Monday, June 23, 2008

Phil Steele’s Cliffs Notes: Notre Dame

Steele loves the Irish. I know most fans think the gushing is a pure play to sell more magazines, but I actually agree with him on this one. Like Steele, I believe a soft schedule and a jelling group of young talent will spark another Notre Dame “return to glory.”

Here are some of the reasons Steele is high on the Irish.

Nuggets and notes of interest
-- The Irish have nine offensive starters returning and seven defensive starters returning. They also have 37 lettermen coming back.
-- Charlie Weis is 17-13 vs BCS teams
-- Weis is 10-4 as the away team.
-- Last year Notre Dame was neutral in the turnover margin
-- They have the 67th most difficult schedule
-- Notre Dame average 75 yards rushing per game. Statistically it was the worse rushing game in Notre Dame history.
-- Steele ranks their running backs as the 23rd best group in the country.
-- He predicts they’ll play Florida State in the Gator Bowl.
-- Notre Dame is No. 1 on his most improved list
-- Notre Dame is No. 19 in his rankings
-- According to Steele, the Irish have the No. 1 group of incoming freshman
-- They finished 93rd in his special indexing in 2007
-- They are 24th in his power poll
-- He projects them to have the 9th best pass defense in 2008
-- They are expected to be the most improved in scoring offense this year.

1 comment:

Big Jack Krack said...

I think that ND will be much better this year and we had better not be cocky about our chances. Both teams have demanding schedules. I know that everyone will not see Kent State as a problem - and Rhode Island? Please. But after that, we don't get a break. ND comes in after a very rough stretch for BC - at NC State, Virginia Tech, at UNC, Clemson. Hopefully we will not have a lot of injuries to key players.

Selfishly, I would like the Fighting Irish to be undefeated when they arrive in Chestnut Hill. I think the electricity in the air would be fantastic. Realistically, they could be 5 and 3 or 6 and 2 - making this a very serious game. I'm really looking forward to it.

2008 Notre Dame Football Schedule
Sept. 20 at Michigan State
Sept. 27 PURDUE
Oct. 11 at North Carolina
Oct. 18 Open Date
Oct. 25 at Washington
Nov. 8 at Boston College
Nov. 15 at Navy (Baltimore)
Nov. 29 at USC