Tale of the tape: Who has the edge when Notre Dame visits No. 16 Syracuse Saturday

. … The Irish are tied for 54th in red-zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on just 65.4% of their trips inside the opponents’ 20.

They also reached the 16 last week against UNLV before a false-start penalty led to a Pyne interception

on third-and-8 from the 21. … Clemson escaped upset-minded Syracuse last week with a 5.9-yard average per carry

 by the Tigers’ running backs (45 carries, 266 yards). The Orange rank 76th in rushing defense efficiency,

per Pro Football Focus, but Notre Dame’s rushing attack is just 93rd. …

Irish wideouts have produced just 50 total catches for 652 yards and four touchdowns.

 That would rank tied for 14th, 22nd and tied for 63rd, respectively, among all individual wide receivers at the FBS level.  

has fumbled just once on 99 official rushing attempts. The 6-4, 228-pounder has averaged 3.3 yards after

 Syracuse running back Sean Tucker, held to 54 yards on five carries last week at Clemson,

is averaging just 4.4 yards per carry and 63.5 yards per game in his last four outings against FBS competition. …

 Notre Dame is tied for last with Rutgers (82.4 percent) in allowing opponents to score touchdowns

on red-zone trips (14 of 17). That included three more TDs last week against UNLV. …

The Orange have allowed 18 sacks and rank 56th in pass-block efficiency.

Notre Dame is up to 37th in pass-rush efficiency after a three-sack game for Isaiah Foskey last week.

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