What to watch: Notre Dame, Week 7

Got questions about Notre Dame? Send them in here. Let's take a look at what to watch from the Irish in this Saturday's home game against Western Michigan:

1. Keeping the foot on the gas: Maintaining offensive momentum and playing a complete game remain issues for Notre Dame. Well, there's little excuse for the Fighting Irish not to step on the accelerator and floor it against an overmatched MAC team. This one shouldn't be in doubt for too long, and it would be great to see Notre Dame put the Broncos away early and maybe even get some valuable playing time for young players and backups late.

2. Next men in at tight end: The loss of Kyle Rudolph was a huge blow for the offense. How big will it be? We'll start to get an idea this week as Tyler Eifert and Mike Ragone step into much more prominent roles. Can either one of them come close to replacing the production of Rudolph? Or will Notre Dame simply have to adjust its offense and go with more four- and five-wide receiver sets?

3. Stopping the pass: One thing Western Michigan does well is pass the ball. Western Michigan is ranked 23rd in passing offense in the FBS, and the combination of quarterback Alex Carder and Jordan White is a dangerous one. The Irish have played decently in the secondary this year and are continuing to get healthier with Jamoris Slaughter and Darrin Walls, while Zeke Motta keeps learning on the job. If Notre Dame slows down the Western Michigan pass game, the game should be easily in hand.