Notre Dame is riding high after its impressive victory vs. rival USC and this national columnist thinks Irish fans have the right to dream big.
CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd believes Notre Dame has proven itself to be a viable contender in the race to quality for the College Football Playoff.
Notre Dame’s 49-14 win against USC was their largest in the series in the last 51 years.
Notre Dame is now ranked at No. 9 in the latest AP poll.
Routing USC, which dropped to No. 21, and containing its quarterback Sam Darnold solidified to Dodd that Notre Dame is one of the most well-rounded squads in the nation.
A year after cratering, Notre Dame proved it is a complete team with a defense capable of thrashing and ruining the candidacy of a Heisman Trophy contender.
With Notre Dame bouncing back from last season’s 4-8 record, Dodd believes Brian Kelly deserves praise for giving the Irish “a swag, a rep, an identity.”
Notre Dame proved it’s OK for a coach to have an off year. In the sport’s increasingly impatient culture, a one-year dip is becoming less tolerable. But at this point, we have to consider Brian Kelly a heavy national coach of the year candidate. Think about the typical parameter for that honor: a coach who exceeds expectations.
As they make their CFP push, Notre Dame only has one game left (At No. 8 Miami on Nov. 11) against a ranked opponent on its schedule.
Notre Dame will host N.C. State on Oct. 28 in a 3:30 p.m. (EST) matchup on NBC.
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