Ohio State head coach Ryan Day wasn’t the only one who had a few things to say about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish after their loss Saturday night.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum went in on Irish head coach Marcus Freeman’s poor decision-making at the end of the game. Finebaum thinks it may cost his team a chance at being in the College Football Playoff.
Notre Dame lost in the closing seconds to the Buckeyes and on replay, many people noticed that they were missing a player on defense that could have stopped the Buckeyes from scoring, a major mistake.
Paul Finebaum weighed in on Notre Dame's last-second loss to Ohio State. saying it "very likely cost them a spot in the playoff." On their 10 men on the final play, he asked "Isn’t there a coach on the sidelines who’s supposed to be in charge of that?" pic.twitter.com/0uWP1NSzaz
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“I think ‘Isn’t there a coach on the sidelines who’s supposed to be in charge of that?’ Yeah, there are the defensive coordinator, the position coaches and the head coach,” said Finebaum. “That was a major mishap for Notre Dame and it very likely cost them a spot in the Playoff.
Finebaum continued his rant.
“I know some Irish fans this morning waking up and saying ‘You can’t say that we still have many more games to play.’ Well, that was the biggest game on your calendar because it was against probably the best team they’ll see, with the possible exception of USC, and it was at home. You have to win those games. And the Irish’s arrogance about not being in a conference could come back to haunt them because they do not have a conference championship game to make that up,” he said.
Outside of the USC game, this might have been the Fighting Irish best chance to get a playoff berth and while their season isn’t over, this loss just made it harder for them to achieve that goal.