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ESPN's College Football Live analysts released a list of the Top 25 teams in the country as they stand today. Notre Dame came in just under the wire at No. 24.
Irish opponents in the rankings:
12. Michigan State
ESPN's College Football Live counts down the top 20 preseason teams starting April 30.
The Lou Holtz Translation of Pre-Season Rankings For Notre Dame, issued in 1988:
"If they think we're going to be good, they'll put us in the top 3.
"If they think we're going to be decent, they'll put us in the top 6.
"If they think we've got a chance to be good, we'll be in the top 10.
"If they think we're not going to be that good, they'll put us in the top 15.
"And if they think we're going to be horrendous, they'll put us somewhere between 15 and 20."
So what does No. 24 qualify as?
* Sole Member of Loner Monkey Gang
* 11-Time Winner of POTW Award
* Does Not Give A Sh*t
does ESPN consider anything when doing these rankings???
Wisconsin returns 6 on D, Half the O-line and 6 position coaches
Boise returns 5 on offense/4 on Defense + no Kellen Moore
Stanford loses basically the Entire Offense with 4 O-lineman, Andrew Luck, their top 3 WR's
Alabama loss 8 players in the draft and couple to free agency pick up
I am sure there are more - but this again proves that preseason polls are for BS magazine sales and ESPN driving the cost for commercial dollars for having ranked teams on before the BCS release in week 6
If they go to a playoff beyond 4 teams where the higher ranked team will host the game - ESPN will have it's contracted conferences ranked really high to get the games on their network.......
I will not buy into anymore hype or rankings until we prove it on the field. It will be nice to start ranked just for the purpose of moving up if we start to win. But they have to finally get it done on the field.
Two time Poster of The Week, 2011 and 2013.
It's not where you start, it's where you finish.
We should not be ranked at all. This is just another crappy trick by ESPN so they can berate us when we fail to meet their BS expectations.
3 time POTW;
Couldn't have said it better myself. I don't think I've ever been so disappointed to see ND ranked.
My luck with the Irish: 4-5, 3-time POTW
CMC Quote Master and Director of Football Related Discussions
5 Time POTW & 2 Time WPOTW Winner
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