Notre Dame named top-10 program of the last decade by national publication
As Notre Dame prepares to enter the Marcus Freeman era in earnest, the Fighting Irish are coming off a very strong decade.
While the Irish haven’t won a national title over that span, they did win 75.8% of their games over the past 10 seasons. They also played for a National Championship in 2013 and have twice qualified for the College Football Playoff.
According to 247Sports’ Brad Crawford, that puts Notre Dame at No. 7 nationally over the last decade. Notre Dame ranks behind only Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU.
Florida State, Oregon and Oklahoma State round out the top 10.
Of the teams above Notre Dame, all except Oklahoma have won a national title in the last decade. However, the Sooners have a slightly higher winning percentage, more NFL Draft picks and more College Football Playoff appearances than Notre Dame in that span.
Notre Dame has won 10+ games in 5 consecutive seasons. With a loaded roster back in 2022, the Irish are in good position to extend that streak.
The future is also bright for the Fighting Irish, who currently have the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class per 247Sports Composite rankings. Freeman has put a greater emphasis on recruiting and so far it is working.
Notre Dame opens the 2022 season with Ohio State on Sept. 3.