At 11-2, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished the season ranked #12 in the AP Poll and #11 in the coaches poll. While I’m still struggling to understand how a team with 4 losses can be ranked ahead of Notre Dame — or the Florida Gators with their weak-ass schedule — the season is over and done.
So, we immediately dive into the “way too early” college football rankings. Just a few years ago, there were only a small handful of these, and a lot of people would shout them down as, well... too early. The internet, however, LOVES lists and now we get a huge amount of these right after the national championship game.
Luckily for all of us, we don’t have to hunt down the links to check them all out. Matt Hinton took care of that for you, and he compiled a consensus ranking from 15 lists.
...and here's your knee-jerk consensus of 15 "way too early" rankings for 2020. It's a clean sweep at the top and as long as Trevor Lawrence doesn't renounce the sport in search of enlightenment it's going to stay that way. pic.twitter.com/1vbU2O7Usj— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) January 16, 2020
The Irish come in at #10 with The Sporting News ranking them the highest at #8 and College Football News ranking them the lowest at #17. It needs to be noted that Stadium’s Brett McMurphy has the Irish #15 and the Iowa St. Cyclones at #10 — BECAUSE THAT MAKES TOTAL SENSE!
While we shouldn’t take too much stock in all of this, it does serve as a basic outline for expectations in 2020. The Clemson Tigers are everyone’s top team for 2020 and they will visit Notre Dame in November. The Irish also have dates against the #12 Wisconsin Badgers and #20 USC Trojans.