Last season didn’t end the way Notre Dame planned, but the program should be in great shape for this fall. However, former Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn sees a huge obstacle that could prevent his alma mater from getting back to the College Football Playoff.
During the segment, Quinn made it clear that he’s confident in the Fighting Irish. Instead of letting the blowout loss to Clemson affect his view of the program, he thinks it’ll serve as a great learning experience.
“I think there in a good spot, and I think they feel as good about this year’s team as ever before,” Quinn said. “Ian Book and the rest of the leaders on that team have a good idea of what they need to do moving forward in order to get there (the Playoff).”
On the other hand, Quinn did reveal that Notre Dame’s schedule could be a major issue, saying “I think the toughest thing they have to battle this year is their schedule.”
Notre Dame has to face Georgia, Michigan and Stanford on the road this season.
Here is the segment from The Herd that featured Quinn:
Trevor Lawrence has the attention of @MattLeinartQB:
"He just gets it, he understands it… I've never seen a freshman quarterback play like that." pic.twitter.com/J5iCMaOyCy
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2019
Tough road contests are going to pose a threat to Notre Dame’s postseason chances, but that isn’t the only problem. Multiple opponents on the schedule will be coming off their own bye week.
“Seven teams coming off bye – that’s the most in college football this year,” Brady Quinn said. “I think those are the roadblocks they’ll have to get through because so many teams are going to have two weeks to prepare for them.”
Current projections have the Fighting Irish missing the Playoff. That would change if they can get through all the road tests that are waiting ahead of them.
Notre Dame will be on the road to open the 2019 season as it’ll face Louisville on September 2.