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A return to the College football Playoff was out of the picture two months ago with a loss to Michigan. That didn’t prevent the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from finishing strong, though. A comeback 45-24 win on the soggy Stanford Stadium turf got the Irish their 10th win of the season, reaching double figures for the third straight season to match a program record set by the 1991-1993 Lou Holtz teams. It also ended a five-game slide to the Cardinal on The Farm. Notre Dame ended the regular season with five consecutive victories and four straight covers to finish 10-2 SU and 8-4 ATS and await their bowl future.
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish Season Review
A lopsided 45-14 loss at Michigan on October 26 guaranteed the Irish wouldn’t be returning to the CFP. Notre Dame was abused in that game totaling just 180 yards of offense with Ian Book having the worst game of his career with just 73 yards on 8 of 25 passing. The score was 45-7 until a late touchdown pass from backup Phil Jurkovec got the final points. The Irish regrouped after that to win their final five games, squeaking past Virginia Tech, 21-20, to start the run.
And Book was particularly sharp down the stretch increasing his value as an NFL prospect. He’s been non-committal on his future. “We’ll see. You never what can happen,” Book said after his final home game at Notre Dame Stadium a few weeks ago. Book redshirted the 2016 season leaving him one more year of eligibility. “We haven’t sat down and talked about it,” Brian Kelly said of his quarterback’s future. And Notre Dame’s future would be bright if Book returns.
With Book throwing 33 touchdown passes, the Irish averaged over 37 points per game to rank 14th in the FBS. Over the final three games Book tossed 12 scoring passes without an interception and he ranks second in program history to Brady Quinn’s 37 TD passes in 2006. He struggled with accuracy issues completing less than 60 percent of his throws in four straight games before the closing stretch. He completed 63.3 percent over the last three games raising his season percentage to 59.3.
Holding eight of their 12 opponents to 20 points or less, the Irish defense proved to be a stingy group. They finished with the third-best pass defense in the FBS allowing just 163.7 yards per game. They lead the nation with 17 fumble recoveries and rank fourth in takeaways with 26. Their plus-15 turnover differential is also third-best in the FBS.
Unfortunately the Irish came up short in their two biggest games of the season. An early season showdown between the hedges came up a 23-17 loss as a 15.5-point dog, and the thrashing at the Big House cost the Irish. Those were the only two games Notre Dame played as an underdog. For the second straight season the Irish took care of business at home posting an undefeated 7-0 record and extending their home winning streak to 18 straight games. They haven’t lost at home since Week 2 of the 2017 season.
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Overcoming a slow start, the Fighting Irish turned it on and ran away from Stanford to end a five-game losing streak at Stanford Stadium. Book tossed four scoring passes and special teams chipped in with a momentum changing play leading Notre Dame to a 45-24 victory. It looked like it could be another in a long line of frustrating defeats in Northern California when the Cardinal jumped out to a 10-point lead in the second quarter.
Davis Mills threw his second touchdown pass of the first half staking Stanford to a 17-7 lead midway through the second quarter. Notre Dame got a spark later when Isaiah Foskey blocked a punt setting up Book’s second scoring pass of the game to make it 17-14. A few minutes later Book teamed with Chase Claypool on a 41-yard scoring pass wiping away the deficit and giving the Irish a 21-17 lead at the break. “It started with the punt block. From there we got some momentum and started to settle down a bit offensively,” Kelly said.
The momentum carried over into the third with Book extending a drive by scrambling for a first down on fourth-and-2 setting up another scoring pass to Claypool and a 28-17 bulge entering the final period. After allowing points on three of Stanford’s first four possessions, the defense forced seven punts and a fumble on the next eight drives. It was only fitting that the group end the day with a touchdown when Khalid Kareem recovered a fumble in the end zone for the game’s final points.
2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Schedule
||Notre Dame at Louisville
||Monday, September 2
||Notre Dame vs. New Mexico
||Saturday, September 14
||Notre Dame at Georgia
||Saturday, September 21
||Notre Dame vs. Virginia
||Saturday, September 28
||Notre Dame vs. Bowling Green
||Saturday, October 5
||Notre Dame vs. USC
||Saturday, October 12
||Notre Dame at Michigan
||Saturday, October 26
||Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech
||Saturday, November 2
||Notre Dame at Duke
||Saturday, November 9
||Notre Dame vs. Navy
||Saturday, November 16
||Notre Dame vs. Boston College
||Saturday, November 23
||Notre Dame at Stanford
||Saturday, November 30
Notre Dame is one of the most successful college football programs of all-time. The Fighting Irish has been recognized as the national champion in 21 different years and claims 11 national titles themselves. Notre Dame was a juggernaut in the 1940s, 1970s and 1980s. The success was still pretty normal through the 1990s but the program did start taking a step back in the 2000s.
Lou Holtz led the team to its last national title in 1988 and several coaches have tried to get it back there in the ensuing years. Brian Kelly had some issues early in his tenure but he has the program in a good place right now. Notre Dame made the College Football Playoff in 2018 and have hopes of making a push for the national championship this season.
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