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The Anti-Preview: #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish VS Florida State Seminoles

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Time to claim that Sunshine State championship with apples

Notre Dame football Brendan McAlinden

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish get back to action this Saturday night — and man oh man — it can’t get here quick enough. I am just absolutely over the start/stop nature of the season so far and am nowhere near any kind of groove covering the Irish, or just as a football fan in general. I need for things to feel normal despite normalness being nowhere near the door for 2020.

We get a somewhat familiar foe this week, and the Anti-Preview is going to dive into some nostalgic comfort feelings this week.

Florida State Seminoles

Alabama State v Florida State Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Once again, FSU isn’t a good football team. I was tremendously wrong a few weeks ago when I suggested that the Noles would be a trap game for the Irish because of their talent and new head coach Mike Norvell.

Holy shit I was wrong.

It starts with the preseason tension stemming from comments from Norvell, goes into James Blackman being a bad quarterback, and ends with an offensive line that is terrible. Florida State is a mess.

What should you be drinking?

There was absolutely no way I was going to give this week a Trojan Blood stamp of approval — the Noles just aren’t that good, and it would feel like a waste. Still, as I said, I need something normal this week. Something familiar to make it feel like a real football season (and good enough to not have any feeling later).

One Foot Cracked

  • One part Apple Cider
  • One part Rum

Mix together in a large water bottle, apple cider jug, cup, keg- whatever. Mix and drink yo! The type of rum is almost inconsequential. Captain Morgan is always a solid choice, but Bacardi does make a Big Apple rum that works quite well too. It just doesn’t matter.

What should you be eating?

Woman Shopping for Charcuterie, San Sebastián, Spain Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Now that everyone has hit up their favorite orchard to drop $60-$80 on apples — you’re going to need to find a better way to use them than pies and crisp. We got you.

Sausage and Apples

This dish is one of the pure classics when it comes to Anti-Preview cuisine. There are many, many ways to make this succulent plate of heaven, but I’m going to show you how I make it best.

  • 3 lbs. of Eckrich skinless Sausage
  • 5 Apples (any kind you like bozo)
  • Butter
  • 3 shots of bourbon
  • 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar

Put some butter in a big pan. Lots of butter. Slice up your apples and put them in the pan. Now take a shot of bourbon and put it down your throat. Take the other two shots and the brown sugar and put it in the pan. Fry it all up for about 5 minutes on high. Slice your sausage up in threes and put it in the pan for 5 minutes while stir-frying it all. Take the contents of that pan and put in a crock pot. Heat on low for 2 hours. Serve. Send all thank-yous to my email.

What should you be wearing?

I normally don’t push any of our products in this section (mainly because it’s too late to order for game time) but this week it just feels right. Again, I’m just trying to stay sane and knowing Notre Dame has 21 National Championships helps with that.

Notre Dame: 1993 National Champions

  • $28

Notre Dame ACTUALLY lays claim to 21 national championships. 1993 was the last one — celebrate it!

Navy and gold print on a super-comfortable gray tee.Premium, lightweight tri-blend crewneck (50% polyester, 25% combed ring-spun cotton, 25% rayon). Durable, yet ultra-soft. Unisex sizing with a snug fit. Men should size up; women should size down.

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Screened in the USA.

3 reasons to hate Florida State

  • 2014 and dumb flags (do NOT this week Clearwall).
  • 2011 and WTF Tommy Rees. Not really ON the Noles here, but they were there, so they get the wrath.
  • 1993. Obviously FSU’s alleged claim for the 93 title is annoying. I hate annoying things.

At the end of the day...

Florida State is horrible offensively, and although I like their talent on defense, it won’t be enough to help counter a lack of points. Notre Dame will be rusty on offense, but THEIR defense will be entirely too much, and will help create points.

Irish win, 38-6