NCAA Football

#4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2)


Sat. 12/5 Sat. 12/19 Fri. 1/1
vs. Syr
W 45-21
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vs. Clem
L 10-34
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@ Ala
L 14-31
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Irish hoping offensive flexibility will produce more points

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Getting to the College Football Playoff hasn't been a problem for Notre Dame. Staying in it has for Brian Kelly's Fighting Irish, who suffered double-digit semifinal losses to eventual national champions Clemson in the 2018 season and Alabama in 2020.

Kelly knows that if Notre Dame wishes to legitimize the point that it is among the nation's elite programs, it will have to score more than the 17 points combined it produced in losses to the Tigers (30-3) and Crimson Tide (31-14).

As the Irish try to find a successor to three-year starting quarterback Ian Book, they will also replace four-fifths of an offensive line that was one of the best in the country last year. The group was the strength of an offense that scored 33.4 points a game (30th in FBS) and averaged 211.1 yards rushing (24th) and 448.5 total yards (26th).

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Leaders
Passing Yards: I. Book2830
Passing TDs: I. Book15
Rushing Yards: K. Williams1125
Rushing TDs: K. Williams13
Receiving Yards: J. McKinley717
Receiving TDs: B. Skowronek5
Interceptions: B. Bauer1
Schedule 2020
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/5 at Navy Cancelled
9/12 vs. Duke W 27 - 13
9/19 vs. South Florida W 52 - 0
10/10 vs. Florida State W 42 - 26
10/17 vs. Louisville W 12 - 7
10/24 at Pittsburgh W 45 - 3
10/31 at Georgia Tech W 31 - 13
11/7 vs. 1 Clemson W 47 - 40
11/14 at Boston College W 45 - 31
11/27 at 19 North Carolina W 31 - 17
12/5 vs. Syracuse W 45 - 21
12/19 vs. 3 Clemson L 10 - 34
1/1 at 1 Alabama L 14 - 31
Atlantic Coast
  Conference Overall
4 Notre Dame 9-0 10-2
2 Clemson 8-1 10-2
18 Miami (FL) 7-2 8-3
13 North Carolina 7-3 8-4
23 North Carolina State 7-3 8-4
Boston College 5-5 6-5
Pittsburgh 5-5 6-5
Virginia Tech 5-5 5-6
Virginia 4-5 5-5
Wake Forest 3-4 4-5
Georgia Tech 3-6 3-7
Louisville 3-7 4-7
Florida State 2-6 3-6
Duke 1-9 2-9
Syracuse 1-9 1-10
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 5382 (12)
Passing Yards: 2849 (22)
Rushing Yards: 2533 (10)
Points per game: 33.4 (30)
Yards per game: 448.5 (27)
Touchdowns: 48 (16)
Field Goals: 15 (18)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4127 (90)
Passing Yards: 2767 (110)
Rushing Yards: 1360 (61)
Points per game: 19.7 (14)
Yards per game: 343.9 (25)
Touchdowns: 26 (55)
Field Goals: 16 (121)