As the college football season is set to finish this evening with tcu facing Georgia in the college football playoff finale, it’s that time to look ahead at who will challenge to be in the game next year.
For Notre Dame, they are losing some stars (tight end Michael Mayer, defensive end Isaiah Foskey and safety Brandon Joseph) while they found a big time up-grade at quarterback with Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman.
The player movement has many believing that the Irish will contend for a CFP spot but it seems like 247Sports isn’t thinking the same way. They released their way-too-early top 25 today and they ranked Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame 13th.
It seems a bit low considering they have made an upgrade at the most important position with plenty of returning stars (cornerback Ben Morrison, offensive tackles joe alt and Blake Fisher). The highest vote they received was 10th, with is right around where they should have been rated.
Tennessee has more questions than the Irish, they were ranked 12th. Clemson had an up-and-down year and “return” their starting quarterback who just started his first game. The Tigers were 11th while Oregon did make sense to me at 10.Bo Nix returning helps while a big time recruiting class is on their way to Eugene.
It’s obvious that this could change, with the second signing period and more player movement in the transfer portal but having Notre Dame at 13, even right now, is too low. Find out below where every team 247Sports ranked ended up.
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Jan 2, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tulane Green Wave place kicker Valentino Ambrosio (43) reacts after kicking the winning extra point against the USC Trojans in the fourth quarter in the 2023 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
#24 Ole Miss
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Sep 17, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Reggie Grimes (14), defensive back D.J. Graham (9), tight end Carsten Groos (84) and long snapper Kasey Kelleher (51) sing the alma mater after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
#22 Texas A&M
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#21 South Carolina
Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Chris Tyree (25) pushes off South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Nick Emmanwori (21) on a first down pass play to the 19 yard line with just under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl game in Jacksonville, Florida’s TIAA Bank Field Friday, December 30, 2022. The first half ended with South Carolina holding a 24 to 17 lead but Notre Dame came back and with a late fourth quarter touchdown, won the game 45 to 38. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
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#20 Texas Tech
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November 25, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Carl Jones Jr. (35) celebrates after recovering the football on a fumble by the California Golden Bears during the fourth quarter at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
#18 Oregon State
Sep 3, 2022; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers tight end Luke Musgrave (88) runs after a catch against during the first half against the Boise State Broncos at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
#17 Kansas State
Nov 12, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back DJ Giddens (31) runs the ball past Baylor Bears linebacker Jackie Marshall (35) and Dillon Doyle (5) during the second half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) and wide receiver Devaughn Vele (17) shake hands after a play against the Stanford Cardinal in the second quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs place kicker Griffin Kell (39) and his teammates celebrate the victory over the Baylor Bears after Kell kicks the game winning field goal against the Bears as time expires at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players stand with fans for The Eyes of Texas after a loss against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
#13 Notre Dame
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Dec 30, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joe Milton III (7) throws an orange after defeating the Clemson Tigers during the 2022 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Clemson tight end Davis Allen (84) runs after a catch near North Carolina defensive back Lejond Cavazos (6) during the first quarter of the ACC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday, Dec 3, 2022.
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Oregon head coach Dan Lanning takes to the field with his team as the No. 9 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 21 Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.
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Washington’s Wayne Taulapapa, center, runs for a first quarter touchdown against Oregon Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
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Oct 29, 2022; Tucson, Arizona, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) passes against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Josh Williams runs the ball and scores as the LSU Tigers take down Alabama 32-31 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA ,Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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#6 Florida State
Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Johnny Wilson (14) catches a pass. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 35-32 in the Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.
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#5 Penn State
Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin celebrates with his team after the Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Utah Utes in the 109th Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
#4 Ohio State
Ohio State defensive end Zach Harrison (9) celebrates after coming up with an interception on a tipped pass in the first quarter against Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in State College.
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TCU running back Kendre Miller (33) tries to break away from Michigan Makari Paige (7) past during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium.
Nov 12, 2022; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Cameron Latu (81) breaks a tackle attempt by Mississippi Rebels defensive back Ladarius Tennison (13) during the second half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Georgia running back Kendall Milton (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the 2022 Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Saturday, Dec 31, 2022, in Atlanta.