Notre Dame got absolutely destroyed last night in the BCS National Title game against Alabama, leaving many wondering if they actually deserved to have been in the title match at all. Today we will take a look at the early College Football odds on the Fighting Irish making their way back to the Championship game.
The Greek has been the only book to release College Football betting lines on next year’s future odds, and they have listed the Irish at +2000. To be quite honest, we think that is awfully low given how poorly they played last night, and I believe that it should it should be around the +4000 mark. Brian Kelly said it best when he was interviewed going into the half down 28-0. When Kelly was asked “What do you do in the second half to get your team back into this ball game” Kelly responded with “Hope Alabama doesn't show up.” Need I say anymore?
Taking a look at the Notre Dame 2013 schedule
The 2013 schedule is quite similar to the 2012 slate for the Irish, and to be honest, even if they run the table again, after last night’s embarrassment, it's going to be hard for the poll voters to put them in the National Title game once again.
This year they struggled at home against Pitt and BYU, and the team should have lost to Stanford. That, and the fact that their talented senior class is leaving, it is hard to believe that the Irish can repeat the success they had this season.
Notre Dame will open up the season at home against Temple, and then travel to the Big House to take on Michigan. After that they will be faced will a tough task of visiting the Purdue Boilermakers, a team they just barely defeated on their home field. They then make a tough run against Michigan State, Oklahoma and Arizona State. They could drop any one of those three games. Then its back home for USC, at Air Force, Navy, at Pitt, back home for BYU and then they close the season out by visiting Stanford. Note that they still have two open games on the slate that they need to fill.
Irish need to take it to another level if they want to compete with SEC
Yes, they are back from the dead and the Irish are relevant once again, but the Fighting Irish need to get on the recruiting trail and get some big bodies in there if they ever expect to compete with SEC type teams. Last but not least, they need to mix their schedule up quite a bit. Playing the same schools year in and year out is not going to make you tougher or better, and while it can help to rack up some wins, but it doesn’t prepare you to face new competition.
The Alabama Crimson Tide go through their year playing against teams like LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and Florida week in and week out while Notre Dame struggles at home with Pitt and BYU. Brian Kelly needs to hit the recruiting trail hard, get his team into the weight room and change his scheduling if he ever wants to have a chance of competing with the big dogs of the SEC.
Make no mistake, the Irish are a good football team, and we aren't trashing them. They had a hell of a year and they do deserve a ton of respect as they brought this team back to it’s glory days.
Save your money on the +2000 and wait till the Irish learn how to become successful and play with the big boys.