I know that head coach Brian Kelly likes to run an up-tempo offense that gets the ball into the endzone as quickly as possible but I think for the Fighting Irish to be successful under redshirt freshman QB Everett Golson they need to slow things down for at least the beginning of the season.
With relatively easy games against Navy and Purdue to start off the season my hope would be Kelly will run a scaled down offense with about 10-15 plays that Golson can execute flawlessly. This isn't the NFL we are talking about. Auburn ran about 10 plays when they rode Cam Newton all the way to a BCS Title and their defense wasn't that strong. Now granted Cam is a freak and Golson is not the same talent but if you look at the weapons around Golson (Cierre Wood, Theo Riddick, GA3, Tyler Eifert, and a veteran offensive line returning) he should be able to get the ball into his playmaker's hands if they don't make the offense too complicated for a first year starter.
Personally I think Golson is going to be a star. He's got all the intangibles and talent to be the most successful Notre Dame quarterback since Tony Rice was behind center. But you got to ease kids into starting roles and obviously that is no easy task especially as the quarterback at a school like Notre Dame. The Irish should be able to run the ball with Wood, Riddick, GA3, and transfer Amir Carlisle all coming back who know how to do all the little things to help protect a QB even when they aren't getting the ball.
If Notre Dame can keep the offense simple and keep Golson healthy they can win 9-10 games this year despite the brutal schedule. It's up to Kelly to have these kids prepared and I think he along with the fan base have to be patient with the development of Golson. Golson for better or worse is the golden egg. No need to break it before it's ready.