Notre Dame lost to Georgia this past weekend, as just about everyone predicted they would. But what almost nobody - especially ESPN's Paul Finebaum - predicted was that the Fighting Irish would take the Bulldogs down to the wire.
Following a 23-17 win by Georgia, which was preceded by a ton of smack talk from Finebaum and others, the SEC analyst decided he needed to eat some crow.
In his weekly radio appearance on 94.5 WJOX, Finebaum admitted that he was "really impressed" with Notre Dame. He also complimented the Irish for agreeing to take the game since they don't play in a conference.
“Maybe it got a little too big at times for them. But what they did at the end of the game in the second half I thought was significant. I’m like a lot of people, I didn’t think it’d be close and I came away really impressed with Notre Dame...”
“They really put up an incredibly challenging and respectful fight,” Finebaum said. “I give them credit for playing games like this because they don’t play a conference schedule and they don’t play in a conference championship game..."
Notre Dame got on the board first against Georgia with a touchdown from Ian Book to tight end Cole Kmet. The Irish went into halftime with a 10-7 lead.
But the Bulldogs scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to take firm control of the game.
Notre Dame's strong showing in the game also helped them stave off a significant drop in the AP poll. They only dropped from 7th to 10th after the loss.
The Irish may have lost the game, but in giving Georgia fits, they may not be out of the College Football Playoff race.