Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman has had a difficult first year as the head coach in South Bend.

The Irish have suffered a pair of stunning losses to Marshall and Stanford — both at home. Those performances have wiped away goodwill that came from a solid-but-unspectacular game at Ohio State and an impressive win over North Carolina.

On Thursday, ESPN released midseason grades for every first-year head coach. With a 3-3 record at the halfway point, Freeman received a D+ grade.

Here’s some analysis from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:

The genuine excitement around Freeman’s hiring after Brian Kelly’s departure masked the fact that he wasn’t fully ready for a job of this magnitude. Freeman had only been at Notre Dame for a year. After Freeman’s team lost the Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma State and opened this season with losses to Ohio State and Marshall, I thought back to what Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told me in December: “There’s got to be a learning curve. I have no reason to suspect it’s a bigger learning curve or a smaller one in Marcus’ case, but there has to be one.” It showed up in various forms during Freeman’s 0-3 start (including the bowl loss) then again Saturday night, as Notre Dame was stunned at home by a Stanford team that had lost 11 consecutive games to Power 5 opponents.

The news could go from bad to worse for Notre Dame, as it is staring at a very difficult schedule the rest of the way. The Irish still have to face Clemson, Syracuse and USC — all likely to be ranked opponents.

If Notre Dame can’t pull off an upset in any of those games, it will have to win the remainder of its regular season matchups in order to make a bowl game. The Irish also face UNLV, Navy and Boston College to close out the year.

Notre Dame and UNLV kickoff at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.