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Since taking over as head coach in 2010 Brian Kelly is coming off the best three year stretch of his tenure. Notre Dame has put together three consecutive double-digit win seasons. Last year the Fighting Irish finished 11-2 straight up and 9-4 against the spread with a final national ranking of 12th. Gamblers appreciate that Notre Dame has finished in the black for three consecutive seasons. Kelly has had the Irish into serious playoff contention for three consecutive Novembers. Last year was a well-balanced team that ranked 13th for scoring offense and 14th for points allowed.
2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +3899
Despite the fact that they have not won a national championship since 1988 Notre Dame is one of college football’s marquee brands. Much like the Michigan Wolverines, Notre Dame’s brand is built upon an old history that merges mythical figures and 11 national championships, but with 10 of those titles won before 1978. The late great US President Ronald Reagan once played Notre Dame legendary star George Gipp in the classic 1940 film “Knute Rockne, All American” with the famed line “Win one for the Gipper.” As such, Notre Dame remains a popular draw on national television and at the betting window. Casual gamblers continue to show the full willingness to pay above retail rates for the “brand” that is the Fighting Irish.
2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, at Navy Midshipmen
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Arkansas Razorbacks
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Western Michigan Broncos
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Charlotte, NC)
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, Wisconsin Badgers (Green Bay, WI)
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, Stanford Cardinal
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Pitt Panthers
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Saturday, October 31, Duke Blue Devils
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, Clemson Tigers
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, Louisville Cardinals
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, at USC Trojans
2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Regular Season Preview
Notre Dame enters the 2020 season with a lot of optimism. Much of that is based on the evolution of Kelly himself. While it took Kelly much longer than expected to build a consistent winner, he has finally gotten it done. As it turned out Kelly inherited a program that was behind the times both in recruiting and facilities. The 2012 season in which the Fighting Irish went 12-1, making the national championship game, was an aberration at that time. By contrast the last three seasons are more substantive. Kelly still faces the institutional challenges of Notre Dame that set it apart from nearly all other schools. Notre Dame does not compromise on its tough academic standards and does not have a football only dormitory. Fighting Irish players live and study with the student body. Such an environment immediately limits the recruiting pools that are much larger for competing programs.
Senior quarterback Ian Book will work with a former Notre Dame quarterback, Tommy Rees, who was promoted as the new offensive coordinator. Rees played for Kelly from 2010 through 2013 and brings familiarity both with the coach and the unique school. The past three seasons Rees was Notre Dame’s quarterback coach so he and Book already have a strong relationship. Last year Book posted a 149.14 quarterback rating with 3034 yards passing and 34 touchdown passes. A huge challenge for Rees and Book is the fact that all three receivers, the tight end, and the running back will all be new starters. However, the solid offensive live returns all five starters.
Defensively the Fighting Irish have developed the national reputation for having a strong pass rush. Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah and Ade Ogundeji will lead the defense.
At the end of last season Brian Kelly said that the 2020 Fighting Irish have the chance to be really good. Saturday, November 7 will tell all. The Clemson Tigers will visit Notre Dame Stadium in a prime-time NBC game that will be the ultimate proof of the program’s real championship status.
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