2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The 10 teams that have accomplished the most so far this college football season. An average top-25 team would have had a 19% chance to go 3-0 with LSU's schedule.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

For the second straight week Notre Dame's chance to reach the playoff dropped more than anyone else's despite earning a win. That the Fighting Irish only beat Vanderbilt by 5 at home lowered FPI's opinion of them and hurt their projections going forward.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The 10 most likely teams to reach the College Football Playoff, per ESPN's Playoff Predictor.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame is very fortunate to be 3-0. Vanderbelt left a ton of points on the field today, and the Irish record their third one-score victory. There are quarterback questions to sort out, as well as the ability to put teams away. A trip to Wake Forest looms, followed by a showdown with surging Stanford.

Herbstreit: Vanderbilt will upset Notre Dame (1:13)
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

The breakout player for each Top 25 team

From high-profile recruits finally getting a chance to shine to some under-the-radar gems, these are the players exceeding expectations for the nation's top teams.


Campus Conversation: Week 2 Review, Bad Injuries, Superlatives

Matt Schick, Peter Burns & Heather Dinich discuss their biggest takeaways from Week 2 (10:05), their superlatives for the week (12:59), jump to conclusions about the season (24:10) and more. Plus, "Talk Nerdy To Me" on the Playoff predictor (38:52), Walk-Ons (44:24) & extra points (50:42).

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

FPI significantly upgraded its opinion of Georgia and Penn State after expectation exceeding road wins from each. That has led to improved projections and playoff forecast for both. Meanwhile it thinks less of Notre Dame after a narrow win over Ball State.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Our updated Playoff Predictor numbers following Week 2. Georgia improved its chances with a win at South Carolina, while Notre Dame dropped (a result of an FPI downgrade) after only beating Ball State by 8.


Campus Conversation: Reassessing Predictions After Week 1

Brad Edwards, Heather Dinich & Chris Low react to the latest AP Poll (4:55) & reassess their early predictions for OU (7:30), Washington (11:02), the ACC (16:59), Big Ten (21:34) and Notre Dame (25:15) with what they know now. Plus, walk-ons (29:12) and Extra Points (34:53).

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Alabama now leads the country in both FPI and chance to make the College Football Playoff (65%) after Week 1. It leapfrogged Clemson in both metrics.

Finebaum: Harbaugh wasn't brought to Michigan to lose to ND (1:22)
Alabama leads the CFP race (3:06)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame defensive end Khalid Kareem on pressuring Michigan: "We knew that they were, like I said, defeated, so we kept attacking."

Wimbush: ND has room to improve (1:36)
Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports
16dHeather Dinich

The race for the fourth playoff spot is already on

True, Week 1 isn't even over, but opinions are most certainly already being formed by the playoff committee after the Pac-12, Notre Dame and Big 12 results.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman, a transfer from Navy, on making his Fighting Irish debut in the win over Michigan.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan QB Shea Patterson after the team's season-opening loss to Notre Dame.


Green-out: No. 12 Notre Dame beats No. 14 Michigan 24-17

Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass to help No. 12 Notre Dame jump out to a big first-half lead, Te'von Coney and the defense made it stand with a late takeaway, and the Fighting Irish beat No. 14 Michigan 24-17 on Saturday night as the...

Team Stats

Passing Yards200.7Tied-89th
Rushing Yards164.777th
Points For23.3
Points Against16.731st

Find Tickets