Thursday, November 1, 2012
What to Watch: Notre Dame vs. Pitt
By Matt Fortuna
Here are three key storylines heading into the Irish's contest with Pitt:
(1) QB play. Everett Golson has seemingly been great every other game. I think that will change Saturday, when he finally puts his home demons behind and has a great, complete start.
(2) Sacks. Aaron Lynch got too much undeserved heat last season for predicting the Irish could sack Tino Sunseri 10 or more times. Pitt's offense is a much more cohesive unit this season under first-year coach Paul Chryst, but when the protection is bad, it is bad. Sunseri has turned into a very good quarterback, but he has had nowhere to run several times this season, going down six times against Cincinnati and five times against Syracuse and Louisville. None of those defensive lines compares to the Irish's.
(3) One team with names on its jerseys. Pitt went the no-name rout for the start of the Chryst era. He told his players last week that they would get them back on their jerseys if they beat Temple. They beat Temple.