The University of Notre Dame has an exciting weekend upcoming. The hockey team opens play in the Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis tonight. The mens and womens basketball teams are beginning practice. The volleyball team has two key Big East matchups while looking to improve on an 11-5 record. And the campus is rocking as the Irish come off a road win over Boston College and turn around with an underperforming Pittsburgh Panthers team.
The Irish, now 2-3, dominated on the road last week, finally showing off the discipline that Coach Kelly has been instilling. They came out fast, scoring 21 points before the Eagles could gain any footing on two touchdown passes and one run for a score from quarterback Dayne Crist.
The Irish defense finally showed up, holding BC to just 270 yards, just 5 on the ground. Notre Dame's defense stayed in their lanes and made solid tackles all game, earning 5 quarterback sacks in the process.
The Irish committed just 2 penalties, tying a season low with the Purdue victory, and have not committed more than 7 penalties in any game this season. Under Kelly, this team is not allowing a lack of self control to cost them games.
Pittsburgh (2-2), meanwhile, is coming off a 44-17 victory over Florida International. They also have a victory over New Hampshire, and lost at Utah, and to Miami, Fl. The Panthers were expected to be BCS contenders, and thanks to their participation in the Big East they still are (but only because the Big East is one of the weakest conferences in FBS).
Notre Dame, however, is more solid and has confidence. Pitt has too many questions right now and has played an extremely soft schedule. This one should go to the Irish.