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Florida State vs. Notre Dame: Second quarter/halftime

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Seminoles taking on the Irish in a continuation of a historic series

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Florida State Seminoles football is taking on Notre Dame Fighting Irish football in a primetime matchup Saturday, and we’ve been covering the game from all angles on Tomahawk Nation.

Go ahead and jump in the comments to fire off frustrations, ask any questions, share any thoughts — basically, enjoy the misery that is college football fandom with your fellow masochists.

Score at halftime:

Notre Dame 35, Florida State 20

Stats:

Jordan Travis: 7-15 117 yards, one touchdown (25 yards rushing, one touchdown)

Tamorrion Terry: 4 receptions, 62 yards, one touchdown

Notre Dame: 12 yards per rush, 7.8 yards per pass

Quick observations:

  • Linebackers continue to be an issue for the defense — the Irish have picked on each different player, leading to Brendan Gant, DJ Lundy and other freshman getting some burn.
  • Counter, counter, counter — from both teams.
  • Jordan Travis’ athleticism is coming into play in a huge way, not just production-wise, but what it forces the defense to adjust to. When he rolls out of the pocket, good things usually happen.
  • So far, Travis seems really comfortable going for the big play — which is nice, but has hurt FSU in that they missed on two conversions. He’s continuing to find the balance of game management, which has shown up in him not forcing contact for extra yards unnecessarily.
  • Hands down, this has been the most consistent success FSU has seen on offense against a team not named Jacksonville State. The effort on the ground by all the backs has been top notch.
  • Physicality, overall, has been there and impressive so far

After halftime, head to our third quarter thread.

Watch

NBC (more on how to watch)

Stream

NBC, Hulu, FuboTV

Listen

‘Nole Radio Network

Vegas line, Spread

Notre Dame opened as a 21 point consensus favorite — and has stayed there. The only real movement has been in the over/under, which has moved slightly up to 53 12. Read more about the spread here.

Game Coverage

Seminole Wrap Pod, Opponent Q&A, Advanced Stats Breakdown, Video, Depth Chart, Matchup History

Game Notes, via FSU Sports Information:

» After picking up its first win of the 2020 season, Florida State travels to No. 5 Notre Dame and resumes a series featuring two of college football’s all-time premier programs with a Saturday night showdown. The two teams, originally not scheduled to play in 2020, will open the 2021 season Sunday, Sept. 5 in Tallahassee.

» The Seminoles lead the all-time series 6-3 (.667). This is the fifth meeting in South Bend, with each team winning two of the first four. The other five matchups have all taken place in Florida with two games in Tallahassee, two in Orlando and one in Miami. The teams have split the two games in Tallahassee, and Florida State has won the three neutral-site matchups.