Despite preseason polls and rankings and all the statistics that sports analysts pore over before the NCAA football season even starts, the true excitement about the whole process is that all of that is negated as soon as the season is underway. Want a prime example? The current #1 team in the nation, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, weren’t even ranked to start the season. Their rise to the top has been quite an impressive one, and we take a quick look at why it’s so special.
Put frankly, they haven’t lost a game. Going lossless is usually a surefire way to the top, and with Notre Dame’s schedule being relatively heavy on the “strength of schedule” scale, it has made for a quick ascension. After laying waste to 3 teams initially ranked higher than them, the Irish established their legitimacy early on in the season.
Although the Notre Dame football program is no stranger to winning, it’s been a little while since they’ve gone undefeated. If you were wondering, it’s been over 20 years. Now with over a full month off and the national championship game to look forward to, it’s official that Notre Dame has finally lived up to the lofty standards that the sports world holds the program to.
With all of the history embedded in the Notre Dame program, it’s hard not to root for them, and with the underdog factor playing a major part, it’s near impossible to oppose them. Don’t worry, you don’t have to. In fact, there’s a selection of Notre Dame apparel at FinishLine.com to help you with that.