1. College Football News Preview 2020: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
One year in ACC life is going to be fantastic, and this is the season and the time to make a run for something fun – like a conference championship.
There’s nothing boring and there’s nothing to sneeze at when your program is coming up with ten or more wins on a consistent basis.
2020 Notre Dame is absolutely going to be good enough to pull off the win over Clemson in South Bend if everything goes right. It was absolutely going to be good enough to win at USC and slug its way past Wisconsin – which we’re not going to get. However …
It absolutely could also lose at Pitt or get tripped up by an improved North Carolina or Louisville.
But once again, the lines are going to be terrific, the skill guys are solid, and the defense should somewhat quietly be among the nation’s best again. Throw in the luxury – especially this year – of a multi-year returning starting quarterback in Ian Book – along with a few games to getting up to speed with a relatively light first several games – and there’s a whole lot to like.
Set The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Regular Season Win Total At … 8.5
Demand nothing less than a trip to the ACC Championship.
This year, the league takes the top two teams for the title game, and one of them will be Notre Dame if it can beat Clemson – and it still might happen even with a loss.
Notre Dame never ducks anyone, but missing Wisconsin, USC and Stanford is a plus. Go 10-1, get to the ACC Championship, win it, and get into the College Football Playoff. Or, lose to Clemson twice, beat everyone else, and it still might be possible to get in considering there’s no knocking losing to an unbeaten No. 1 team twice.
There’s no Miami, NC State, Virginia or Virginia Tech on the schedule – take that and run. The Irish should be favored against everyone but Clemson, and by double-digits against most.
Set the bar at an ACC Championship appearance, and push for a second trip to the CFP in three years.