Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
It will be six years since Notre Dame Fighting Irish head football coach Brian Kelly left the University of Cincinnati. Kelly is 25-20 in his five seasons in the Northwest part of the Hoosier State. Seventeen starters return to a team that went 8-5 in 2014. The Fighting Irish ended the 204 regular season losing four in a row but beat LSU in the Music City Bowl. Keely replaced a lot of assistant coaches coming into the 2015 season. It will be “WAKE UP THE ECHOS” this season for Notre Dame. Fans are anxious to get a shot a being in the BCS Playoffs and Notre Dame may surprise this season. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Tide plays home games at the 80,800 seat Notre Dame Stadium on campus in South Bend, Indiana.
Seven starters return to the 2015 Notre Dame offense. Dayton, Ohio product Malik Zaire enters his Junior season as the starting quarterback. Zaire led the Fighting Irish to a bowl victory last season. The strength of the Notre Dame offensive is the o-line, left tackle Ronnie Stanley is the anchor. Junior wideout Will Fuller (1,094) receiving yards and C.J. Prosise (516) yards catching the football will be featured in the passing attack. There is talent at the running back position with junior Tarean Folston (889) rushing yards in 2014 and Greg Bryant. Prosise will also get the ball in the backfield. Kelly and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford will have the Notre Dame offense playing at a high level this season. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were 6-7 on College Football ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total seven times, staying under the betting odds total five times with a push.
*The Fighting Irish offense put up 444.9 yards per contest, 32nd in the land.
*Notre Dame went 3-4 Against The Point Spread at home in 2014.
*The Fighting Irish were 2-3 ATS on the road.
*The betting odds total was 5-2 in South Bend last season.
*The “IRISH” went over the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The University of Notre Dame stayed under the betting odds total twice on the road, wit ha push.
*The Notre Dame passing game ranked 18th in the FBS, averaging 285.5 yards per game throwing the football.
*The fighting Irish scored 32.8 ppg, 38th in College Football.
*The Notre Dame ground game was 68th nationally, with 158.5 yards per contest running the football.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has ten starters from a unit that gave up 41.8 ppg the final seven regular season games. The return of cornerback KeiVarae Russell who missed all of last season with academic issues brings a dominant presence to the secondary There is also plenty of talent at linebacker. The defensive line will be just as strong as the squad that lost to Alabama in the 2012-13 BCS title game.
*The Fighting Irish defense gave up 404.2 yards per contest in 2014, 71st in the nation.
*The Notre Dame pass defense ranked 75th in the FBS, allowing 233.0 yards per game through the air.
*The Notre Dame Fighting Irish gave up 29.2 ppg in 2014, 882nd in the FBS.
*The Fighting Irish run defense was 72nd in College Football, giving up 171.2 yards per contest on the ground.
*Notre Dame plays three of their first four games at home in 2015.
*The Fighting Irish plays Clemson and Stanford on the road this season.
Bovada lists the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at over/under nine wins in 2015.
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