October 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Last Meeting: Notre Dame-33 Miami-17
Lead Editor Andrew Hall:Miami 20-Notre Dame 28
Staff Writer Nick Combs: Miami 17-Notre Dame 27
Podcast Co-Host Brett Arney: Miami 13-Notre Dame 24
This team has a consistent quarterback in Morris that will carry the load if they can’t get the running game going. Duke Johnson does it all and will determine the offense’s production based on his performance. Dorsett is their deep threat and with Notre Dame’s secondary still young, they will take their shots deep to test these young players. Miami is 38th in scoring offense, which makes this the best team that Notre Dame has faced statistically and by far the fastest. My advice? Contain, then contain, and then contain some more. Don’t let their playmakers get into space, because they will make defenders miss. Keep the running backs between the tackles and never let anyone behind you in the secondary. Lastly don’t kick the football off to Dorsett or Johnson, since they are both averaging over 26 yards per return. Doing these things will give Notre Dame the best chance to win.
Miami is an average defense that is playing with a lot of young guys and they continue to improve each week. Miami likes to bring pressure from the linebacker on the weak side especially when they are in the 4-3 under defense, which can cause a big hit on the quarterback. They did this multiple times against NC State and recorded 2 fumbles, because of the backside blitzes. Notre Dame should be able to get their offense going against Miami, but they needed to improve a lot over the bye week.