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Notre Dame Football: College Football Fans Are Just Dead Set on Irish at No. 15

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Among Irish fans, confidence in the direction of the football program dips slightly.

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For the fifth time in six weeks, college football fans have collectively ranked the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as the 15th best football team.

The majority of readers of 66 SB Nation football communities were impressed enough with the Wisconsin Badgers’ 38-17 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers to jump the 10-2 Badgers over the 10-2 Irish in this week’s FanPulse poll. The Gophers dropped from No. 10 to No. 17, while the other 13 teams ahead of the Irish shuffled only slightly.

Self-identified Irish fans created their own Top 25 — which you too can be a part of here* — and are kinder to their favorite team.

Notre Dame checks in at No. 13 on this collective poll, down one spot from last week, but still above the Memphis Tigers and Oregon Ducks.

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 program dipped slightly from 91.2 percent to 88.3 percent following Notre Dame’s 45-24 win over the Stanford Cardinal.

Irish football fans were also surveyed about the confidence in their men’s basketball program. There’s 76.5 percent confidence in the direction that Mike Brey is taking the team, up 4.3 percent from last week.

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

Survey respondents were also asked which of the following five teams are most deserving of the fourth playoff spot. The Utah Utes received the most support at 44.4 percent, with the Oklahoma Sooners (28.9 percent) considered second-most deserving. The Georgia Bulldogs (20.3 percent), Alabama Crimson Tide (1.2 percent) and Oregon (0.9 percent) were the remainder of the responses.

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