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Notre Dame goes into BYU game with QB questions

2012-10-19T19:58:00Z Notre Dame goes into BYU game with QB questionsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 19, 2012 7:58 pm  • 

Brigham Young knew it could be facing two Notre Dame quarterbacks on Saturday. Now it could be three.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly announced Thursday he wouldn't decide on a starter for the fifth-ranked Irish (6-0) until game time Saturday because he wants to see how starter Everett Golson responds after being cleared to play after sustaining a concussion.

The Irish have been using Golson as a starter and backup Tommy Rees as the closer with great success. But Kelly says if Golson isn't ready to go he might start junior Andrew Hendrix against Brigham Young (4-3). Kelly says Hendrix had a good week of practice.

BYU has the nation's fifth-rated defense, but is coming off its worst performance of the year against No. 8 Oregon State.

Sore Buckeyes looking to maintain hex on Indiana: Ohio State has held the upper hand against Indiana for decades.

New coach Urban Meyer knows it won't matter Saturday night.

He knows one of the Midwest's most lopsided college football series' has evolved from stodgy, smash-mouth football of years past into an up-tempo pace that could be one of the Big Ten's most entertaining games this weekend.

Both teams are scoring more than 32 points per game.

The Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are the highest-ranked team and only undefeated team left in the league. Indiana (2-3, 0-2) has the conference's No. 1 passing offense (305.2).

The Hoosiers have lost 17 straight games to the Buckeyes.

Purdue, Ohio State trying to fix leaky defenses: Neither Purdue's Danny Hope nor Ohio State's Urban Meyer can trust their defenses these days.

As a result, no one has any idea what's going to happen when the teams meet on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

The Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) have been dinged for an average of 41 points and 527 yards in losses the past two weeks to Michigan and Wisconsin, both at home. Over that same span, the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) have escaped with wins over Nebraska and Indiana while surrendering 43.5 points and 458 yards a game.

After a week of being openly doubted, neither defense is feeling very good about itself.

The big question now is, will they respond to the criticism or are their underlying problems that can't be easily solved?

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