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Notre Dame football show: Goolsby, Hyde and Singer talk Fighting Irish football news and headlines

In a weekly YouTube live show, Blue & Gold’s Tim Hyde and Mike Singer discuss and react to the latest news and notes in the world of Notre Dame football and recruiting.

Former Notre Dame captain and linebacker Mike Goolsby joins this week’s show, which always makes for an entertaining episode. The trio discusses Notre Dame defensive line recruiting, takes questions from Irish fans and discusses a potential major changes to the recruiting calendar.

The show aired live on the Blue & Gold YouTube page Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Watch a replay of this week’s show in the video player above.

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Where Notre Dame football ranks in On3 post-transfer portal top 25

Notre Dame was not a big player in the spring transfer portal market. The Fighting Irish did their heavy lifting in the winter window, and what head coach Marcus Freeman and company pulled off then — welcoming a program record eight incoming transfers — was enough to keep the team inside On3’s post-transfer portal top 25.

Andy Staples has Notre Dame slotted at No. 8.

“The Fighting Irish bring back almost everyone from a stingy 2023 defense, and given a schedule that feels softer than the usual Notre Dame slate, that fact alone has produced a lot of 11-1 predictions,” Staples wrote. “While the schedule may actual be a little tougher than assumed — the opener at Texas A&M is certainly no gimme — Notre Dame should be more effective on offense in 2024. Mike Denbrock, the coordinator who helped Jayden Daniels win a Heisman Trophy last year at LSU, is back for a third stint in South Bend.

“Meanwhile, the receiver group should be considerably deeper. Duke transfer QB Riley Leonard isn’t as polished a passer as Sam Hartman, but he’s a better athlete and should be able to take advantage of Notre Dame’s usually excellent offensive line.”

The X-factor that’ll determine whether or not Notre Dame’s offense emulates what Denbrock did with Daniels at LSU is the last thing Staples mentioned — the offensive line. It lost both starting tackles, Joe Alt and Blake Fisher, to the NFL. Longtime starting center Zeke Correll transferred to NC State. Position coach Joe Rudolph has some gelling to do in finding his five best guys and getting them to play as one.

Here’s a look at Staples’ entire top 25.

College Football post-transfer portal Top 25: Ohio State leads the way

  1. Ohio State
  2. Georgia
  3. Alabama
  4. Oregon
  5. Texas
  6. Michigan
  7. Florida State
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Kansas State
  11. Tennessee
  12. Penn State
  13. Miami
  14. Missouri
  15. Utah
  16. NC State
  17. LSU
  18. Clemson
  19. Arizona
  20. Auburn
  21. Iowa
  22. USC
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. Oklahoma
  25. Nebraska

Just missed: West Virginia, Texas A&M, Liberty, Kansas, Texas Tech, Louisville, Wisconsin

The only team in the rankings Notre Dame has on the schedule is No. 7 Florida State in addition to Texas A&M and Louisville appearing in the “just missed” category. The Seminoles went undefeated through the ACC Championship last season but lost a lot of the key players who made that happen. The Cardinals beat the Irish in Louisville last year. Notre Dame has a chance to avenge that loss in South Bend this year.

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