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Notre Dame Football 2021 Season Prediction: The Streaks Continue

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The Irish hold two impressive streaks that I believe we see through the end of the 2021 season

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WE’RE GOING STREAKING ON THE QUAD

No, not that kind of streaking, you hooligans. We’re talking about win streaks, people. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish season is mercifully only 12 days away. I am AMPED. I’m incredibly excited to see how the season goes and to see this team come out and play against all of their opponents. We have a game against USC again. We have full capacity again. We also have the chance to see the Irish continue some pretty awesome win streaks that 10 years ago would’ve been a pipe dream to get even to this point. Let’s break it down.

The Home Win Streak

The Irish are 24-0 since dropping a home game to Georgia in 2017. It has been one game shy of 4 straight seasons being undefeated at home. That streak extended through every game that Ian Book started, so he never lost as a starter at home. It has been AWESOME to continue that streak throughout these dominant years especially with a win over a #1 team being included in that streak. Home field advantage should mean a lot in college football, and the Irish have taken advantage of that.

I predict that the streak improves to 30-0 by the end of this season. I do not see the Irish losing a game at Notre Dame Stadium this season. A LOT of pundits want to claim that we have a tough home schedule because the Irish play 3 teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 all at home (the fourth team that is ranked is Wisconsin). The ranked teams are UNC (who I believe the Irish will beat especially with the game at home), USC (again, with the game in late October and at home, I’m looking forward to dominating Clay Helton’s team yet again), and Cincinnati.

Now that last one has the whole CFB world up in a tizzy. The Bearcats are actually ranked ahead of the Irish in the preseason poll. I’m not going to go into my diatribe about how I think preseason polls are the most irrelevant and unnecessary thing ever, but I will say I don’t put much stock in the preseason rankings. Even with Cincinnati ranked in the Top 10, the home win streak will continue. You heard it here first: The Irish beat Cincinnati by double digits. The Irish have more talent and their defensive coordinator that ran practice against the Bearcats’ offense in the past. I’m taking our chances, and I’m calling my shot.

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The Win Streak Against Unranked Teams

Another insanely impressive streak that the Irish have won 32 straight games against unranked opponents. I have always said that teams that are actually good are the ones that will take care of and beat the teams that are worse than they are. The Irish have thus shown to be a good team in the last 4+ seasons. I believe that streak continues as well. With all of the pieces in place that show experience, talent, or both, the Irish are just objectively more talented than many (if not all) teams on the 2021 schedule. And, guess what, that is ok to say. We at OFD are not backing down on that statement. The Irish are finally the big boys on the block, and instead of waiting for the sky to fall against worse teams, BK and the teams have known how to shut the door on unranked teams. It continues in 2021.

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Now, what’s my prediction for the season record?

Notre Dame’s 2021 Season: 12-0

Why? Because I’m in the “Find the Loss” Camp. It is insanely hard, as we stand right now, to find the loss on the schedule. I think Wisconsin will be a great, hard-fought game. I think the home games against the currently ranked teams will show some challenges. The whole season will show challenges that we can’t even predict right now because that’s how college football is. Will I be proven wrong and a loss or two come our way? That is more than likely. However, right now, I just can’t pick the Irish to lose a game. 12-0 it is. Notre Dame VS Everybody.

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