Why Notre Dame Will (Or Not) Win the Faculty Soccer Playoffs


Notre Dame No. 4 enters the college football playoff with a 10-1 record and a chance to win its first national championship since 1988. This is the Irish's second appearance in the playoffs under Brian Kelly.

Notre Dame has the longest chances of winning the national title among the other three playoff teams in Alabama No. 1, Clemson No. 2, and Ohio No. 3. The Irish are serious underdogs against the Crimson Tide in the semi-finals of the Rose Bowl, which was relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here's a closer look at Irish playoff history and the reasons Notre Dame will (or won't) win a national championship in 2020:

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Notre Dame playoff history

This is Notre Dame & # 39; s second appearance in the college football playoffs. The Irish had their last playoff appearance against Clemson in the semi-finals of the Cotton Bowl Classic 2018. Notre Dame lost the game 30: 3.

Notre Dame Playoff Matchup

The Irish last played in the 2013 BCS championship game against Alabama. The Crimson Tide won that game 42-14. Notre Dame has a 5-2 lead in the all-time series, but none of those wins were after 1987.

Why the Irish will win the national title

Nobody will see it coming, but the Irish have to prove they learned from a 34-10 loss to Clemson in the ACC championship game. Kelly can play the underdog card, and the Irish have the second best statistical defense among the four playoff teams (335.1 ypg.). Notre Dame's offensive line will determine whether the Irish can compete with Alabama. The Irish can slow the game down with running backs Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree, and Ian Book has to be efficient against an Alabama pass save that can be tested. If Notre Dame can create the surprise against the Crimson Tide, confidence against Clemson or the state of Ohio is at an all-time high.

Why the Irish don't win a national title

Notre Dame beat Clemson 47:40 this year's regular season, but you saw the difference from Trevor Lawrence off the field. Alabama has the most balanced elite offensive in the FBS, with Mac Jones, Najee Harris and DeVonta Smith taking the lead. Book fought in the rematch with Clemson, and the error rate against Alabama is even lower. The Crimson Tide just poses too many problems on both sides. The Irish's major failures against Alabama and Clemson are well documented and they are 0-5 in their last five games against the Buckeyes. A loss in these playoffs would only add to this negative perception.


Steven Gregory