Notre Dame falls out of early preseason football poll

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While there is still over 3 months until Notre Dame heads to Ireland to play Navy, it is never too early to start the preseason polls, at least not to sports reporters such as myself.

Oct 29, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd (3) is tackled by Navy Midshipmen safety Parrish Gaines (24) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame was placed in ESPN College Football Live’s Top 25 Preseason Poll a few weeks ago at number 24. However, that has since changed.

In the latest poll on ESPN, Notre Dame has been dropped out of the top 25. How can this happen if they haven’t even stepped on the field since mid-April?

Before I answer that question, lets look at who replaced Notre Dame.

  1. LSU
  2. USC
  3. Alabama
  4. Oregon
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Florida State
  8. West Virginia
  9. Michigan
  10. South Carolina
  11. Michigan State
  12. Stanford
  13. Arkansas
  14. TCU
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Clemson
  17. Ohio State
  18. Kansas State
  19. Texas
  20. Florida
  21. Washington
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Nebraska
  25. Georgia Tech

Boise State and Notre Dame were replaced by Washington and Georgia Tech. Although it doesn’t really matter where ND is right now in the polls because it is still May, here’s why I think they were where pushed off the list.

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