Notre Dame unranked in updated preseason Associated Press top 25 poll
Notre Dame was not ranked in the updated preseason Associated Press top 25 poll, which was released on Monday.
The Irish did receive 65 votes, landing eighth-year head coach Brian Kelly's team at 28th overall.
Four 2017 Notre Dame opponents were ranked: USC (4), Stanford (14), Georgia (15) and Miami (18). Unsurprisingly, Alabama earned yet another No. 1 ranking, followed by No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 USC and No. 5 defending national champion Clemson.
Monday's reveal marks the eighth time in the last 21 seasons (the post-Lou Holtz Era at Notre Dame) in which the Irish were unranked by the Associated Press in the preseason. But of those previous seven AP unranked teams, four of them finished the year in the top 25, including the 2012 squad at No. 4.
Moreover, of the 13 post-Holtz Notre Dame teams that were ranked in the preseason top 25, none of them finished higher than where they started — and 10 of them finished the season unranked entirely.
The Irish were also unranked in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll.
Notre Dame opens the 2017 season at home against Temple on Sept. 2.