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Notre Dame Football Fan Confidence Soaring After Duke Demolishment

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Irish move up to No. 14 in SB Nation poll of self-identified ND fans.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Notre Dame at Duke Photo by Michael Berg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan confidence leapt considerably after the team’s thrashing of the Duke Blue Devils, according to a new SB Nation poll.

Eighty-one percent of self-identified Irish supporters said they are confident that the football program is headed in the right direction, up 27.5 percent from last week’s FanPulse survey. (You can sign up here to add your opinion starting Saturday evening.*)

Irish fans were also asked to rank college football’s Top 25 teams, and they slotted their favorite team No. 14 this week, the second consecutive week they’ve nudged Notre Dame up one spot. There are now 10 teams in Irish fans’ current Top 25 that were not considered one of the best 25 teams during the preseason, led by the sixth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Notre Dame Fans’ Post Week 14 Poll

Ranking Team Preseason Week 6 Week 9 Week 12 Week 13
Ranking Team Preseason Week 6 Week 9 Week 12 Week 13
1 LSU 10 5 1 1 1
2 Ohio State 7 4 3 2 2
3 Clemson 1 2 4 3 3
4 Georgia 3 3 7 4 4
5 Oklahoma 4 6 8 6 6
6 Utah 15 15 9 8 7
7 Baylor NR NR 11 11 8
8 Florida 7 8 6 10 9
9 Alabama 2 1 2 5 5
10 Auburn 18 12 12 16 14
11 Wisconsin 17 7 19 17 17
12 Penn State 14 11 5 9 11
13 Notre Dame 5 9 16 12 12
14 Memphis NR NR 23 14 13
15 Oregon 12 13 10 7 15
16 Boise State NR 14 21 20 20
17 Minnesota NR NR 13 13 10
18 App State NR NR 18 22 19
19 Michigan 9 16 15 15 16
20 Iowa 19 17 25 21 21
21 Cincinnati NR NR 17 18 18
22 Navy NR NR NR NR 22
23 Virginia NR 21 NR NR NR
24 Air Force NR NR NR 23 23
25 UAB NR NR NR NR NR
Voters who signed up for Fan Pulse and self-identified as Notre Dame fans. SB Nation

In the national poll — which encompasses our fans and readers of 65 other SB Nation college football communities — the Irish fell one spot from No. 14 to No. 15.

This is also the second consecutive week that self-identified Irish football fans were asked about their confidence in the Notre Dame men’s basketball team. For what this is worth, 79.7 percent of respondents said they thought Mike Brey had his program headed in the right direction.

Returning to football, fanbases of the Irish’s 2019 opponents continue to weigh in on confidence that their favorite team is going the right way.

Confidence of Opponents’ Fanbases

Confidence of Opponents’ Fanbases

Team Week 1 Week 6 Week 9 Week 13 Week 14
Team Week 1 Week 6 Week 9 Week 13 Week 14
Boston College 82.4 0 0 0* 0*
Duke 100 80 85.7 50* 50
Georgia 100 100 75 85.7 92.6
Louisville 94.1 100 100 100 100
Michigan 92.4 36.1 83.8 94.3 53.3
Notre Dame 85.2 95.2 44.7 91.2 88.3
Stanford 100 100 25 20* 50*
USC 22.2 0 0 44* 18.2
Virginia 100 93.1 65.2 95.7 96.4
Virginia Tech 32 35.7 66.7 100 88.9
FanPulse survey conducted 11/24. (* indicates fewer than 10 people responded) SB Nation

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