Notre Dame Is Overrated, Not A Top-10 Team

Jerry Hinnen isn't buying the Irish as national title contenders

September 18, 2018 - 8:33 am

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Notre Dame is 3-0 and ranked eighth in the country, but Jerry Hinnen isn’t buying the Fighting Irish as national title contenders – not after back-to-back nail-biters against Ball State (1-2) and Vanderbilt (2-1).

“How do you feel if you’re a Michigan fan?” the CBS Sports college football writer asked on Ferrall on the Bench. “You went up to South Bend and you felt like maybe your team wasn’t completely terrible, but that game was never really in doubt. And then Notre Dame goes out the next two weekends, they monkey around with Ball State. They easily could have lost that game to Vanderbilt.”

After beating Ball State 24-16 on Sept. 8, the Irish needed a late stop to fend off Vanderbilt 22-17 this past Saturday.

“Vanderbilt really kind of threw it away with some turnovers there,” Hinnen said. “Notre Dame just does not look like a top-10 team. I know they’re ranked No. 8. I really have to agree at this point that they’re overrated. (Brandon) Wimbush runs so hot and so cold.”

Indeed, Wimbush threw three interceptions against Ball State and has just two touchdowns (one pass, one rush) this season. He’ll hope for a better showing this Saturday at Wake Forest (2-1).

“If Notre Dame does lose that game, there’s going to be a few more losses down the road,” Hinnen said. “I really can’t rule it out. If you’re going to play around with the likes of Ball State and the likes of Vandy – and Vandy is maybe decent this year – you absolutely have the potential to drop a game at Wake Forest.”

Wisconsin (2-1), meanwhile, fell from No. 6 to No. 18 in the rankings after losing at home to BYU, 24-21. It was a stunning lose for a team with College Football Playoff aspirations.

“Jonathan Taylor is great,” Hinnen said. “They’re always going to have a running back. I think they grow them in labs there in Madison: Oh, here’s another 2,000-yard rusher. But it was an awful loss – awful. BYU is not a particularly good team. If you can’t handle this BYU team, which was not good at all last season, at home, you are going to have some real problems down the road when you’re trying to face Michigan, theoretically Ohio State in a Big Ten Championship – even Iowa this coming week. The loss by itself doesn’t ruin their season, but that’s the sort of loss that tells you they’re not going to have the season that they expected.”