Notre Dame football falls to 0-2, ending early playoff chances

Notre Dame football falls to 0-2, ending early playoff chances

Week 2 was great and I’m not talking about the burger! We all know I quit Notre Dame by lifting them to No. 4 in my ratings.

Notre Dame running back Marshall quarterback Jace Bobo tackles Audric Estime in the first quarter of Saturday's game.

Notre Dame running back Marshall quarterback Jace Bobo tackles Audric Estime in the first quarter of Saturday’s game.

I hear from Irish fans all season how they are underrated. But after their gutsy performance against No. 3 Ohio State, a 21-10 loss, they were lifted. They were competitive and physical against the talented Buckeyes in Columbus right to the end. How do I get rewarded? They lose to Marshall, 26-21, at home. Unfortunately, they didn’t lose; they were well coached, outhustled and outplayed. A disaster. The Marcus Freeman era is now off to a 0-3 start and the Irish are done for any national CBI consideration for the rest of the year. Fuhgeddaboudit!

Irish was not the only lie

But that was not all. Appalachian State beat No. 6 Texas A & M, 17-14, in College Station? The Aggies and their coach Jimbo Fisher are loaded with talent but not overstretched. They are teasers in the SEC. What about Texas’ defense against No. 1 Alabama? Sure they lost at the buzzer, 20-19, on a field goal but what an effort! Texas must be back! NO! They lost their starting quarterback Quinn Ewers and still have plenty of tough games ahead of them. That was his “bowl” game.

In the end, Georgia Southern had a last minute 45-42 win at Nebraska. The Huskers, three-goal favorites, had a chance to tie it on the final play but missed a field goal. But who cares? This cannot happen! That’s why coach Scott Frost was given the start the next day. Nebraska would have saved $7.5 million by waiting two more weeks but the stench on the field was too unbearable to wait. 5-21 in one-score games. 3-9 last season and 16-31 overall. It wasn’t “solving” any problem; it was the problem. Frost played on Nebraska’s national championship teams and was the prodigal son when he was hired five years ago. In the end, it was an unmitigated disaster. We were told after the Northwestern loss that he was training for his job every week and it was predicted that one loss would do him in. Well done!

All this tells you please forget about the preseason rankings. They’re pretty worthless unless you’re talking about the big three, Alabama Georgia and Ohio State.

What we know:

◘Iowa lost to Iowa State, 10-7. In Week 1, the Hawkeyes produced one field goal and two fumbles to defeat FCS South Dakota State, 7-3. In two games, they have punted more times than they have scored (16-14). Last year, their scoring offense ranked 99th out of 130, averaging just over 23 points per game. So who was their offensive coordinator? None other than Brian Ferentz. Yes, the son of Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz. Anyone else in that position would have drowned long ago. Brian Ferentz has been the offensive coordinator since 2017. The word that comes to mind here is nepotism.

◘ Fox’s “BIG NOON KICKOFF” was on-site at campuses in an attempt to replicate the atmosphere of ESPN’s “GameDay.” The only problem is that they usually have their marqueegame at noon ET when one third of the country is still waking up on the West Coast. Last week’s Alabama/Texas game should be prime time under the lights for the entire country to see. The TV audience would be ten times larger at the beginning and three times higher overall. Do they know what they are doing to maximize their audience? Of course not.

On the field

No. 13 Miami (2-0) +7 at No. 24 Texas A&M (1-1): Why are the Aggies still ranked after last week’s 27-14 loss to Appalachian State? Shouldn’t the Mountaineers be ahead of them? Miami comes to town with hot-shot quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. Or is it? He has thrown for 456 yards against inferior competition. This is the biggest game yet for new Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal, who is intent on returning Miami to the top of the charts. Take the points but I see A&M prevailing.

No. 12 Brigham Young (2-0) at No. 25 Oregon (1-1): Why are the ducks classified? They have a long way to go after crushing Georgia, 49-3, in the first week. Eugene is one of the toughest places to play but it’s all about the Bo Nix show for the Ducks. If he plays well at quarterback, they win; If it doesn’t, well, you guessed it. Coin flip.

No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska (1-2) +12: Why this game? History, tradition, heated competition at one time. Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, Greg Pruitt, Steve Owens, Turner Gill, Brian Bosworth, Keith Jackson. The list goes on and on. Two of the top 10 winning programs of all time. Biggest game of all time: Thanksgiving Day, 1971, both undefeated in a game won by Big Eight No. -31, with Pawtucket’s own Chris Schenkel on the ABC call. Now they are in different leagues and play maybe once every ten years. So why is this advisable? Because the Huskers fired only Frost and now coached by interim coach Mickey Joseph. Because it’s the 376th straight sellout at Nebraska Memorial Stadium dating back to 1962 and the first big test for new Sooners coach Brent Venables, That’s why I’ll be in Lincoln for kickoff. The Huskers don’t just cover, win outright. Go Big Red!

This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Ken Schreiber’s high ranking of Notre Dame football is falling apart

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