The Program: Will Miami Spoil Notre Dame's Season?

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterOctober 2, 2012

Everett Golson is going to get the start, and he will be leading the Fighting Irish out on to Soldier Field to take on the Miami Hurricanes.

While plenty of fans want to think back to the late 1980's when these two teams hook up, the real story here is what's happening right now. Miami is a surprising 4-1, while Notre Dame sits at 4-0 and ready to continue its climb up the polls.

The 'Canes are coming off an explosive offensive performance against North Carolina State, and its quarterback, Stephen Morris, looks to continue that onslaught against a weakened Notre Dame secondary. For the Irish, to avoid getting picked apart in the back end, the front seven will have to turn up the heat on Miami's quarterback.

On the other side of the ball, Golson gets what many believe to be a darn near final shot at retaining the starting quarterback job. Miami's defense is vulnerable, and it is on the first-year starter, Golson, to get the team going against the weakest defensive unit it's seen since Navy. Run the ball, then use the run to open up the play-action and roll out pass game.

In this edition of The Program, we take a look at the Fighting Irish hosting the Hurricanes in Chicago.