Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2014 Football Schedule breakdown

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team gave its fans plenty of reasons to cheer this past Saturday, as they decisively defeated the Michigan Wolverines 31-0 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.  Quarterback Everett Golson was very efficient, throwing for 226 yards and three touchdowns while not turning the ball over once.  Comparatively, Michigan’s quarterback Devin Gardner threw three interceptions and added a lost fumble, providing the Irish with four second half turnovers that was more than enough to seal the deal.

The Notre Dame vs. Michigan rivalry will take a brief hiatus over the next few seasons, so Michigan fans will have to chew on this defeat for quite some time.  Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish will look toward maintaining their undefeated record this week as they face the Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Shamrock Series. Purdue is coming off a frustrating loss to Central Michigan this past Saturday, falling to the Chippewas 38-17.

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The Irish have a difficult schedule remaining with only four true home games left and several matchups vs. ranked opponents.  Below is a breakdown of the top three remaining games on the Notre Dame football schedule based off of Notre Dame football tickets data:

October 4, 2014 – vs. Stanford Cardinal | Median Ticket Price: $200.00

In a little over three weeks, Notre Dame will return home to face Stanford, currently ranked 15th in the Associated Press rankings.  Notre Dame, ranked 11th, will have to fend off Purdue this week and Syracuse on September 27th if they want to enter this game undefeated.  Stanford fell to USC last week with a costly fourth quarter fumble being the difference.  At a median ticket price of $200, this is the most in-demand game currently on the Notre Dame schedule.

October 18, 2014 – at Florida State Seminoles | Median Ticket Price: $177.50

It’s very possible the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles could meet on October 18th as two undefeated teams.  It would require Notre Dame beating the aforementioned Stanford Cardinal team, as well as Florida State fending off conference rival Clemson, but the likelihood of both teams winning all of their games up until this point is pretty strong.  If that does occur, expect ticket prices to skyrocket well past a median price of $200, making it the most expensive game remaining on the Notre Dame schedule.

October 11, 2014 – vs. North Carolina Tar Heels | Median Ticket Price: $175.00

The North Carolina Tar Heels are currently undefeated, having beaten the Liberty Flames in the opening week and the San Diego State Aztecs last Saturday at Kenan Memorial Stadium.  They’ll have three more games before they meet up with the Irish, including a difficult road game at Clemson, followed by a home matchup versus the rejuvenated Virginia Tech Hokies.  As this will be one of the final games played at Notre Dame Stadium this year, the median ticket price is currently $175.  Expect that number to fluctuate a bit, depending upon how Notre Dame fares against their other opponents during the next few weeks.

 

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