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Notre Dame Football: Irish Stuck at No. 15 in Newest Fan Poll

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FanPulse survey still likes Oregon and Penn State better than Notre Dame despite losses.

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NCAA Football: Boston College at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolled over the Boston College Eagles Saturday, but SB Nation readers still weren’t impressed to rank the Irish any higher than No. 15.

The FanPulse survey, conducted Sunday with participants in 66 SB Nation college football communities, kept the Irish where they’ve been for four of the last five weeks. The Penn State Nittany Lions and Oregon Ducks remained ahead of Notre Dame despite earning their second loss, while the idle, two loss Florida Gators moved up one spot.

Self-identified Irish fans created their own Top 25 and, unsurprisingly, they are kinder to their favorite team. Notre Dame checks in at No. 12 on this collective poll, ahead of the Memphis Tigers, Auburn and Oregon. (Agree? Disagree? You can sign up here to add your opinion starting Saturday evening.*)

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

Among the Irish faithful, confidence in the direction of the football program rose very slightly to 91.2 percent. That’s up 0.9 percent from last week, but down from the season high of 97.3 percent established after Week 4.

Fanbases of the Irish’s 2019 opponents were also asked about the direction of their teams and here’s where they stand:

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

Irish football fans were also asked about the confidence they had in their men’s basketball team, and Mike Brey’s squad gets a 72.2 percent approval rating this week.

Finally, to add a bit of levity to the survey, respondents were also asked, “Which Thanksgiving side should be banned?” Candied yams or sweet potatoes was the choice of 31.2 percent of those who answered, while green bean casserole was just behind at 29.2 percent. A quarter of respondents said mac and cheese, while ten percent said stuffing. Nearly four percent are just looking to start trouble at Thanksgiving by banning mashed potatoes.

What do you think?

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