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Notre Dame Football: Irish Fans Feeling Slightly Better After Win Over Virginia Tech

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Supporters also put Notre Dame higher than Michigan in their poll.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans are slightly more confident in the direction of their favorite team’s program than they were in the immediate aftermath of the Michigan debacle, a new SB Nation poll released Tuesday found.

The confidence of self-identified Irish fans is 53.9 percent after the 21-20 escape last Saturday versus the Virginia Tech Hokies, up 9.2 percent from the prior week’s FanPulse survey. (You can sign up here to add your opinion starting Saturday evening.*)

Notre Dame supporters collectively made one notable change to their Top 25 list: They elevated the Irish to No. 15 and dropped the Michigan Wolverines one spot to No. 16. That’s an action borne out of either delusion or spite.

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, supporters of 49 other Power 5 teams and those who root for Group of 5 squads — the Irish improved one spot from No. 15 to No. 14. (Michigan dropped in the national poll by one spot.)

This week, the poll asked a separate question to Irish fans about their confidence in the Notre Dame men’s basketball program. It’s sort of an odd question, since it assumes survey respondents — who signed up to rank football teams — also have an opinion about another sport at the same university.

For what it’s worth, 62.5 percent of Irish football fans think the Notre Dame men’s basketball team is 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

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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* Only one sign up necessary. A poll will be mailed to you each Saturday evening until football season ends.