The Notre Dame Fighting Irish continued to roll Saturday, beating formerly No. 10 USC, 49-14, on Saturday.
Despite no major upsets, the Irish still made a leap in the newest Amway Coaches Poll, moving up all the way to No. 10 after Week 8. The poll was released on Sunday.
Notre Dame dominated USC as it has many opponents this season – with a heavy dose of running back Josh Adams and Brandon Wimbush in the rushing attack. Adams led the team with 191 yards rushing and scored 3 touchdowns, including an 84-yard scamper in the third quarter. With another stellar performance, Adams is becoming a serious candidate in the Heisman Trophy race.
Wimbush also reached 100 rushing yards and scored twice to match the program’s single-season record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Furthermore, the junior signal caller threw 2 touchdowns as well.
Behind this blowout victory, Notre Dame moved up six spots in the Coaches Poll. This is the fourth straight week the Irish have been in the Top 26 of the poll, and the No. 10 ranking this week is the highest the team has been all season.
Notre Dame was also in the Coaches Poll after the first full week of the season, but in Week 2, the Irish fell to Georgia by a point and dropped from the polls.
But outside of that loss, the Irish have dominated. They beat Temple, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina and USC by an average of nearly 30 points.
And now with the victory versus the Trojans, the Irish have a victory against a Top 25 team. Notre Dame also beat Michigan State by 20 on the road, but the Spartans were not in the Top 25 at the time.
However, it doesn’t get any easier for the Irish. Next week, Notre Dame will host No. 15 N.C. State. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind.
Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 8
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- South Florida
- N.C. State
- Washington State
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Texas A&M