After completely dismantling Idaho State at home, BYU returns to the road to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cougars lost 17-14 in a heartbreaker in South Bend last season, and now they have a chance for revenge. A win at Notre Dame would be BYU's biggest statement of the season.
However, the Fighting Irish's power running game and stern defense will be a difficult test for BYU. Notre Dame has had two weeks to stew over its 28-21 loss to Pitt before its bye week, so the Cougars can expect the Irish to be highly motivated to get back into the wins column.
BYU (7-3) at Notre Dame (7-3)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MST, Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
Radio: 1160 AM
Weather: Cloudy, cold, windy, snowy. Temperatures at kickoff will be 32 degrees, and 23 degrees by game’s end.
for Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish are looking to win their final home game of the season and send their seniors out with a victory.
For BYU The Cougars are eyeing a big non-conference road win at historic Notre Dame Stadium, and redemption after last year’s narrow loss in South Bend.
for Notre Dame
The Irish are 63-19-1 in home finales at Notre Dame Stadium.
For BYU The Cougars are 1-4 at Notre Dame all-time, with their lone victory coming in a 21-14 decision in 1994.
Notre Dame will win if
The Fighting Irish control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
BYU will win if The Cougars avoid turnovers, are efficient on third down and in the red zone, and can get big plays from wide receiver Cody Hoffman.
Taysom Hill, BYU: The sophomore quarterback is looking to rebound from a three-interception performance against Idaho State last week. His ability to run the ball could be a big factor in the game.
BYU’s offensive line vs. Notre Dame's defensive line: The Cougars’ O-line will be severely tested by Irish stars Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, who will be trying to put the pressure on Hill and stopping BYU’s rushing attack.
Notre Dame: None.
BYU: Wide receiver/kick return specialist JD Falslev (broken hand) is a game-time decision. Linebacker Spencer Hadley (knee) and tight end Devin Mahina (abductor) won’t play Saturday.