3. Protect Golson early
Much has been made of sophomore quarterback Everett Golson and how he'll play in Monday's game. Notre Dame surmises that if Golson has anything close to a career game, the Irish have a good chance of winning.
The ingredient for a good game? The word that frequently came up this week was “confidence.”
Confidence is established early in the game, but that's when Alabama, one of the nation's best teams at rushing the passer, will likely institute extra blitz calls to prevent Golson from establishing a rhythm with his receivers. Golson is looking to counterpunch.
“Well, I think not only our offensive line, but I think we, as a team, want to kind of make a statement,” Goslon said.
4. Make more mistakes?
Yep, that's the plan, as Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly explains:
“What I meant by that is that you have to be aggressive in this game,” Kelly said. “If you're going to sit back and hope that it's going to come your way, you're going to miss. … This is one of those games where you have to be aggressive, and you're going to make a mistake. I'm not talking about catastrophic mistakes, throwing picks for touchdowns, but you may make a mistake.”
5. Tap into the luck of the Irish.
Notre Dame plotted a few narrow escapes this season, and they'll need that “luck of the Irish,” as well as all their other resources to be on full blast Monday. Kelly won't game plan luck, but he'll take it.
“So if it's destiny, that would be fine with me,” he said.