CFB Analyst: Why Notre Dame May Underwhelm This Year

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Crawford says it is potentially the most “unfair” schedule in the country, and a reason that ND may underwhelm:“There’s a reason Notre Dame’s projected preseason win total is under 10 this season. Unlike the 2018 campaign, the schedule doesn’t let up and there’s three games that stick out as uh-ohs in terms of getting back to the College Football Playoff as an independent unbeaten. The Irish travel to Georgia and Michigan before November and sandwiched between those showdowns is a home tilt with Virginia, the preseason ACC Coastal Division favorite. They’ll also play at Stanford in the regular-season finale. Notre Dame’s slate might be the most unfair in college football since seven of its 12 games are against teams coming off bye weeks.”Crawford is bullish on the team itself, saying it compares to last year’s. However, bye weeks can really help a team, and the combination of bad luck in when these games are played plus a high level of opponent may very well lead to a slide for ND.[247Sports] A closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Notre Dame had something of a breakout season last year, putting itself in position to play for a national title for the first time in the College Football Playoff era. The Fighting Irish ran the table during the regular season, before losing to Clemson in the semifinal.With a number of big players, including starting quarterback Ian Book, returning, expectations remain pretty high for the Fighting Irish. The preseason FPI projections at ESPN have Notre Dame at No. 7, between nine and 10 wins for the season.Of course, there’s no guarantee that the Fighting Irish will have a similar season. Brian Kelly’s squad faces a very brutal schedule, with a pair of games against bona fide College Football Playoff contenders in Georgia and Michigan.That schedule is a major reason why 247’s Brad Crawford has Notre Dame football as a regression candidate for 2019.There has been a ton of discussion about the schedule, which also features seven games against teams coming off of byes.last_img read more