Notre Dame never sees this type of production -- for the season -- from the Tight End position:
Alize Jones: 11 catches for 166 yards
Nic Weishar: 3 catches for 19 yards
Durham Smythe: 2 catches for 13 yards and 1 TD (fake field goal)
Chase Hounshell 1 catch for 6 yards
Here's Stanford's production out of their Tight End position (last night) against Notre Dame:
9 catches for 174 yards and 2 TD's
If you want to point to a telling stat for the season -- especially when you look at Notre Dame's inability to score TD's in the Red Zone -- it was SIX total points out of the TE position (which came on a fake field goal).
We just saw our Fighting Irish drop from #4 to #6 -- with three teams jumping us this week in the CFB Playoff Rankings. Here's what happened Saturday to precipitate this change:
#4 Notre Dame beat Boston College (3 - 8) 19 - 16 -- despite five turnovers
#5 Iowa beat Purdue (2 - 8) 40 - 20 at home
#7 Oklahoma beat TCU (9 - 1) 30 - 29 -- stopping TCU's two point conversion to win the game
#9 Michigan State beat Ohio State (10 - 0) 17 - 14 -- last second FG
We keep hearing the term "body of work" -- so, here it is -- the body of work for each of the teams ranked #3 to #6 in the CFB Playoff Rankings. Now it's your turn to sit on the Committee. You rank the teams...
TAKE THE CFB PLAYOFF COMMITTEE TEST!
Rank these four "nameless" teams -- in order of #3 to #6. I'm willing to bet you that if you just use the body of work -- you won't see the Fighting Irish outside the TOP FOUR!
TEAM A 10 - 1
FBS Opponents' Record: 69 - 59
FBS Opponents with 8+ wins: 3
TEAM B 11 - 0
FBS Opponents' Record: 53 - 68
FBS Opponent's with 8+ wins: 3
TEAM C 10 - 1
FBS Opponents' Record: 70 - 60
FBS Opponent's with 8+ wins: 4
TEAM D 10 - 1
FBS Opponents' Record: 73 - 58
FBS Opponents with 8+ wins: 5
If you need "tie-breakers" to assist you in determining the rankings of these four teams -- here they are:
Team D beat Texas 38 - 3
Team A lost to Texas 24 - 17
Team D beat Pittsburgh: 42 - 30 @ Pitt
Team B beat Pittsburgh: 27 - 24 @ Home (on a last second FG)
Cheat Sheet: Team A is Oklahoma, Team B is Iowa, Team C is Michigan State and Team D is Notre Dame.
Notre Dame Football Equipment Manager Ryan Grooms @NDFBEquipment sent out this tweet, acknowledging that Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz requested that Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter, Jr. (son of recently retired baseball star Torii Hunter, Sr.) -- be assigned his locker for tonight's game at Fenway Park.
The Fighting Irish played their first game at Fenway Park back in 1944 -- beating Dartmouth 64 - 0. The coach that year -- Ed McKeever -- was "standing in" for the legendary Frank Leahy, who left Notre Dame to serve our country in the Navy during World War II. Tonight's game with Boston College will be Notre Dame's second football game at Fenway Park -- 71 years later.
Thought you'd enjoy this Boston Globe story where they suggest a name change for Boston to Notre Dame, Massachusetts as more than 30,000 Fighting Irish fans are expected to invade their town this weekend...