When Florida State takes the field against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl on December 29, one group in particular will have Brian Kelly's attention: The Seminole defensive front.
Kelly can summarize the `Noles front four in one word.
"Athleticism," he said. "They don't stay blocked. You may catch them for a second, but they keep their feet moving. Just a very athletic group."
Florida State has the 2nd ranked rushing defense in the nation. They also ranked 9th nationally in QB sacks with 36. Notre Dame faced four teams this season with more, and lost two of those games to South Florida and Stanford.
The offensive line is aware of the challenge they face.
"It's going to be a very physical game", Notre Dame junior offensive tackle Zack Martin anticipates.
"They bring a combination of speed and power. Their front four is arguably the best we've had this year,"