Saturday's Keys

No. 5 Notre Dame (9-1) should cruise to an easy win on Saturday against Army (3-7), giving head coach Charlie Weis the opportunity to play all his seniors on Senior Day.

This contest is more about the Irish getting better and focusing on themselves before heading out to USC for the season finale. Here are the keys to the game.

1. Turnovers: Pat Kuntz's fumble recovery in the fourth quarter against Navy was the last takeaway for the Irish defense. Army's 32 turnovers lead the nation. The Irish defense will have to be more opportunistic, building momentum for the game against the Trojans.

2. Implementing Marcus Freeman into the offense: The fifth-year senior takes over for the injured John Carlson. If Freeman is able to get open and be the reliable pass catcher Carlson was, the offense won't miss a beat. Weis should call some plays that get Freeman involved early. If Freeman is significantly in the mix, the Trojans will have to game plan for him.

3. Get out healthy: Carlson's injury against Air Force could end up impacting the outcome of the season. The Irish can't afford anybody to go down in a game that the second-team could win. Get up early and get the key guys off the field. They will be needed against the Trojans.

Prediction: Notre Dame 42, Army 15: The Army defense has no shot of containing Brady Quinn and the Notre Dame offense.

Offensive MVP: Quinn keeps himself in the Heisman hunt, tossing three first-half touchdown passes.

Defensive MVP: Victor Abiamiri will be too much to handle. The Irish defensive end will have three sacks in his final game at Notre Dame Stadium. Top Stories