Notre Dame went undefeated in the 2018 regular season, which led to a College Football Playoff selection.
While the Fighting Irish certainly earned the selection, the playoff game didn’t go according to plan. In a game with eventual champion Clemson, Notre Dame suffered a blowout loss.
Despite not losing a game during the regular season, many question whether or not ND should’ve made the playoff in the first place. It’s sparked a wide-spread debate that continues to this day.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is the latest to voice his opinion on Notre Dame. Clearly, he’s not very high on the team’s playoff chances.
“I got a quick answer — no,” Finebaum said in response to whether Notre Dame will return to the CFP in 2019. “It’s not about tonight, tonight’s a good chance for a win. But Notre Dame goes to Georgia in a couple weeks — they won’t win there. They deal with Michigan, at Ann Arbor, a few weeks after that and they won’t win there either.”
Both Georgia and Michigan are in the top 10 of the AP poll. Georgia ranks third while Michigan is found at No. 7. Notre Dame ranks ninth overall.
Finebaum stills feels the Fighting Irish can put together a successful season though. But he isn’t a fan of letting Notre Dame back in the playoff after last year’s showing versus Clemson.
“I think they can be 10-2, but they are not going to the playoffs,” Finebaum said. “Frankly, they should never be allowed back to the playoffs after their embarrassing loss last year to Clemson. They should be given a five year probation.”
Will Notre Dame get back to the College Football Playoff in 2019?