Monday, October 19, 2015

Dan Patrick Talks Trip to USC vs. Notre Dame

Notre Dame vs. Temple -- Prime Time on ABC

The folks at ABC just announced that Notre Dame's game with Temple at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field will be played at 8 PM ET -- in PRIME TIME!

Just another prime time tilt for the Fighting Irish.

This will be the 25th out of the last 32 road/neutral site games for Notre Dame that will be played in PRIME TIME -- since 2010.  TV RATINGS!

A Different View -- Top Plays USC vs. ND

USC Week: Inside Notre Dame Football

The Five Teams in Notre Dame's Playoff Path...

If you follow the NDGOIRISH blog you would have seen my post last week where I laid out the five teams in Notre Dame's way of earning one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff.

That's assuming -- Notre Dame runs the table and beats three ranked teams -- ALL ON THE ROAD -- over the last six weeks of the season...

Now, I'm giving one of the four spots to the SEC Champion and I'm giving another spot to the Big Ten Champion -- so, as I see it -- Notre Dame needs to finish ahead of two of the following conference champions:  ACC, Big 12 and Pac 12.

Here are the FIVE TEAMS from these conferences in Notre Dame's way of earning a College Football Playoff spot -- and the ranked teams left on their schedule:

  • Oklahoma
  • @ Oklahoma State
  • @ TCU

  • They do not face a ranked team for the rest of the season

  • @ Oklahoma State
  • @ Oklahoma
  • Baylor

  • Florida State

  • @ Clemson
  • @ Florida

So, here's how it needs to play out:

BAYLOR / TCU -- this needs to happen:
  • We need Baylor and TCU to lose one of their games with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
  • If only one of the teams loses -- that team needs to win the game between Baylor and TCU on November 27th

UTAH -- this needs to happen:
  • Utah needs to lose one game -- they have these games left on the road;  USC, Washington and Arizona

CLEMSON -- this needs to happen:
  • They need to lose to Florida State

FLORIDA STATE -- this needs to happen:
  • They need to beat Clemson -- then get hammered by Florida when they travel to the Swamp to take on the Gators on November 28th

And, we need STANFORD to keep on winning -- BIG!!!  Setting up our game in Palo Alto on November 28th as our "play-in" game for the College Football Playoff!