1. Handle the road. Malik Zaire started a neutral-site bowl game and in prime time at Notre Dame Stadium, but hasn’t led the Irish into a true road environment yet.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The biggest concern at the dawn of the Malik Zaire era was the left-handed quarterback’s accuracy.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Nearly every one of Tarean Folston’s offensive teammates came over to console him at the trainer’s table on the Irish sideline Saturday night.
1. Get in the backfield. Texas' offensive line was lousy last year, and it lost its most experienced starter and is breaking in two freshmen on Saturday.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When Texas’ finery is stripped away, what’s left is a football team undergoing a massive overhaul that went 6-7 last year.