Notre Dame’s football team takes on Ohio State in Week 1, so which members of the program need to be great to get the win?
The time has finally come for the Notre Dame football team to take on Ohio State. The Week 1 matchup will take place inside the Horseshoe, a magnificent stadium that is home to the Buckeyes and can be a very difficult place to play.
For the Irish, the goal is simple, as a victory in Week 1 against the No. 2 preseason team according to the AP poll would move them into the college football playoff discussion. Notre Dame football is ranked No. 5 to start the season and has a very tough schedule ahead of it, but it all starts this Saturday against Ohio State.
Here, we look at who needs to be great for the Irish to be victorious.
Notre Dame football: Who has to be great to beat Ohio State?
We start at the most important position in sports, and that’s starting quarterback. True sophomore Tyler Buchner beat out Drew Pyne to win the starting job a few weeks ago and has become a true leader of this program on and off the field.
Against Ohio State, in his first college start, Buchner will have to lean on veterans, as there are plenty of players on this roster who have played in big games before. However, he must also show his playmaking ability, as he has the ability to beat a team with his arm and legs, and against Ohio State, he may have to be perfect.
The Notre Dame football team has a lot of talent on the defensive end of the ball, but the man who has to have his best game against the Buckeyes is Isaiah Foskey. Foskey, one of the top running backs in the history of this program, must make life very uncomfortable for CJ Stroud, widely considered one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy this season.
Foskey is about to be No. 1 all-time in terms of sacks in Notre Dame football history, which would be quite an achievement. He can get the party started with a bang against Ohio State, playing in front of a national crowd and bolstering his first-round status.
All eyes will be on Al Golden in this matchup, having beaten Ohio State before when he was the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. Ohio State’s offense is one of the best in the country, and they have elite playmakers across the board, so your game plan against them will be the difference between a win and a loss on Saturday night.
Fortunately for Irish fans, Golden is one of the best in the business, and prior to becoming head coach of Notre Dame’s football program, Marcus Freeman was also considered one of the best defensive coordinators. That combination has to be able to put together a game plan to stop the talented Stroud and company.