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What we've learned about the Irish: Notre Dame looked sloppier (five turnovers, eight penalties) than any other Top 25 team in its 23--20 loss to South Florida.
What we've learned about the Wolverines: When asked how he felt about his defense, which gave up 199 yards in the first half of the 34--10 win over Western Michigan, new coach Brady Hoke said flatly, "Not very good."
What it all means on Saturday: If Notre Dame can get serviceable quarterback play, then the Irish, with their superior talent, should prevail in the first night game ever in the Big House.
BYU at TEXAS
What we've learned about the Cougars: BYU has a stout run defense. The Cougars limited Ole Miss—a power running team with giants on the O-line—to 64 yards on 29 carries in BYU's 14--13 comeback win.
What we've learned about the Longhorns: The offense is still a work-in-progress. In their 34--9 win over Rice, the Longhorns didn't take control until the third quarter.
What it all means on Saturday: This is a measuring-stick game for both teams—one that will likely hinge on which offense can most quickly get into a rhythm and sustain it. That offense? Texas's.
UTAH at USC
What we've learned about the Utes: The passing game is "abysmal," coach Kyle Whittingham said after Jordan Wynn threw for just 101 yards in a 27--10 win over Montana State.
What we've learned about the Trojans: Sophomore receiver Robert Woods is the next big thing on a roster short of playmakers. He caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three TDs in a surprisingly close 19--17 win over Minnesota.