TV/radio: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; NBC-5, WMVP-AM 1000.
Line: Notre Dame by 17½.
Records: Florida State 4-5, Notre Dame 9-0.
1. Keep applying pressure.
Florida State’s offensive line has been ineffectual, with injuries taking a toll early in the season. The Seminoles have allowed 28 sacks, including five in each of the last two games against Clemson and at North Carolina State. Notre Dame had five sacks in last week’s win at Northwestern. The Irish will need to pressure Florida State’s quarterback, whether it’s Deondre Francois or James Blackman. Francois started the first eight games but was out last week because of a concussion. Blackman passed for 421 yards and four touchdowns against N.C. State. Florida State coach Willie Taggart has not named a starter. “They both can win for us,” Taggart said Wednesday.
2. Be opportunistic.
The Seminoles have lost one fumble in eight of their nine games. Overall, Florida State has lost 11 fumbles. Additionally, the Seminoles have thrown eight interceptions. Florida State is tied for 120th nationally in turnover margin (minus-8). Notre Dame has scored 38 points off turnovers this season. The Irish have recovered five fumbles and intercepted eight passes. Notre Dame is tied for 54th nationally in turnover margin (plus-2).
3. Pick apart Florida State’s secondary.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for 314 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-10 win against Florida State on Oct. 27. N.C. State’s Ryan Finley had 240 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 47-28 victory against the Seminoles last week.
LaMond Pope’s pick: The Irish will benefit from a Florida State turnover or two. Notre Dame 35, Florida State 20.