The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team suffered another kind of loss on Sunday as Marcus Freeman’s squad took a tumble in the AP poll.
The Notre Dame Football team had been considered the 12th best team in the country entering its game against Clemson. It felt like there was a very good chance that the Irish were headed for a New Year’s Six bowl game. Then the offense got dismantled again by an ACC defense.
On Sunday, the AP and coaches’ poll voters decided that Notre Dame barely belonged in the Top 25. The Irish plummeted in the polls all the way to 22nd.
That’s a 10-spot drop, easily the biggest of the weekend by any team. Only Oklahoma rivals the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in that regard as they dropped seven spots after suffering a loss to in-state rival Oklahoma State.
With Sam Hartman and company heading into their bye week off another disappointing loss, it doesn’t feel out of the question that they might drop out of the Top 25 in at least one of the polls depending on how other teams do this coming weekend.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hockey ties twice
It has not been a particularly entertaining season so far for the Golden Domers on the ice. However, it’s possible that two straight ties with Penn State over the weekend show that the Irish are getting stronger as the season goes on.
After playing to a tie in game one with Notre Dame Hockey earning an extra point in the shootout, the two teams tied again in game two. This time though it was Penn State that won the shootout and earned the extra point in the Big Ten standings. Saturday saw a 3-3 tie with the Irish winning the shootout and Sunday, the Nittany Lions won a shootout after a 2-2 tie.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women’s Basketball opens the season
No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 6 South Carolina women’s basketball teams will open the season against one another at noon on Monday, though both teams will be thousands of miles away from home.
The two squads open their campaigns in Paris, as a celebrated way to ring in the new basketball season. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Shrewsberry era begins in earnest
After you’ve watched the women’s basketball team beat South Carolina this afternoon, you can watch the Irish romp over Niagara on Monday night on the ACC Network.
It’s the first official game that will count under new head coach Micah Shrewsberry. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Basketball will be looking to bounce back from a disaster of a 2022-23 season.