Notre Dame Football: The Tale Of The Season Opener

SOUTH BEND, IN - AUGUST 31: Prince Shembo
SOUTH BEND, IN - AUGUST 31: Prince Shembo /

The season opener typically says a lot about how the Notre Dame Football season will go.

It’s hard to not hype up Week 1. We’ve waited long enough to see college football once again, but by the time we get to playoff talks, Week 1 might not hold as much weight as we’ve put on it.

For Notre Dame, the season opener has a trend of showing how well the Irish will play the rest of the season.

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106 times the Irish have chalked up Week 1 in the win column. In those 106 seasons, Notre Dame would go on to post a winning record 97 times.

It’s not often when Notre Dame loses their season opener. 17 seasons the Irish started out the season with a loss. When doing so 9 times they have come out with a losing record. Of course, one of those would include last season as the Irish lost to Texas in the season opener and finished 4-8.

But the Irish start their 2017 season in the house that Rockne Built. A place of comfort as the Irish are 102-20-5 in home openers.

Recent history sides with the Irish as well. Seeking their 6th straight home opener victory. The last five came with wins over Nevada, Purdue, Temple, Rice and Texas.

This time around Notre Dame takes on Temple, who traveled to South Bend just once in 2013. The Irish were able to dismantle the Owl’s 28-6 with 543 yards of total offense. Notre Dame would go on to finish with a 9-4 record.

Taking it one step further, Brian Kelly has won all but one home opener during his time with the Irish. That sole loss coming 2011 to USF.

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When it comes to season openers they say a lot for Notre Dame. A successful season following a win against Temple might not be thanks to the luck of the Irish, but the history of the Notre Dame Football team.