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How would Notre Dame have executed in a university soccer playoff in 1995?

The 12 staff school soccer playoff goes to occur, and it’s doubtless going to start out in 2023. These are “virtually info” as a result of it’s what we predict, however hasn’t fairly been introduced but (simply give it a bit). The Notre Dame Combating Irish are closely within the combine — albeit differently than groups in conferences — however we’re not the to debate the deserves of the proposal.

I’m right here to have slightly enjoyable.

Playoff situations are nothing new, and writers have been banging this stuff out for years, however now we have now a reasonably strong blueprint for a way the playoff can be sooner or later and may piece collectively how the previous years’ tournaments would have appeared.

So let’s do 1995. Why? Properly it was my senior yr in highschool and Notre Dame had a adequate season to be within the playoff. That’s all the rationale we want.

The faculty soccer panorama was fairly totally different in 1995 in comparison with as we speak, and earlier than we get into the brackets, I want to elucidate a number of the variations (principally for our youthful viewers I suppose).


Yeah, yeah… conferences schmonferences. We don’t have to undergo ALL of the pre-conference alignment settings that existed in 1995, however a small refresher of the large fundamentals is okay.


Right here have been the key conferences in 1995:

  • Huge 10
  • Huge 8
  • SEC
  • ACC
  • PAC 10
  • Huge East
  • SWC

As a substitute of the Energy 5, we actually had a Energy 7. Three of these conferences don’t exist as we speak, and the remainder of them have seen large additions and strikes.

Only for enjoyable, listed below are the opposite Division 1A (ain’t a FBS but) conferences:

  • MAC
  • WAC
  • Huge West
  • And 12 Impartial faculties

Notre Dame’s Powlus With The Ball

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Notre Dame’s 1995 Season

In a short time… 1995 was a mediocre yr given its proximity to the late 80’s Irish groups and the 1993 season (which we’ll doubtless do one among these for if I get bored sufficient over the subsequent month). Notre Dame began the season ranked #9, and dropped an in depth recreation to an up and coming Northwestern Wildcats squad that completed the common season ranked #3 (regardless of dropping the subsequent recreation to Miami-Ohio). The Irish run off three straight towards Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Texas earlier than they’re ranked fifteenth and go on the street to Columbus to tackle the #7 Buckeyes — which didn’t go nicely. Notre Dame is now ranked ranked twenty third, however wins the remainder of their common season video games towards #15 Washington, Military, #5 USC, Boston Faculty, Navy, and Air Drive. On the finish of the common season, Notre Dame is ranked #6 and taking part in in addition to (virtually) anybody.

The Rankings

The Seeding

Utilizing the proposed playoff guidelines of computerized bids for the highest 6 convention champions, in addition to the highest 4 of these convention champions being the highest 4 seeds — right here’s how the 12 seeds shake out:

  1. Nebraska Cornhuskers – Huge 8
  2. Florida Gators – SEC
  3. Northwestern Wildcats – Huge 10
  4. Florida State Seminoles – ACC
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes – Huge 10
  6. Tennessee Volunteers – SEC
  7. Notre Dame Combating Irish – IND
  8. Colorado Buffaloes – Huge 8
  9. Texas Longhorns – SWC
  10. Kansas State Wildcats – Huge 8
  11. Kansas Jayhawks – Huge 8
  12. USC Trojans – PAC 10

How It All Goes Down

Understanding the top end result, this complete train feels extraordinarily foolish — however right here we’re. (All projections are based mostly off of 100% pure guess and bias and that’s all the reality you want).

Within the first spherical, Ohio State whoops up on USC, whereas Colorado and Notre Dame deal with Texas and Kansas State in pretty shut video games. Tennessee survives a scare from the Combating Glen Masons of Kansas.

Notre Dame versus Florida appears to be like like a mismatch on paper, however the Gators have been weak towards the ability speeding assault and crumbled on the sight of a choose six — issues the 1995 Irish squad did fairly nicely. Subsequent comes Peyton Manning and Tennessee, however Ron Powlus Tom Krug can outduel that man.

University of Nebraska v West Virginia

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And now we’re right here to the top and yeah… Tommie Frazier’s Nebraska staff. Possibly one of many biggest two yr runs in school soccer historical past. No quantity of homerism could make up for that demon corn grower — the Irish are routed (however perhaps not as dangerous because the 62-24 beatdown Nebraska placed on Florida).

On this made up state of affairs, we took a 9-3 Irish staff that misplaced within the Orange Bowl to the Noles, and see them make it to the title recreation to complete 11-3 for the yr. Certain — why not?

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