Five Answers: FSU - Part One

Frustration, disappointment and anger will fill the hearts and souls of tje Notre Dame faithful until the Irish next take the field. We asked questions leading up to the Champs Sports Bowl. Here are the first of two sets of answers to those questions.

No bigger question needs answered for Irish fans than the future and direction of the Notre Dame football program.

Questions at quarterback and coaching decisions will be discussed until the Irish take the field next season.

However, we asked ten questions prior to the Irish match-up against Florida State and here are the answers to the first five.

Question One: Will the Irish earn their first bowl victory over Florida State and second straight vs. power programs from the state of Florida?

Answer One: No! The Irish could have and should have won this game but failed to do the things needed to secure a victory.

Question Two: Can the Irish beat the Seminoles for the first time at a neutral site?

Answer Two: No! Despite keeping Florida State's offense in check for three quarters the Irish could not get their own offense in gear falling 18-14.

Question Three: Will the Irish have any lasting effects from the Stanford game when they take the field in Orlando?

Answer Three: No! The Irish defense was solid early and helped posted the first score of the game. Tommy Rees didn't take the beating he did against Stanford; however, issues still remain leaving Irish fans scratching their heads as to why Andrew Hendrix was not used more.

Question Four: Can we learn anything from the results the Seminoles and Irish had against common opponents?

Answer Four: No! While the Seminoles are a long way from being the powerhouse of years gone by, they are still a talented team that suffered injuries that hurt them all year long. The Irish threw several body blows early but couldn't deliver the knockout leaving FSU an small opening that grew in the fourth quarter.

Question Five: How many snaps will Andrew Hendrix receive against Florida State?

Answer Five: Not enough in the opinions of many. Hendrix was 3-of-8 for 24 yards and a pick while rushing four times for 26 yards. Many have to question the decision to insert or pull Hendrix at key parts of the game and for good reason. Top Stories