The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are “thinking big” when it comes to football in 2015. This legendary program with a national fan base is almost always ranked in the “Top Ten” when a new season begins.
This year, the squad from South Bend, Indiana will actually play its first game with a national ranking of eleven, just outside the country’s ten best football clubs.
Sixth year Head Coach Brian Kelly will put the team’s offense in the hands of Malik Zaire, a sophomore signal-caller known for his running ability more than for his accuracy when passing. A solid and opportunistic defense is expected to help the young quarterback by providing excellent field position that can lead to easy touchdowns.
The Fighting Irish have done well under their current Head Coach. They played in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division One Championship Game in 2012 (which they lost), finished with a Won-Loss record of 9-4 in 2013 and slipped slightly to a Won-Loss record of 8-5 last year, in 2014.
In the upcoming season, the squad’s schedule features seven home games and just five games on the road. The new football year opens with a home game on September 5th, a Saturday, of course, against the Texas Longhorns. Texas begins 2015 as an unranked team and doesn’t figure to pose a serious threat to “the Irish.”
Notre Dame will also play at home against such teams as the University of Massachusetts, better known as the “Umass Minutemen,” traditional foe, the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the nationally-ranked (in pre-season) Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC).
The games against Georgia Tech and the USC Trojans present the Fighting Irish with possible home losses. Of course, the Indiana team can easily win one or both of these games, particularly because they are being contested at home.
The Irish will likely face two or three quality opponents when they “hit the road” for five games in 2015. The contest against the Clemson Tigers, a team ranked in the Top Ten, will certainly present the visitors with a major challenge. The same can be said for road trips to Philadelphia where Notre Dame will do battle with the Temple Owls on October 31st and to northern California where the Fighting Irish will compete against a very good Stanford Cardinals squad.
That game is scheduled to take place on November 28th and the team made famous by legendary Head Coach Knute Rockne more than eighty years ago hopes that this post-Thanksgiving contest doesn’t turn out to be “a turkey.”
College football analysts are predicting nine to ten wins for this powerful team. If that happens, Notre Dame should get an invitation to a major bowl game. That is what it wants.
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