Notre Dames bowl hopes in jeopardy after water-log
Notre Dame started the season ranked No. 10 and billed as a national title contender.Now, the Irish face the real po sibility of not reaching a bowl game after a lo s Kayvon Thibodeaux Jersey
at North Carolina State on Saturday.MORE: Theres a few conditionals to that lo s to the Wolfpack. You can debate whether the game should have been postponed because of generated by Hurricane Matthew, but both teams had to play in the elements. You can throw out the stats, but Notre Dame managed just 113 total yards of offense.This game was decided by a blocked punt in the fourth quarter. Who can predict that? Its a fluke game in fluke weather, but it cant be stricken off the record. Neither Andrew Thomas Jersey
can this season, which begs a question. There are too many buts and a lot more questions.How bad is it?Notre Dame (2-4) might not make the postseason. The Irish will likely be underdogs in their three remaining home games against Stanford, Miami (Fla.)and Virginia Tech. They have neutral site games against Navy and Army. The regular-season finale at USC could be a battle for bowl eligibility for both teams. We dont see Notre Dame lowering itself to being a 5-7 bowl team if some spots need to be filled.Its bad, and thats been the case all season. Notre Dame lost in a sweltering heat in the opener at Texas, allowed 36 unanswered points to Michigan State in the home-opener and somehow the following week. The lo s to the Wolfpack is piling on.MORE: How bad does it look?If the Irish were to lose to the Cardinal, Hurricanes and Hokies, then they would finish 1-5 at Notre Dame Stadium. That looks bad.Notre Dame is in danger of its fifth Phil Simms Jersey
losing season since 1999 and sixth season of not making a bowl game in the same stretch. The Irish elected not to play in the postseason after Charlie Weis was fired following a 6-6 season in 2009. Weis had gone 3-9 two years before that.Thats the Brian Kelly discu sion now. It still Kelly was extended Carl Banks Jersey
through 2021 but this would put the heat on him like Weis felt in 07. Plus, theres probably a faction of Irish fans interested in Tom Herman like everybody else.How bold of a move would it be to fire Kelly and ? It feels like a reach, but it might not be a reach if Notre Dame goes 5-7, or worse.That leads to the question the Irish must ask themselves.MORE: How does it get better?Thats hard to figure out. Notre Dame is enduring a lost season with a quarterback in DeShone Kizer, who might be a Lorenzo Carter Jersey
first-round pick. The Irish started the season as a top -10 national championship contender, and now look well on their way to .500 season, or worse.Its bad. It looks bad, and a bowl game might not make things better long term.A win against Stanford would help, but how much?We cant answer that question with any more confidence than we can predict the weather for next weeks game.