Notre Dame’s new ranking is not good news for the programVincent Pariseon September 6, 2022 at 9:01 pm

Week one of the college football season is in the books now and it was spectacular. For the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they were presented with a tremendous challenge right off the bat with the Ohio State Buckeyes who have been one of the best teams for a decade or longer.

Notre Dame doesn’t play in a conference which always puts them behind the eight ball so this game meant even more to them. Unfortunately, the Irish lost to the Buckeyes on Saturday night by a final score of 21-10. It was a really tough result even though they made people question OSU.

As a result of the loss, Notre Dame fell in the ranking from five to eight which isn’t great. However, they can still climb back in this thing before it is all said and done for the College Football Playoff. There are still only four teams that make it so they are certainly on thin ice for that.

However, as mentioned before, this game made people question Ohio State and in particular, their offense. The Alabama Crimson Tide maintained their spot atop the rankings but the Georgia Bulldogs jumped Ohio State into that second spot. Ohio State is now down to three.

Notre Dame fell in the rankings a little bit but they can climb back up in 2022.

Again, there is a lot of the season left and Notre Dame has to focus on that. It was a close game that really didn’t go their way in the end against a really good team. It all begins in week two against Marshall at home.

There are a few more ranked games for them this season so these types of games against Marshall are the ones that they need to win and perfect their game. It was tough to play a brand like Ohio State early but they certainly could have had a much worse showing.

Tyler Buchner’s game under center is only going to improve as the season goes along so you never know how the season is going to shake out. As Marcus Freeman’s coaching skills get better along with some of the players understanding things better, they will start to win more as well.

Although it is obviously bad news to drop three spots in the rankings, they didn’t drop as far as most teams that lost in the first week. There is plenty of time to learn from this game vs an elite opponent and be ready for the hard stuff later in the year.

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