5 things to know for November 30, 2022

How long until the last weekend in August when Notre Dame Navy plays Dublin? Oh that’s right, we’ve got one more bowl game to go to and watch while Marcus Freeman and his staff put the finishing touches on Recruit Class 2023.

There was some great news heading into 2023 for Notre Dame football on Tuesday as a key player announced he’s officially returning for his fifth year – kicking off our five things to know about Notre Dame athletics need to know the last day of November 2022. Scroll below to see how the ACC Big Ten Challenge fares on its final day, check out the hardware a local Notre Dame recruit brought home yesterday and more.

See also: The 5 things you should know about yesterday

Basketball tonight vs. Michigan State No. 20

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Tonight is the very last night of the ACC Big Ten Challenge in men’s basketball, as next year the ACC will play the SEC instead. Notre Dame welcomes Michigan State’s No. 20 to South Bend tonight, starting at 9:15 p.m. EST. You can watch the game on ESPN2.

With six games remaining Wednesday, the ACC leads the 2022 challenge 5-3 against the Big Ten.

For future reference, check out how Notre Dame men’s basketball fared against all-time SEC competition

Updated shell projections

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After a tumble of ups, downs and everything in between, we feel pretty confident in saying we know where Notre Dame football is going this postseason. We looked at 10 different bowl projections yesterday and all but one had the Irish on their way to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

However, which SEC team the Irish would meet there is up for debate.

Big hardware for big recruits

Congratulations on Notre Dame’s hiring commitment in 2023 [autotag]Drayk Bowen[/autotag]. The four-star linebacker from Merrillville, Indiana (Andrean) was named MaxPreps Indiana Footballer of the Year on Tuesday. Bowen’s senior season was incredible as he averaged 144 tackles, 19 for losses, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 5 interrupted passes, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked punt.

Oh, and the linebacker wasn’t bad on offense either. He recorded 242 carries for 1,784 yards and 26 touchdowns and 10 receptions for 228 yards while catching paydirt three more times.

Meet all 25 of Notre Dame’s current commitments in the 2023 Recruitment Class

New college football playoff rankings are here

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And Notre Dame checked in at No. 21 nationally, down six spots from a week ago, after falling 38-27 at USC. The top 10 went as follows:

  1. Georgia
    3. TCU
    5. State of Ohio
    6. Alabama
    7. Tennessee
    8. Penn State
    9. Klemson
    10. State of Kansas

Honest question: If you’re TCU or USC, why not just say there was a COVID outbreak and avoid actually playing a game this weekend? If they’re both already ranking ahead of Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee, why should they be penalized by teams that couldn’t win their own division titles?

Also, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t given at least a little thought to the possibility of a Michigan-USC national championship game, and I think I’m getting sick.

Cam Hart returns in fifth year

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The sound you heard coming out of South Bend Tuesday afternoon was likely that of Notre Dame defensive coordinator Al Golden and perhaps cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens celebrating. Why is that?

[autotag]Cam Hart[/autotag] announced that He will return to school in the fifth year. With [autotag]Benjamin Morrison[/autotag] The recent surge in talent and depth that has made Notre Dame’s high school a star before our very eyes should be one of the very best high schools in all of college football next year, albeit [autotag]Brandon Joseph[/autotag] decides to enter the draft.

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire

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