Notre Dame got off to an 8-1 start in 2017 before dropping two of its last four games. CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli isn’t expecting the 2018 Fighting Irish to have the same cumulative success.
He wrote about five teams who he doesn’t see winning 10 games for the second straight year. The Notre Dame analysis:
Unlike most of the other schools on this list, Notre Dame doesn’t find itself in the position of having to replace most of its production. Instead, it has to replace the left side of its offensive line, which played a key role in the team’s offensive success last season. That won’t be easy.
Furthermore, the schedule is not kind. Notre Dame opens with a home game against Michigan, and it doesn’t get much simpler from there. A home game against Vanderbilt won’t be a pushover, nor will a road trip to take on a Wake Forest team which has been pretty good the last few years. There are the yearly tilts with Stanford, Navy and USC [with the Trojans on the road], and other ACC games at Virginia Tech and in South Bend against Pitt, Florida State and Syracuse. There’s also a road trip to Northwestern in early November.
Notre Dame has the capability of winning 10 games against that schedule, but if the Irish do so, they’ll have defied the odds along the way.
Bulletin board material at its finest. We’ll see if Notre Dame can surprise this fall.