- Al Golden's defense at Notre Dame has impressive national rankings, including No. 2 in red zone defense, No. 2 in pass efficiency, No. 6 in total defense, No. 7 in scoring, and No. 10 in turnovers gained.
- Xavier Watts leads the nation with seven interceptions and has a decision to make at the end of the season on whether to declare for the NFL Draft.
- Notre Dame's focus is on starting fast and executing right from the get-go in their upcoming game at Stanford.
Notre Dame’s Al Golden has built a dominant defense this season, garnering attention for his coaching expertise. Golden’s unit ranks high in several defensive categories, including red zone defense and pass efficiency. As rumors swirl about job openings for Golden, he remains focused on the upcoming game against Stanford. Meanwhile, safety Xavier Watts faces a decision on whether to enter the NFL Draft. Despite leading the nation in interceptions, Golden refrains from trying to influence Watts’ decision. Heading into the Stanford game, Golden emphasizes the importance of starting fast and executing with precision from the beginning.