Notre Dame travels to Pittsburgh for a noon showdown with the 2-1 Panthers. While the Irish, with a 1-2 record, have struggled, Pitt has failed to do much better.
Notre Dame's losses, at least, are to two teams now ranked, and their win is over a team that was previously ranked. Pitt, on the other hand, had difficult time in tough victories over lowly Buffalo and FCS Maine... a hockey school not known for being even remotely competitive on the football field.
The real concern for the Irish is not Pitt. It is whether or not the offense will continue turning the ball over. In their victory over Michigan State the defense held fast for four quarters, special teams came through with a return TD, and the offense, while still committing 3 turnovers, held the ball well when the game was on the line.
The Irish only managed 275 yards in their first victory, but used a kickoff return for a TD to get out to an early 14-3 lead. Had they not returned that kickoff, MSU might have been up 10-7, which might have prevented ND from gaining any momentum. And the Irish's first TD should have been called back for a holding penalty. But none of that mattered. At the end of the day, they found a way to keep MSU out of the endzone.
Pitt, meanwhile, has been unimpressive, playing an extremely weak schedule, and not winning convincingly. The Panthers give up a lot of yards through the air, and should easily be stopped by Notre Dame's defense. ND should easily move to 2-2 as long as they hold onto the ball and complete their drives.