Though there are some who think the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a shot at contending for a national championship this season, SEC expert and ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum isn’t one of them. Appearing on Sportscenter, in a clip that he posted to his personal Twitter page, Finebaum cited the team’s schedule as the deterrent that would keep them out of both the national championship and College Football Playoff race.
It’s hard to argue with Finebaum’s logic, as biased towards the SEC he may be. Notre Dame has a tough schedule this year, with games against Georgia Tech, USC, Clemson and Stanford set to take place. Throw in that the latter two games are on the road, and Notre Dame’s case isn’t helped any further.
It should also be noted that Notre Dame lost five of its six remaining regular season games after starting 6-0 last season, with four of those losses coming against teams that were either ranked or made a bowl game at season’s end. The point is that football teams that are independent of any particular conference seem to have schedules that bring them all over the map rather than stay in a specific region and, believe it or not, tons of travel wears on a team.
Notre Dame fans may not like what Finebaum had to say on the matter, but it’s hard to argue against what he said.
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