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2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Preview

2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Notre Dame Fighting Irish football preview as well as the 2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Schedule. Get Free football predictions against the sportsbooks college football betting line.

Coach: Charlie Weis (4th year at Notre Dame)
Team Name: Fighting Irish
2007 Overall Record: 3-9
Returning Starters: 16

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (10- 3) went to the Sugar Bowl last year where they were humbled by LSU 14- 41. In the past three years, Notre Dame has not won a bowl contest. For the Irish, an Independent team, a season comes down to national ranking and bowl victories.

Brady Quinn is gone. Now what? It's difficult to say who will start at QB for Notre Dame. It could be junior Evan Sharpley or freshman Jimmy Clausen. Either way, there's not any real experience at the helm. Dependable TE John Carlson, a senior, will be instrumental in this inexperienced offense. Senior RB Travis Thomas, who went to LB last season, is back to head the running game that has a host of tough ground gainers. The frontline returns only two, including senior center John Sullivan. Look for junior WR David Grimes (26 REC, 336 YDs, 2 TDs) to be a playmaker. Last season the passing game was rated 13th nationally and the rushing 72nd. Look for these areas to be more balanced in 2008.

The Irish gave up too may points last season—23.9 PPG. Their secondary got a little faster but not fast enough. First-time defensive coordinator Corwin Brown is getting on the job training. Senior CB Terrail Lambert (3 INTs) is a big play guy, while senior safety Tom Zbikowski (79 tackles, 44 solo) looks to have a stellar final season. Senior ILB Maurice Crum leads the line-backing group. The frontline is inexperienced.

In this rebuilding year, the Irish will find it tough going as they face a boatload of top teams, including Georgia Tech, Penn State and Michigan in their first three games. UCLA and USC are also on the list. Swing games includes those versus Purdue and Boston College. Seven wins and five loses may be the outcome and five and seven is possible. Of course, Charlie Weis, one shrewd coach and fine mentor, could surprise everyone as he has done in the past.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Sep 6
San Diego State
Home
Sep 13
Michigan
Home
Sep 20
Michigan State
Away
Sep 27
Purdue
Home
Oct 4
Stanford
Home
Oct 11
North Carolina
Away
Oct 25
Washington
Away
Nov 1
Pittsburgh
Home
Nov 8
Boston College
Away
Nov 15
Navy
Neutral
Nov 22
Syracuse
Home
Nov 29
USC
Away

 

For more info on the 2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program, view the Fighting Irish website or read up on the rest of the non BCS ncaa football teams below.

 

2008 Non BCS Football Team Previews

Here is where we list some other teams from non bcs conferences. Each link gives our individual team preview for the college. Coverage includes teams from the WAC, Mountain West, Conference USA, & Independents. For all BCS teams visit our 2008 college football preview page.

Is this the year a Mountain West team like Utah, TCU, or BYU are BCS busters? Or is a WAC school like Boise State or Pat Hill's Bulldogs going to steal a spot from a major conference. For a more broad look at these teams view the Non BCS Conference Teams Preview page of Maddux Sports.


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