“… and a one-point loss to now-No. 3 Georgia.”

Every week that goes by with the media extolling Notre Dame’s season, this looks better and better.

And in light of this,

Notre Dame has also been tremendously stingy when opponents have moved inside the Irish 20-yard line. Notre Dame leads the FBS with only one rushing touchdown allowed…

so does this.

Screenshot-2017-10-18 Georgia vs Notre Dame - Game Recap - September 9, 2017 - ESPN

 

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38 responses to ““… and a one-point loss to now-No. 3 Georgia.”

  1. 92 grad

    What a fun game that was, I overlooked the fact that #11 threw it 29 times in that game.

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  2. Irwin R. Fletcher

    ND has a real opportunity to leap into the title conversation…games against USC, NC State, Miami, and Stanford…they’ll likely lose 2 of those games…but if they can somehow go 3-1 or 4-0 against that schedule…they’ll be top 10 or even top 5 (they will have the best resume of a 1 or 2 loss team) and will boost UGA accordingly.

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  3. Erin

    Notre Dame needs to lose one more game. If UGA wins out but loses to Alabama in the SECCG, the committee will put ND in the final four ahead of UGA.

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    • The drumbeat has already started for 11-1 ND over the SEC runner-up.

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      • SlobberKnocker

        Unfortunately, the goal of putting “the best” 4 teams in the playoff gets derailed by CFB politics and ESPN ratings/agenda. And that’s certainly not a knock on ND if they were to go 11-1. It’s a knock on the system that, generally, cannot allow two teams from the same conference to be considered among the best 4 in the country.

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        • PTC DAWG

          Your last sentence, it’s the reason we now have a committee…BCS Poll could have easily picked the last 4, but we saw how that worked. LSU/Bama….

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    • Macallanlover

      Way too much time speculating at this point, UGA fans always look for something to worry about. ND has a tough road ahead, if they run the table, they probably should get a spot. Not a great offense but that defense continues to look pretty stout if their depth doesn’t get tested. Had the coaches turned Fromm loose a little more, or Hardman holds on to that pass at the goal line, we would have had a more impressive victory. But have to give ND credit, they played well.

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      • Greg

        Believe there was a 2nd drop that more than likely would have been another score. Can’t remember the receiver, want to say Wims…but not sure. Agree, score could have been a lot worse….

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        • Macallanlover

          Maybe, I was thinking the other significant drop was on a 3rd and prevented us from maintaining the drive. I think even larger was Chaney/Smart holding Fromm back in passing, not to mention he had 15-20 yards of open real estate on the zone reads all night. I get the injury risk with Eason still unavailable but he could have made good yardage and gotten down without taking any lick.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I don’t see the SecCG loser in, period.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      No doubt about it. We need ND to play like any respectable male would play coed kickball – play just well enough to be considered athletic/good, but also ‘slip up’ and throw a game along the way as well. Another loss should do it.

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    • ChiliDawg

      So what? Does anyone here actually think we deserve to be in the playoff if we lose the SECCG?

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      • Brandon M

        If we are still perceived as one of the 4 best teams in college football by the CFP committee… then yes absolutely. When Ohio State got voted in last year, you think they considered declining the invite because “they didn’t deserve it”? Get real.

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      • The Truth

        Under the right circumstances, absolutely yes. If 12-0 Bama and 12-0 UGA play in the SECCG and the final margin is, say, 4 pts or less either way, I think it would be hard not to think those were 2 of the 4 best teams in the country. My fear is if we won that game Bama would get in for sure, but if Bama wins the committee would find a way to leave us out — and that’s what steams me.

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      • Greg

        Depends on how the season plays out for all teams….but you knew that, right??

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      • ColonySquareDog

        Yes. I believe the Playoff is meant for the four BEST teams. Not the four most deserving teams.

        The implicit assumption is that Wins and Losses are the best indicator we have of who is BEST, i.e. who can most reliably execute with the talent they have on a given day when challenged.

        But a loss is just that, a referendum on said team’s ability to go out and execute when challenged. It’s not a black ball in the jar.

        If UGA’s only loss is to Alabama, I will be confident at season’s end they are the 2nd best team in the country. TCU, Clemson, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame are all close. However I have not yet been swayed any are as talented, consistent, or able to execute as UGA when challenged.

        Interestingly, Herbstreit voiced this same logic yesterday on ESPN’s “CFB Top 25” show.

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        • Macallanlover

          How can you say that? What if we get trounced convincingly say, 31-10? You think UGA should get a spot then, and America look forward to another potential replay of that?

          Everyone needs to get over the “best” argument, it is mission impossible…even after the playoffs. Does anyone really think Clemson was the “best” team in 2016? They never looked like the best team all year long, played great against ohio, then won on a final play in the title game. If they played again the next week, you would give Alabama points? I would bet heavily that Bama would win a rematch and feel they would beat Clemson 8, or more, out of ten. Anyone can win a single game, or suffer a loss during the season. Super Bowl winner, World Series winner, Masters winner, etc., etc., does not mean they are the “best” just the winner of that playoff/contest.

          I don’t think we get in without an SEC title, and shouldn’t. No conference should get a 2nd team in a playoff until every conference champ is in and there are additional spots to fill. If we beat, or lose, to Bama

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    • Will

      I just don’t believe that. If we have the same record and beat them on the road while starting Fromm in his first road game, I just don’t believe that. Maybe I am naive!

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  4. Dave

    It’s really something. Our ND win didn’t really “count” as much as it would have if it happened this week (assuming ND won all the games they have, and hadn’t yet lost to us).

    On the other hand, our win against Miss. St. looked a heckuva lot better when we got it than it likely would now.

    That’s why, as boring as it is to say, just keep winning. People will always find ways to push their respective narratives.

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  5. ND will lose at least one more and this talk will vanish.

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  6. Hot take: Notre Dame is a better team than Ohio State or Penn State.

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  7. And “they’ll” be looking hard this year. As ingrained as my dislike is for Corch (tOsu), the scenario of them squeezing in and leaving out a 1-loss PSU is beautiful. It would essentially replicate PSU’s fate of 2016, with a whiff of karma drizzled in.

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  8. 69Dawg

    Larry Munson just called down and said “Remember we are playing Florida this week guys, this NC talk can end in one week.”

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  9. DawgPhan

    I feel like Notre Dame is getting more credit for losing to no3 UGA than no3 UGA is getting for beating Notre Dame.

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  10. whb209

    How about ND losing this week and then beating Miami. Somebody has to beat Miami and after seeing the Clemson game, ND might be the only team to do it.

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