Don't let the score fool you. This was not a blow out for Notre Dame. Notre Dame went up 14-0 in the first 5 minutes of the game, but overall was a little shaky.
Surprisingly, it wasn't Notre Dame's defense that looked shaky, and not the offense. Notre Dame's defense got very lucky several times this game. Number one, they were facing Temple and not Michigan. Temple got to the 50 yard line 3 times, Notre Dame's side of the field twice, and did not convert any of those times. Then, Temple missed two field goals which would've added 6 more points to Temple.
Against Michigan, they will not be stopped 5 times in scoring range and miss 2 field goals. Michigan is a ranked team, with a much better offense. It looks like Notre Dame's defense is not ready for Michigan next week.
On the offense side of the ball, Tommy Rees proved me wrong. He threw 17 for 27, 346 yards passing, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. He did have 2-3 passes that were iffy and could've gone for touchdowns if completed, but I'll take 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions from Tommy.
We also learned Notre Dame's offensive line are going to be great this year. Today, they allowed one sack for Tommy Rees, and kept the running game going. The rushing team averaged 6 yards per carry in large part to the line. Led by the two brothers, Zack and Nick Martin, they played great today and I'm expecting more this season.
We learned Notre Dame's main wide receiver has been found. From this game, it seems like Tommy Rees will be throwing a lot of passes to TJ Jones this year. Jones was quick, fast, and smart as he grabbed 138 yards from receiving. He had one large pass reception, that ended up being 51 yards from Rees.
We were able see George Atkinson the Third today in action. He was named the number one running back by Brian Kelly earlier in the year, but had a disappointing outing today. He only ran for 34 yards, and was trying to too much to bounce to the outside. Instead, was trying to get the big run and it didn't happen.
Finally, our special teams was just horrendous. They missed 2 field goals, and that's just enough for me to be worried. In a close game against a great team, we're going to need 3-6 points. Kyle Brindza and Nick Tausch better start making their field goals.
Overall, I was happy with Notre Dame's offense, but the defense is worrying me. Will they be able to live up to their expectations. Them, and the rest of the team will be tested next week against Michigan.