7:35 PM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014

Notre Dame, Florida State tied 7-7 after first quarter

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In the marquee college football matchup of the week, Notre Dame and Florida State are tied 7-7. 

Notre Dame No. 5 in polls; Florida State No. 2

Notre Dame sits at No. 5 in both the coaches' and Associated Press polls Sunday after its 50-43 win over North Carolina while Florida State, the Irish's opponent Saturday, dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. 

Notre Dame leads North Carolina 28-26 at halftime

It might be easy for Notre Dame to get caught looking ahead to its showdown against No. 1 Florida State next Saturday. 

Golson, Irish defense grow up in win

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Let’s begin with The Moment because Everett Golson, after a wet, windy, mostly maddening day, deserves that much. If Golson goes on to win the Heisman Trophy, or Notre Dame goes on to reach the College Football Playoff, or both, the seminal moment could be a 23-yard touchdown strike from Golson to tight end Ben Koyack on fourth-and-11 against the nation’s No. 1 defense. Golson evaded the Stanford rush and found Koyack inexplicably left alone in the northwest corner of the end zone for the score with 1:01 remaining.

Instant analysis: ND 31, Syracuse 15

Notre Dame beat Syracuse 31-15 on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Here's how the Irish got to 4-0: How the game was won: Good question. Notre Dame turned the ball over five times but still won by double digits. You don't see that every day, but it speaks to how great this young defense has been in Year 1 under new coordinator Brian VanGorder, as it gave Syracuse nothing offensively. Six of the Orange's points came on a pick-six.

Video: Notre Dame QB Everett Golson

Everett Golson threw for four touchdowns but also a pair of interceptions in Notre Dame’s win over Syracuse.