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Florida State has a pretty good pass defense. It is ranked 35th against the pass, but its run defense is second in the nation.
Therefore, Notre Dame might have some trouble running the ball. The Irish will need to throw early and often.
With quite a bit of time to prepare for the Notre Dame offense, Florida State will be well-schooled in the Irish offense. The Seminoles will know that when Michael Floyd isn't producing, the Irish offense stagnates.
Brian Kelly will need to throw a few wrinkles in the offense. Kelly will have to make sure to have Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix spread the ball around.
Tyler Eifert will have to have a big day if Floyd is double-covered, but T.J. Jones, Robby Toma and Theo Riddick will need to stay involved. Each player can expect to get targeted more than they have all season.
Kelly will need to call some quick-developing playing to quell Florida State's pass-rush. The Seminoles are tied for ninth in sacks, so to help Rees and Hendrix stay upright, Kelly will be calling wide receiver screens, quick out routes and throws to Cierre Wood out of the backfield.
The Irish are going to have to try to keep Florida State's outstanding defense on its toes, and quick plays or spreading the ball around may be the only way to do so.