Notre Dame Football: Fighting Irish Will Get Their First True Test vs. Purdue

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 3, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 04: Robert Marve #9 of the Purdue Boilermakers throws a pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 4, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defated Purdue 23-12. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest concerns Notre Dame football has is its depth in the secondary. Navy was unable to expose that, and the Irish easily blew them out, 50-10, in the opener. 

Despite losing by 40 points, Navy only attempted 20 passes. At this point, it is unclear if the Irish will be better against the pass than many predict.

I have a feeling we're going to find out pretty soon. Purdue is Notre Dame's next opponent, and it should be able to test the Irish's pass defense.

Senior starting quarterback Robert Marve is one of those players that has seemingly been around six or seven years. Well, in this case, that feeling is accurate.

Due to a transfer and a rash of injuries, Marve was granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Caleb TerBush was supposed to be the starter, but he was given a one-game suspension for violating team rules (via ESPN).

Granted, the Boilermakers were only playing Eastern Kentucky, but Marve looked good. He threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He was extremely accurate at a clip of 30-of-38.

Purdue blew Eastern Kentucky out, 48-6, so they find themselves in a similar situation.

Navy is a better football team than Eastern Kentucky, but after their season-opening routs, Notre Dame and Purdue are both untested. Notre Dame's defense and running game ruled the day in Dublin, and the Midshipmen never got the chance to make first-year starter Everett Golson beat them.

They turned the ball four times, and that killed their chances of an upset.

Marve is experienced, and the Boilermakers aren't going to turn the ball over four times. The pro-style offense will give Notre Dame's defense a fresh look.

My prediction is a Notre Dame victory, but it will be interesting to see how the young defense responds to an offense that can move the ball through the air.


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