The Notre Dame football team took care of business against Florida State, escaping with a victory, and here are three things we learned.
Notre Dame football and Florida State just played an all-time classic, there is no doubt about that. The Irish, a favorite coming into the game, was expected to get a game and they almost got the game of the year.
Florida State was celebrating their legendary coach Bobby Bowden in memoriam. Meanwhile, McKenzie Milton was rumored to be making his return to college football. Eventually, Milton would make his return, and he would do so while leading the Seminoles back from 10 points down.
Of course, we know the ending. Milton led the Seminoles all the way back, only to be failed by the team around him. The offensive line failed once again, as it had all night for Jordan Travis. Florida State’s kicker Ryan Fitzgerald missed wide left (maybe it really was Bobby Bowden’s night at Doak).
Notre Dame would win the game in their half of the first overtime, and what should have been a magical night for Milton, was dead.
In all of this were a ton of different things to take away for the Irish. Breaking it down into just three things isn’t easy, but the goal here is to not overreact to one game. Calls for Marcus Freeman’s job are wildly reactionary and unproductive, for instance.
Knee jerking and saying the offensive line is the worst in years isn’t quite proven just yet. Instead, we’re looking for things we know happened and we know what the issue is relating to them. It can be a positive, or it can be a negative. Either way, the goal is to not be reactionary.
So, here are three things we learned from Week 1 at Florida State: