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Notre Dame Football — Ohio State Week: Which position groups will decide the game?

In a game like this, it comes down to winning moments

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 16 Central Michigan at Notre Dame Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If you follow Notre Dame with more than a passing interest, you probably know that the best position groups on the roster are, in some order, quarterback, offensive line and cornerback. And if you follow college football with more than a passing interest, you probably know that Ohio State consistently has the best wide receiver room in the country.

But just because a position group is a roster strength doesn’t mean that it has the biggest impact in any given game. Take this weekend’s showdown between the Irish and Buckeyes, for example. If Notre Dame’s corners and Ohio State’s wideouts plays to a draw, some other position group(s) is/are going to have to put one team over the top.

So, OFD readers, what do you think are the most important position groups on both sides of the ball for Notre Dame this weekend?

On offense, is it Sam Hartman playing the game of his life and opening up the run with the pass? Is it the running backs wearing down Ohio State’s defense and opening up the pass with the run? Is it the wide receivers finally stepping up to make Hartman’s life easier? Is it the tight ends throwing an extra block or sneaking open for a couple of huge conversions/scores? Is it the offensive line making the whole operation work together?

On defense, is it the defensive line getting pressure on the Ohio State quarterback to make the cornerbacks job a little lighter? Is it the linebackers cleaning up some lackluster tackling from last weekend? Is it the corners playing lockdown defense? Is it the safeties just trying to not give up a gamebreaking play (or needing to make one to swing momentum)?

Let us know your opinion in the second poll of this Notre Dame-Ohio State week.


What is the most important offensive position group for Notre Dame this Saturday?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    (133 votes)
  • 5%
    Running Back
    (30 votes)
  • 7%
    Wide Receiver
    (42 votes)
  • 0%
    Tight End/Fullback
    (3 votes)
  • 60%
    Offensive Line
    (324 votes)
532 votes total Vote Now


What is the most important defensive position group for Notre Dame this Saturday?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Defensive Line
    (274 votes)
  • 10%
    (54 votes)
  • 30%
    (157 votes)
  • 4%
    (23 votes)
508 votes total Vote Now