The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into their Week 6 matchup against the Miami Hurricanes with a 4-0 record, and will continue their best start since the 2002 season.
Miami enters the game with a potent offense, having scored 38 points or more in each of their four wins this season. But in their only game against a ranked opponent, the Hurricanes were held to a measly 13 points in their blowout loss to Kansas State, 52-13.
Notre Dame will be the best defense Miami has seen thus far in 2012. The Irish are ranked No. 3 in the nation in points allowed, surrendering nine points per game. Clearly, the Hurricanes will have a tough time scoring points, which is something they must do to win this game.
On top of that, the Hurricanes will be without fifth-year starter and the anchor to their offensive line, Bob Jones.
Notre Dame's elite defense will have a field day while attacking Jones' replacement, and that will help the Irish get more penetration and put more pressure on Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris.
With that pressure, Morris will have to avoid forcing throws and committing turnovers. Not many teams in the nation are better than the Irish at forcing turnovers, coming into this game ranked No. 3 in the country with a plus-nine turnover margin.
Offensively, Notre Dame should have no problem moving the ball and scoring touchdowns.
The Hurricanes have proved to have quite the shaky defense and have yet to establish themselves as a legit unit. The fewest amount of points allowed by Miami this season was 10 against the lowly Bethune-Cookman squad.
Against other less respected offenses like Boston College, Kansas State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, Miami has allowed 32 points or more in each game.
In all, Miami is ranked No. 100 in the country in points against per game.
While the Irish won't put a ton of points up on the board in this game, Notre Dame has the kind of defense that will keep this a low-scoring affair, and that plays right into this team's strengths and into the weakness of the Hurricanes.