Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame have a big test this weekend against Syracuse on the road.

The Orange are coming off of their first loss of the season last week against Clemson. The Tigers were able to control the line of scrimmage and limit Syracuse’s big-play ability on the ground with Sean Tucker and Garrett Shrader.

It sounds like Freeman and the Irish will have a similar strategy this weekend against Syracuse. Stopping Shrader, specifically, seems to be a major point of emphasis as Notre Dame prepares for this game.

“You study that Clemson game, he’s going to get yardage,” Freeman said. “He’s going to get yardage running the ball. He’s going to make some throws. But to eliminate the big plays … you have to be physical with him. You have to try to make physical tackles on him.

“But he is a talented football player that we can’t just say, ‘hey, we have to stop him from running.’ Because he can throw the ball well. And we can’t just play eight-man drops because he’s got the ability to run the ball. And they’ve got the ability to run the ball with Tucker. It’s a really good offense and it’s gonna present a huge challenge to our defense.”

Here are Freeman’s full thoughts on this matchup:

Shrader ranks No. 3 in the ACC in passer efficiency rating. He’s also No. 12 in the league in rushing yards per game. Tucker ranks No. 2 in that statistic and is one of the top playmakers in the conference.

Notre Dame and Syracuse kickoff at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.