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Newsstand: Where Notre Dame ranks in The Athletic’s preseason Top 25

IMG_7504by:Jack Soble06/05/24

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Notre Dame landed at No. 7 in The Athletic’s preseason Top 25, which senior college football columnist and editor-in-chief Stewart Mandel released Tuesday morning.

The Irish trailed only Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, Oregon and Ole Miss, respectively. If these were the final rankings, Notre Dame would be the No. 9 seed in the 2024-25 College Football Playoff and travel to Oxford, Miss. for its first-round game (as hypothetical conference champions, No. 8 Utah and No. 10 Florida State would receive first-round byes and be seeded No. 3 and No. 4).

“Proven quarterback Riley Leonard (Duke) could thrive with new offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock’s run game,” Mandel wrote. “Rising sophomore Jeremiyah Love is ready to be the lead back, and the Irish should be better at receiver with the addition of Kris Mitchell (FIU). But it won’t be easy replacing offensive tackles Joe Alt and Blake Fisher.

“Defensive tackles Howard Cross III and Rylie Mills, linebacker Jack Kiser, safety Xavier Watts and cornerback Benjamin Morrison return from last year’s defense that ranked fifth nationally in yards per play. Early enrollee linebacker Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa wowed in the spring game.”

Three Irish opponents appeared in The Athletic’s Top 25: Florida State at No. 10, Louisville at No. 18 and Texas A&M at No. 23.

For Mandel’s full story, click here.

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