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Poll of Notre Dame Football Fans Shows Continued Confidence in Irish Program

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish football fans saw little Saturday in a 35-20 win over the Virginia Cavaliers to temper their enthusiasm for their football program, according to a new SB Nation poll released today.

Nearly 94 percent of respondents to a FanPulse poll who self-identified as Irish fans said they were confident about the direction of their football program, down 3.5 percent from those who responded following the 23-17 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. (You can sign up here to add your opinion starting Saturday evening.*)

Despite the slight dip, Irish fans collectively kept their favorite team at No. 9 for the second consecutive week.

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 both our fans, supporters of 48 other Power 5 teams and those who root for Group of 5 squads — the Irish improved one spot, from No. 11 to No. 10, following the win. The Cavaliers, ranked No. 24 in last week’s FanPulse poll, moved up five spots in this week’s poll.

Here’s how Irish fans differed with the national audience:

This week, FanPulse respondents were asked a new question:

Which fans of which programs are the most and least impressed with the Irish?

Finally, here’s how confident our opponents’ fanbases are in the direction of their teams:

What do you think?

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