Thursday, October 4, 2012
What to watch: Week 6 vs. Miami
By Matt Fortuna
Here's what to keep an eye on Saturday at Soldier Field:
1) Uniforms! C'mon! These have been talked about more than the game. The Irish finally break out their 60/40 split uniform helmets -- more than half sparking gold, less than half navy, with a leprechaun for good measure -- along with darker jersey and striped pants. As Robby Toma recalled Wednesday, coach Brian Kelly said October is the month everyone dresses up in, so have some fun.
2) Irish's D-line. Eyes will be on that young secondary waiting for it to show its age, but much of the defensive backs' success or failure will depend on the pressure Notre Dame gets up front. Facing a young offensive line that lost a redshirt senior last week, the Irish should have as clear an edge as they've had since facing Navy in Week 1.
3) Quarterback. Coaches and players remain convinced that Everett Golson's bad night against Michigan was just that -- one bad night. The jitters will have to be put aside for another prime-time performance this weekend, and the Irish offense has to take advantage against a struggling Miami defense.