Florida State is coming off a win, but Notre Dame is a different level of an opponent. Takin' it all the way to the HOUSE! FSU players didn’t hit someone after a 10, or 15-yard gain and stand talking smack. The week to week improvement is evident. On the other side of this matchup is the Florida State Seminoles who have looked terrible this year. After the schedules were reset due to — well everything — I often thought of Florida State as the “trap” game we all love to identify in the preseason. The Fighting Irish have the offensive line to compete with a talented Florida State defensive line. Any remaining balance will be settled through our payment system, with any leftover credits applying towards future purchases. Florida State is coming into South Bend after playing Georgia Tech, Miami and Jacksonville State. Notre Dame is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 home games. No pandemic will shift the Irish mentality. However, this game will stand more as Florida State trying to catch Notre Dame slipping over beating them with talent. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. Now we just have to keep on moving. Wilson is looking like he could be a breakout candidate in 2020. But this should be another solid game for Notre Dame and their ACC only schedule, Become a premium Irish Breakdown member, which grants you access to all of our premium content, our premium message board and gets you a FREE subscription to Sports Illustrated! It wasn't the prettiest of performances but it was enough to get the job done and move No. On defense, I saw an improvement on third down. The biggest limiting factor for the offense was the lack of success on third downs, which has been a problem all year. Notre Dame will also be their circle the calendar game because of history and the chance to try and win in South Bend. Get EXCLUSIVE Free Picks, Special NEWSLETTER ONLY Offers, The Irish come into this game as huge favorites and are finally (mostly) healthy with the return of Kevin Austin and Kyle Hamilton. — Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) October 11, 2020 His second career touchdown extended the Notre Dame lead over Florida State 28-17 late in the second quarter. Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN releases his very own top four teams nationally each weekend after the games conclude. What followed was one of the greatest games college football has ever seen as the top ranked Trojans survived by the skin of their teeth and remained unbeaten with a 34-31 win. I know the defensive line still played terribly, and the linebackers and secondary are still nothing to write home about, but they held the Irish to two third-down conversions after allowing 11 third-down conversions against Miami. While most teams getting all the attention are Clemson, Louisville and North Carolina, another is setting up for a better year. So Herbstreit doesn't only have Notre Dame not in his top four like both major polls do, but he also has Clemson rated third instead... 15 years ago this past October the defending national champions in USC came to Notre Dame ranked first in the nation while the Irish were an upstart squad ranked in the top ten. Herbstreit didn't release his latest top four until after noon on Sunday and with the Big Ten getting going the last couple of weeks, the former Ohio State quarterback no longer has Notre Dame ranked in his top four.