College football fans are gearing up for another glorious Saturday in South Bend. The undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish will host the BYU Cougars in a matchup between two Independents. Following an emotional 20-13 overtime win over the Stanford Cardinal, Notre Dame is undefeated at 6-0 and headed into its 229th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. BYU is 4-3 after dropping a Homecoming game to the Oregon State Beavers.
No. 5 Notre Dame leads a short all-time series 4-2 over BYU. The Irish and Cougars hooked up three straight years from 1992-94. When the two teams last met in 2005, then-Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn led the Irish to a convincing 49-23 victory over BYU.
The two teams are pursuing different goals. Notre Dame is chasing a national title while BYU is looking to claim a couple more wins in the second half of the season to ensure bowl eligibility.
Notre Dame is the only team in the FBS to have already defeated three ranked foes. In addition to the victory over Stanford, Notre Dame has notched wins over the Navy Midshipmen, Purdue Boilermakers, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines and Miami Hurricanes.
Of of only 12 teams still undefeated, Notre Dame is ranked second in the first BCS standings. Six computer rankings have the Fighting Irish ranked second. Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 in the two computer polls produced by Wes Colley and Kenneth Massey and has a defense among the best in the nation.
The Fighting Irish are ranked first in the nation in red zone defense. Notre Dame’s defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in four games and the Irish has limited its past five opponents to less than 300 total yards. And if the old saying “defense win championships” holds true, Notre Dame will continue talking national title.