College Football Preseason Rankings: Why Notre Dame Doesn't Belong in Top 25
Last year the Notre Dame Fighting Irish went 8-5.
In those eight wins, they only beat a ranked team once.
Then in the offseason they fired their head coach and brought in Brian Kelly from Cincinnati to take over.
To me all of that is a reason to be concerned. Yet somehow in the Associated Press' first college football poll of the season Notre Dame is ranked No. 16.
It has become a well known fact that Notre Dame is often overrated in preseason polls, but you would think after a few years of struggling, voters would stop giving Notre Dame the benefit of the doubt.
Yet again in 2011 Notre Dame has given itself an unforgiving schedule that will likely result in several losses.
In order they have to play South Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Air Force, USC, Navy, Wake Forest, Maryland, Boston College, and Stanford. With that schedule it would not be surprising at all to see Notre Dame lose four or five games yet again.
Add in the fact that Notre Dame has named Dayne Crist as their starter. Crist was 4-5 as a starter in 2010.
So why give them a No. 16 ranking? To reward them for their tough schedule?
All in all it just doesn't make sense.
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