Freeman's Focus: Seeing success in Irish defense

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - The Notre Dame defense could lead the Irish to a victory Saturday night over the number four team in the country. Head coach Marcus Freeman knows and accepts Clemson's challenge.

Clemson comes into the House that Rockne Built with a top 27 defense and right below them, the Fighting Irish.

Both programs hope to walk away with a win Saturday night but for Freeman, a victory over a top five program holds more weight than it does for the decorated Dabo Swinney.

In order for a win to happen, the Irish defense has to do a combination of things, like blocking punts, bringing the pressure, sacking the mobile quarterback, and most importantly, causing distractions at the line of scrimmage leading to defensive turnovers.

"I want our guys are saying you're Notre Dame. Right," said coach Freeman. "And, you know, this is what we do. We play in big games like this, you know, it's not, it's not a David versus Goliath. This is a heavyweight fight. And we got a dang good football team."

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