Notre Dame’s preseason charts are a bit ubiquitous, with some putting Fighting Irish just outside the top five and others not even putting Notre Dame in the top ten. Sporting News has the Irish in the middle, putting Notre Dame in 7th place on its latest standings, which sees things stand since the transfer portal closed on May 1st.
College football writer Bill Bender explains what he sees from Notre Dame:
“What has changed? Marcus Freeman took over as head coach and retained Tommy Rees as attack coordinator. Former Miami coach Al Golden takes over the defense. Northwest Security Brandon Joseph is a big stake in the transfer portal.
“Low: Tyler Buchner is the favorite for the starting quarterback, but will have to keep Drew Pyne. All-American solid player Michael Mayer is the focal point of the attack in which Chris Tyree, Logan Diggs and breakthrough candidate Lorenzo Styles Jr. appear. The defense returns the advantage of rusher Isaiah Foskey and a strong linebacker group. The strength of the schedule will not be a problem, not with Ohio State, BYU, Clemson and USC. “- Bender
Bender has Notre Dame next to Clemson (10-3) and Michigan (12-2). The Tigers are 4th and the Wolverines 6th. He also ranked Texas A&M, which comes 8-4 seasons ahead of Notre Dame. Bender has Aggies in 5th place in his preseason rankings.
Notre Dame opens the season with the state of Ohio, which took 2nd place in the Sporting News preseason rankings. Notre Dame also hosts No. 4 Clemson on November 5th. USC, with 4-8 last season, ranks 14th in the preseason rankings.
Notre Dame was in 6th place according to Bender who started the preseason a year ago.
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