The Notre Dame football team enters its bye week having already surpassed its win total from last season, and having generated significant hype in the process.
In a list of midseason superlatives compiled by the Yahoo Sports college football writers, columnist Pat Forde called the Fighting Irish his team to watch for the second half of the season.
Forde points out that Notre Dame’s loss was by a single point to a Georgia team that has won its first three SEC games by a combined 100 points. Meanwhile, in their other five games, the Irish have dominated.
Forde writes that Notre Dame’s second half schedule will be brutal, as DieHards pointed out Wednesday, but he says if the Irish can find a way to win out, they will likely put themselves in position to make the College Football Playoff.
“Running game is powerful, defense is improved,” Forde writes. “Some big opportunities in the second half of the season: USC Oct. 21, N.C. State Oct. 28, Miami Nov. 11, Navy Nov. 18, Stanford Nov. 25.
“Get through that gauntlet without a loss and the Irish are in the playoff.”
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