Notre Dame football: 5 reasons the Irish will beat Florida State in Week 1

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Notre Dame football center Jarrett Patterson, right, will reportedly miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Patterson started the previous 21 games for the Irish.
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The Notre Dame football team takes on Florida State in Week 1, and here are five reasons why they will beat the Seminoles on the road.

The Notre Dame football team will take on the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday night in a game that is a must-win if they want to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. I know that is kind of crazy being that it is only Week 1, but we have seen some highly-ranked teams fall already this weekend to some unranked opponents, so this is not a Florida State team to be taken lightly.

As we inch closer to kickoff, we are taking a deep dive into the matchup, including all the reasons why the Irish should come out victorious inside Doak Campbell Stadium in Week 1.

Notre Dame football: 5 reasons the Irish will beat Florida State

Notre Dame is stronger up front on both sides of the ball

Football games are won in the trenches no matter what level you play, and on Sunday, the better team upfront should prevail. That team would be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who, while replacing a bunch of talent along the offensive line, still has a dominant unit going into Week 1.

On defense, the group is experienced, and deep, and it will be interesting to see how they get a pass rush with Daelin Hayes and Ade Ogundeji gone. The expectation is that Isaiah Foskey and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa will step right in, and in the middle, Kurt Hinish is primed for a breakout season.

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