Notre Dame football: 5 bold predictions for the Florida State game
4. Notre Dame Doesn’t Allow a Sack
Everyone is concerned about the Notre Dame football offensive line coming into this season. That concern is warranted. Four of last season’s starters are in the NFL now. That means that there are unknowns on the offensive line, as well as potential issues with the chemistry of this new group.
So, it may seem silly to think that they wouldn’t give up at least one sack, especially with a pocket passing quarterback that doesn’t run well.
There are a few reasons for this. For one, Notre Dame’s offensive line is a fun talking point for potential problems, but there is less to be concerned about than you might think. Jarrett Patterson is back at center, and he’ll be calling out assignments all season long. Meanwhile, Zeke Correll and Josh Lugg saw significant time last season due to injuries to Irish starters.
That leaves two starting spots open with players who haven’t started a game at Notre Dame. For one of those spots, the Irish brought in Cain Madden, who was an All-American in 2020. There is no need to worry there.
In reality, Blake Fisher at the left tackle is the only major concern. The only reason he’s a concern, though, is that he’s a true freshman. By his natural talent, feel for the game, and size, Fisher is going to be dominant.
You also have to consider the opponent in this case. Florida State was awful on the defensive line in 2020, and there’s not much to think they’ll be better in 2021. They were last in the ACC in forcing sacks, so there is no reason to expect them to touch Coan on Sunday night.