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When looking at the stats this Notre Dame team put up, it would be hard to suggest they are a good offensive team, but they are much better than the season stats say, and here is why. Notre Dame was way over-matched vs the top teams on their schedule. They played 3 games vs teams that are playing in Bowls on New Year’s Day or after. Those 3 teams held Notre Dame to a combined 10 points and those teams ranked #1,#6, and #31 defensively. The Fighting Irish averaged 29.1ppg vs the other 9 teams on their schedule, and never scored less than 21. Those 9 games included 3 other Bowl teams, Pittsburgh,North Carolina, and Navy. They averaged 28ppg vs those teams, and those teams have anaverage defensive rank of #49, which is better than Hawaii’s #59th ranked defense. Hawaii put up some big offensive games, but look who they were against. Their 49 was against a #116 ranked Idaho defense, and their 42 was against a #77 N. Mexico St. defense. Their 38 was against a #92 Nevada defense. Their 32 was against a #89 Fresno St. defense. There was noone else on their schedule they scored more than 24 against, and that includes games vs #109,#100, and #80 ranked defense. They spent most of their season against defenses that ranked in the bottom 3rd of the NCAA’s 120 teams. Notre Dame is ranked #39 against a tougher schedule. Despite the weak defenses Hawaii faced they were sacked 38 times, the 5th most in NCAA football this season. They scored 13ppg against defenses in the upper half of the NCAA. I look for Notre Dame to win this game by a good margin, and will back them in this one. Happy Holiday’s to all!