Notre Dame vs BYU: Confidences & Concerns

After a tumultuous and stressful first month of the Marcus Freeman Era,

it feels like the bye week was a much-needed and welcomed chance for everybody around the Notre Dame program.  

Players, coaches and fans alike could sit back, take a breath and just slow things down for a moment.

As we emerge from the break and focus on the Irish’s Shamrock Series game versus BYU in Las Vegas this weekend,

a tremendous opportunity presents itself to Notre Dame.

The chance to knock off the 16th ranked team in the country and show that early September was a mirage and not who the Irish are.

n this regard, what happens in Vegas most definitely does not stay in Vegas.

The Irish can take the proverbial “next step” in forming their early Freeman Era identity by notching a ranked win in primetime this Saturday.

Let’s take a look at three confidences and three concerns I have pertaining to the Irish entering this affair.

Confidence: The Power Run Game Notre Dame has found something to lean on in the running game over the last couple tilts. 

Confidence: The Power Run Game Coming off a bye week with fresh legs and an extra week to work out some kinks, 

Confidence: The Power Run Game I expect Notre Dame to be able to continue to utilize all 3 versatile backs Chris Tyree, Audric Estime and logan diggs in both the run and pass game this week.

Confidence: The Power Run Game Aside from the fact that Notre Dame seems to have found its stride regarding the running game, this is also an area BYU has struggled in. 

Confidence: The Power Run Game Teams such as Wyoming and Utah State who lack Notre Dame’s pure bulk and star power have piled up rushing yards to the tune of at or around 100 yards eclipsed in the first quarter and near 200 overall in said games. 

Confidence: The Power Run Game I expect this trend to continue and for the Irish to try to exert their will up front with success all night. 

Confidence: Drew Pyne Settling In No, he isn’t C.J. Stroud, the next Trevor Lawrence or even the current young Drake Maye physically, 

Confidence: Drew Pyne Settling In but after a rough start through less than ideal circumstances beyond his control such as injury and poor Offensive Line play early, 

Confidence: Drew Pyne Settling In the game is starting to slow down for Drew Pyne and he’s settling in nicely.

Confidence: Drew Pyne Settling In All Notre Dame can ask of him is to continue to play how he did against North Carolina. 

Confidence: Drew Pyne Settling In Protect the ball, distribute, make good decisions and deliver on a few key throws and scrambles. 

Confidence: Drew Pyne Settling In With an extra week of practice I think he will look even more comfortable running the show, in Las Vegas of all places. 

Confidence: Drew Pyne Settling In How appropriate. If he plays the best he can within himself again, Notre Dame is in stable hands this week. 

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