Notre Dame Fighting Irish Will Cruise to Victory Against BYU

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 16, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches along with his team as the Irish take on the Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a perfect 6-0 this season and their overall success will no doubt continue against the BYU Cougars in Week 8.

Notre Dame is coming off a hard-fought win over the Stanford Cardinal, 20-13, and with that test behind them they should have an easier time this week.

BYU, on the other hand, got exposed badly last week as their defense allowed 42 points to the Oregon State Beaves, a team that ranks No. 70 in the nation in points per game. That's a great sign for the Irish's No. 69 ranked offense.

On the surface, the Cougars look like a great defensive team with their No. 7 ranking in the nation, but a lack of quality opponents makes that statistic look more like a mirage.

Everett Golson may not be able to go for the Irish thanks to a concussion he suffered last week, but that shouldn't matter much. Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix are both candidates to fill in, but after Cody Vaz torched BYU in his first college start last week, inexperience behind center isn't a concern.

Per Matt Fortuna of, Golson is expected to play, but still must pass more tests before he can be cleared.

The Irish enjoyed success in their running game last week, racking up 150 yards on the ground. Even without Golson's contributions, the Irish still broke the 100-yard mark as a team. Being that the Cougars can be beaten through the air, the Irish should be able to establish the run once again this Saturday, and that should keep BYU honest.

BYU's offense is nothing to call home about, sporting the No. 80 offense in the nation. The Cougars will have their toughest challenge yet this season, facing a defense in Notre Dame that is far more talented than any other BYU has faced this year.

Notre Dame is easily one of the best defenses in the nation, ranking No. 2 overall. BYU couldn't break the 400-yard mark as a team against a lesser defense in Oregon State, so things don't figure to get any easier against the Irish.

Without the ability to move the ball on the ground, BYU will be forced to throw the ball more often, and that plays right into the hands of Notre Dame.

Led by Manti Te'o, the Irish will put a ton of pressure on Riley Nelson, forcing turnovers and racking up sacks against a suspect offensive line.

Even if BYU's defense does prove to be solid this week, Notre Dame's defense is just too good to overcome.

The Cougars don't have anywhere near sufficient weapons on offense to put points on the board against the Irish, making this game an impossible one to win for BYU.