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Notre Dame-Miami preview

Notre Dame continues its off-site game series tonight when it plays Miami at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The No. 9 Irish (4-0) are coming off a bye week, and Miami (4-1) is riding a three-game winning streak.

Here are three matchups to watch for tonight:

Irish cornerbacks Bennett Jackson and KeiVarae Russell vs. Miami receivers Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott: First-year starters Jackson and Russell have exceeded expectations through the first four games as Notre Dame has the nation's ninth best defensive passing efficiency rating at 96.8. Jackson is tied with linebacker Manti Te'o for the team lead in interceptions with four. Dorsett and Scott have proven to be effective weapons for the Hurricanes. Dorsett is averaging 16.6 yards per catch and leads with team in TD receptions with three. Scott averages 19.2 yards per catch and has two touchdown catches.

Notre Dame's rushing game vs. Miami's rushing defense: The Irish have slowed down in their ground game after opening the season with 293 rushing yards against Navy. Notre Dame has only averaged 89.3 rushing yards in its last three games. But the Irish could get a big game from their running backs today as Miami has struggled to stop the run. The Hurricanes have the 112th ranked rushing defense in the nation, giving up 225.6 rushing yards per game.

Notre Dame's pass rush vs. Miami's pass protection: The Irish have done a good job of getting after the quarterback this season. Notre Dame has 14 sacks, led by defensive end Stephon Tuitt's six, and it has 16 quarterback hurries, led by Tuitt's and Prince Shembo's four. Miami has given up seven sacks this year, but it hasn't faced a front seven of Notre Dame's quality yet.

Prediction: Notre Dame 35, Miami31