It’s getting to be a desperate time for Notre Dame. The question fast is becoming whether it even will earn enough wins to earn an invitation to any bowl game. It can get started on that track if it beats California.
Let’s look at what some college football experts, including fellow College Wire sites, are predicting for this game:
Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Notre Dame
Evan Bredeson, CornhuskersWire.com: Notre Dame
Tony Cosolo, ColoradoBuffaloesWire.com: Notre Dame
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Notre Dame
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Notre Dame
Cami Griffin, LonghornsWire.com: Notre Dame
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Notre Dame
Phil Harrison, BuckeyesWire.com: Notre Dame
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com Notre Dame
Kevin McGuire, NittanyLionsWire.com: Notre Dame
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Notre Dame
E, CFN Notre Dame
Tyler Nettuno, LSUTigerswire.com Notre Dame
Zack Pearson, TarHeelswire.com Notre Dame
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Notre Dame
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Notre Dame
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Notre Dame
Joe Vitale, UGAWire.com: Notre Dame
John Williams, SoonersWire.com: Notre Dame
Clucko the Chicken (a coin flip), CFN: Cal
Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press
“Irish have not started 0-3 since 2007.”
Juan Jose Rodriguez, Athlon Sports
“Notre Dame had mustered just three scoring drives in its first six quarters of the season before tallying two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s stunning loss. If the Fighting Irish are going to avoid falling even further into the weeds by starting 0-3, they’ll need to capitalize on the scoring-drive momentum against California and clean up the ball security issues that resulted in five turnovers in the loss to Marshall.”
Kerry Miller, Bleacher Report
“So, uh, is Notre Dame just plain bad?
The Irish held their own in a season-opening loss at Ohio State and actually came away from that game smelling like a contender, but a subsequent home loss to Marshall was equal parts humbling and troubling.
The defense might be good, but the offense stinks out loud. And that could make for a close, ugly, low-scoring affair against a team that has fit that mold over the past four seasons.
I have to pick Notre Dame to get off the schneid, but I can’t say I’d be surprised if the Golden Bears upset the Fighting Irish.”