Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 17, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 8 of 55 SEPT. 17, 2018 9 UNDER THE DOME 4.5 Overnight television rating on NBC for the season opener against Michigan Sept. 1. It was up 275 percent from the 2017 opener versus Temple (1.2). The overnight rating tied the highest for any Notre Dame game on NBC since 2006 against Michigan (4.9), matching the team's 2010 game against Michigan and a 2009 matchup against USC. It is also the highest for any prime-time Notre Dame game on NBC (17 telecasts dating back to 2009). 5 Captains selected for the 2018-19 Notre Dame hockey team that has advanced to the Frozen Four each of the past two seasons, losing 2-1 to Minnesota Duluth in the final this April. Junior defenseman Andrew Peeke succeeds the graduated Jake Evans as the team captain, while the alternates will consist of seniors Jack Jenkins, Dylan Malmquist and Bobby Nardella, plus junior Cal Burke. Peeke led the Irish skaters last year with a plus-12 rating and earned 2017-18 Academic All-Big Ten honors. After an exhibition game Oct. 7, the regular season begins with the Ice Breaker Tournament Oct. 12-13 in Erie, Pa. The Irish will play host Mercyhurst in the opener and then either Miami (Ohio) or Providence to conclude the weekend. 8 Ranking of Notre Dame in the Associated Press poll following its 24-17 victory versus Michigan Sept. 1. It was the highest rating of the Fighting Irish entering the second game of the season since coming in at No. 4 in 2006. The only other time in that span Notre Dame was in the top 10 before the second week was 2015, when it was voted No. 9 following a 38-3 blowout of Texas in the opener. In the post-Lou Holtz era (since 1997), the only other time Notre Dame was in the top 10 entering game two was 1998 at No. 10 before losing 45-23 that week at Michigan State. 19-5 Notre Dame's all-time home record against Southeastern Conference opponents, with Vanderbilt coming to South Bend Sept. 15. This includes former members Georgia Tech and Tulane when they were in the SEC before leaving in the mid-1960s, but does not include current members such as Missouri, South Carolina and Texas A&M, who were not part of the SEC when the Irish played them most recently. The breakdown, alphabetically, is: Alabama (2-0), Georgia (0-1), Georgia Tech (6-1), LSU (3-1), Ole Miss (1-0), Tennessee (2-2), Tulane (4-0) and Vanderbilt (1-0). 20/1 Odds for Notre Dame to win the 2018 national cham- pionship after defeating Michigan in the opener according to Bovada, an online gambling website, up from 40/1 during the preseason. Over- all, the Fighting Irish were No. 7 in the national title odds after week one, behind Alabama (7/4), which has captured five of the last nine national cham- pionships, Clemson (9/2), Georgia and Ohio State (tied at 8/1), Auburn (16/1) and Wisconsin (18/1). Oklahoma was right behind the Irish at 22/1. Among Notre Dame opponents, USC (Nov. 24) was the highest at 60/1. Virginia Tech (Oct. 6) moved from 125/1 to 65/1 following its 24-3 beatdown of Florida State in Tallahassee, while Michigan dropped from 18/1 to 70/1. Stanford (Sept. 29) was at 75/1. 36.4 Points per game averaged by current Notre Dame senior women's basketball players Arike Ogun- bowale (20.8) and JESSICA SHEPARD (15.6) as last year's top two scorers for the national champs. Both were invited to par- ticipate in the USA Women's National Team training camp from Sept. 3-5 in Columbia, S.C., to qualify for the 12-player 2018 USA World Cup roster for the FIBA World Cup Sept. 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain. Both Ogunbowale and Shepard had already earned gold medals playing on USA Basketball junior teams. ✦ BY THE NUMBERS PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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