Five Answers: USC

Notre Dame finished its regular season undefeated and earned a spot in the National Championship game. We posed five questions prior to the Irish heading out west and now have the answers.

ANSWER ONE

Can Notre Dame's offense control the tempo of the game and control the clock with its running game?

Yes! The key to the win was not only the goal line stand but also the fact the Irish controlled the football for over 34 minutes on the night as Brian Kelly used the Irish running attack a total of 42 times on the night for 222 yards.

ANSWER TWO

Can the Irish defense keep Trojans running backs Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal in check?

Yes! While the duo combined for 115 yards on the night, neither back entered the end zone. Take away each of their big runs and the combined for only 79 yards on the night.

ANSWER THREE

Can the Irish defensive secondary keep receivers Marquise Lee and Robert Woods from the end zone?

Yes & No… Woods did score one touchdown but the Irish kept Lee from hurting them as many expected him to do.

ANSWER FOUR

Will USC quarterback Max Wittek's guarantee to beat the Irish happen?

No! Wittek showed Trojan fans promise in going 14-of-23 for 186 yards and one touchdown. However, he threw two interceptions and was sacked twice failing to deliver short passes when his team needed them most.

ANSWER FIVE

Can the Irish keep their top ranking for more than a week?

Yes! In fact the Irish will be sitting at No. 1 for a total of seven weeks when they take the field in the national championship game. A victory in Miami will keep the Irish on top but a loss could find some looking to drop them below others with one loss.


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