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Golson would be just fine if ND had a run first offense by btd
He might not be as good as Zaier given he can't run the read option as well, but we had an incredibly easy path to 10 wins this year if we simply ran the ball more every single game. Golson also isn't 100% incapable of running read option. He could have done it much more this year and that alone would have made defenses slightly more honest.
We finished 8-5 with freaking losses to Northwestern, UL, ASU and a pretty bad USC team. Any running game at all would have easily flipped 2 of those 4 losses into wins. The offense we just saw against LSU would have avoided at least half of those turnovers at ASU.
USC might not have been winable even with this offense because we really didn't have a single DL or DB to play that game and even if we traded scores with them with the correct offense, they probably would have won by 7. It would have looked a hell of a lot better though. We will never know what effect it would have had on USC's offense if our own offense showed up at the game.