The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost a game to Marshall over the weekend. Going in, it was thought that they had an easy win ahead of them but they were not good at all. After showing up well (despite losing) to Ohio State, they blew their chances to do anything noteworthy this season.
Marshall took care of them at Notre Dame by a final score of 26-21. It was a really bad performance by the Irish as they should have been able to beat Marshall by a lot. Now, we are at the point where Notre Dame’s 2022 season is over.
They still have a majority of their schedule left to play but Notre Dame has a hard time making the College Football Playoff with one loss let alone two. They don’t play in a conference so that is something that won’t be on their resume come playoff time.
If they win every game for the rest of the season by 50 they might have a chance but even that is not likely. Going forward, they just need to treat this as a rebuilding year and get the program going with the new head coach.
Brian Kelly stunned Notre Dame last winter and told the world that he is going to take the job at LSU. That left Notre Dame with Marcus Freeman who is now 0-3 in his career as a Notre Dame head coach. He was thrown into the fire and it is going to take a minute for him to figure this out.
Notre Dame’s loss to Marshall is something that will haunt them this season.
This is not the time for the Irish to overreact. They just need to keep recruiting and building on the program as they did with the previous coach. With the expanded playoff coming to college football, they have a lot to look forward to in the near future.
Losing to Marshall is tough and it will likely leave them hanging off the playoff picture for the 2022 season. However, they can still get back to being ranked if they start to play well like we know they can. That is up to them.
Their next challenge will come next Saturday when they take on California. Cal is a 2-0 team to start the season so nobody should write them off in any way. The Irish need to play as well as they can otherwise they are going to be 0-3 quickly. Hopefully, a good week of practice leads to a win.