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Miami quarterback Stephen Morris has thrown nine touchdown passes.

College football preview: Notre Dame vs. Miami

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Soldier Field (61,500/grass), Chicago

TV: NBC

Radio: 1190 AM, 92.3 FM, 107.3 FM

Records: No. 9 Notre Dame 4-0; Miami 4-1

Line: Notre Dame by 14

Series: Notre Dame leads 16-7-1

On the Web: For a video preview, go to “Irish Insights” at www.journalgazette.net and follow our coverage on Twitter at @JGIrishInsights

Notre Dame

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 25.8 (76th in NCAA)

Yards per game: 351.3 (95th)

Passing yards per game: 211 (85th)

Rushing yards per game: 140.3 (84th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 9 (3rd)

Yards per game: 291.3 (15th)

Passing yards per game: 178.8 (19th)

Rushing yards per game: 112.5 (29th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Theo Riddick, 242 rushing yards, 117 receiving yards, 2 TDs; QB Everett Golson, 641 passing yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs; TE Tyler Eifert, 158 receiving yards, 1 TD

Top 3 defensive players: LB Manti Te’o, 38 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 FR; DE Stephon Tuitt, 14 tackles, 6 sacks; CB Bennett Jackson, 22 tackles, 3 INTs

Key to victory: Notre Dame’s offense needs to take advantage of a Miami defense that is giving up 269 passing yards and 225.6 rushing yards per game.

Injuries: S Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles), CB Lo Wood (Achilles), S Austin Collinsworth (shoulder), DE Chase Hounshell (shoulder) out

Miami

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 35.6 (37th)

Yards per game: 472.6 (35th)

Passing yards per game: 328.4 (15th)

Rushing yards per game: 144.2 (82nd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 33.4 (T-98th)

Yards per game: 494.6 (114th)

Passing yards per game: 269 (91st)

Rushing yards per game: 225.6 (112th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Stephen Morris, 1,635 passing yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs; RB Duke Johnson, 359 rushing yards, 5 TDs; WR Phillip Dorsett, 464 receiving yards, 3 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DE Shayon Green, 35 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss; DE Anthony Chickillo, 21 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks; CB Brandon McGee, 20 tackles, 1 INT, 3 pass breakups

Key to victory: Miami has made big plays in the passing game, 19 for more than 20 yards, and it will need to hit those big plays against a Notre Dame defense that has a 96.8 passing efficiency rating on defense.

Injuries: OL Ben Jones (foot), DB Rayshawn Jenkins (upper extremity), DT Curtis Porter (undisclosed), DT Olsen Pierre (undisclosed), WR Malcom Lewis (ankle), S Sean McNally (undisclosed), LB Ramon Buchanan (knee), LB Raphael Kirby (knee) out

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– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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