What to watch: Week 8 vs. BYU

October, 18, 2012
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Here's what to expect Saturday when the Cougars enter Notre Dame Stadium.

1. Everett Golson gets the call. Not just the start, but much of the game until garbage time. Brian Kelly showed a lot of faith in his young signal-caller after several big mistakes last week, and barring injury, expect that to be the case again in a game that probably won't be as close.

2. No BYU TDs. This probably isn't saying too much after the way Notre Dame's defense and BYU's offense have played lately, but I expect the Irish defense to keep its opponent out of the end zone for a fifth straight game. (Which, of course, would make it all seven contests this season without surrendering a rushing score, too.)

3. A long Notre Dame passing TD. We haven't seen a whole lot from the vertical passing game outside of John Goodman's touchdown at MSU and Tyler Eifert's score last week, but look for Golson to connect on at least one deep touchdown pass when BYU brings the rush.

Matt Fortuna | email

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