Notre Dame to kickoff season at Florida State


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Notre Dame fans rush the field after beating Clemson in 2OT

Billy Mattison

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will kickoff their season against the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee, Florida on Sunday.

The Irish are coming off of a 11-1 record last year with a blowout lost to Clemson in the ACC championship.  However they still earned a spot in the College Football Playoffs but then lost to the tough Alabama Crimson Tide in the Rose Bowl Game in the College Football Semifinals.

The Irish have added good new talent this year including Grad-Student transfer quarterback from Wisconsin Jack Coan and five-star recruit offensive lineman Blake Fisher.  The Irish also return plenty of talent including Running Backs Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree, Tight End Michael Meyer or Baby Gronk on offense as well as defensive linemen Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Isiah Foskey, and 2022 first round NFL draft prospect Safety Kyle Hamilton on defense.

Despite all this elite talent on both sides of the ball, the Irish have to go up against a very strong Florida State Seminoles team in Tallahassee.

FSU has not had a winning record since 2017 when they went 7-6 with a win in the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi.  They ended the season last year with a 3-6 record and finished third to last in the ACC. However, the Seminoles are looking good this year.

Like the Irish, they also have an infusion of new talent.  Transfer redshirt senior QB from UCF McKenzie Milton and redshirt junior wide receiver Ontaria “Pokey” Wilson will help their offense.  Last year, Wilson was FSU’s top receiver last year.  He is definitely a player that the Irish DB’s have to be ready for.

However, the Seminole defense is not highly touted.  The greatest challenge for the Irish though is going to be playing in FSU.  The fans are going to be loud and fired up and the Irish will have to block out all that noise.  It will be a fun game to watch so make sure to watch it on Sunday at 7:30 on ABC.  Go Irish!