What the Irish need to be most worried about may be keeping quarterback Ian Book off his rear end. Notre Dame did a great job of that against Georgia in not allowing a sack, but Virginia has an NCAA-leading 20 sacks in 2019. Outside linebacker Jordan Mack leads the way with five. It's worth noting 13 of Virginia's 20 sacks have come against William & Mary and Old Dominion, but it has a solid pass rush built on a 3-4 scheme.
A 6-0 start for Notre Dame in 2014 was halted in a last-minute loss at Florida State, and the Irish then were sitting at 7-5 just more than a month later.
And who can forget 2016? A loss at Texas in the season opener led to a brutal 4-8 season for Notre Dame.
So the question now is this: Will the Irish bounce back and be knocking on the door of the College Football Playoff a month from now or fold like a cheap suit and transform from a top-10 team into one that fails to challenge for a major bowl game?We should have a pretty damn good idea come Saturday evening.