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Improved tackling and a commitment to the running game will help hold off the Huskies and allow Notre Dame to enter its Week Six Bye at 4-1.

Over the summer, I ranked Notre Dame's 2009 opponents 1-12, not only focusing on the opposition's talent-level, but the slotting/timing of the contest; the likely stakes at the time of the game; and with a nod toward the myriad factors that help determine why college football teams (for example) are capable of beating USC one week and can then suffer a beat down at the hands of Stanford the next...