Actually the article says probably not. The biggest takeaway from the article was how overrated the B1G tends to be.
So, has Notre Dame under Kelly beaten Top 25 teams at a rate commensurate with the 11th-most frequently ranked team in the country? On the whole, yes. Its 20-20 record against ranked teams is exactly 11th-best among the teams on our list. However, if we focus only on games in which both the Irish and their opponent were ranked, their 16-17 record drops them to 17th.
The former category suggests Notre Dame’s Top 25 record is perfectly respectable; the latter provides some fodder for those who believe the Irish too frequently “choke” in big games. Though to be fair, they are 13-8 as the higher-ranked team and 3-9 as the lower-ranked team in those Top 25 matchups.
So? Bama was #1, ND wasn’t. They were expected to lose and they did. As the lower ranked team in a Top 25 matchup, they’re 3-9 since 2010. Most schools would be under .500 when they’re ranked but playing higher ranked teams. That’s why the opponent is higher ranked; they’re better,
“OT: Is Notre Dame overrated”? How’d you know the Clemson game was going into Overtime? Oh, you meant “Off Topic”? Never mind😄.
Seriously, in the 1960s I asked my Dad what it would take for Arkansas to win the National Championship. And he said “Simple. We have to go undefeated and Notre Dame has to lose at least twice”. They’ve always been overrated.
Notre Dame is a great football program. They were elite up to the mid 90’s. They’ve had their struggles since then but Kelly has changed ND for the better and CFB is so much better when the Irish are good. Nothing like gameday in South Bend. It is really a shame that Hog Fans didn’t get to experience that this year. I am hoping we keep the game next year and reschedule the return game back in South Bend. It is a sight to behold if you’ve never been there.
ND is not scheduled to come to Fayetteville until 2025.
Clemson was missing its stud QB but the backup played really well. ND shredded the Clemson defense though. Brent Venables may have been a little shorthanded due to injuries but I was very impressed with Ian Book.