Dangerous Notre Dame football weapon identified as star of 2024

Spring football is over. The transfer portal is closed. The calendar says June. Do you know what this means? College football is almost here. It's now been five months since Michigan beat Washington in the national championship game in Houston, and we've made it through the toughest part of the offseason. We're well past the halfway mark and now there's nothing but enthusiasm to get us to the finish line. We are less than three months away from the start of the college football season and Notre Dame football is ready. Fighting Irish fans can't wait to see their team take the field for the first time.

The 2024 college football season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons in a long time, and that's because of all the changes coming to the game in 2024. Let's start with the expanded College Football Playoff.

It will be interesting to see how the first year of the new 12-team College Football Playoff plays out. The era of the four-team playoff is over, and having eight more teams participate will make a huge difference.

First of all, college football fans can breathe a little easier during the regular season. There's no worse feeling as a fan than seeing your team lose a huge game in the first few weeks of the season, before conference play even begins. In the era of the four-team playoff, that's as demoralizing as it gets. You know that one more loss is the nail in the coffin, and even with one loss (or in Florida State's case, zero), there's no guarantee you'll make it. Now, feeding five teams that go 10-2 should be pretty safe, and even some teams at 9-3 will probably be able to pull that off.

The other big change is more football and a longer season. The College Football Playoff Committee recently released the 2024 playoff schedule, and it's going to be an exciting month. Instead of three total playoff games played in the span of a week, we'll see 11 games spread out over a month. This is going to be a lot of fun.

Another major change in the world of college football this year will be new conferences. The Pac-12 disappeared as everyone except Oregon State and Washington State found a new home. USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington are now part of the Big Ten, Cal and Stanford have joined the ACC, and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah are part of the Big 12.

The Big 12 lost two teams, however, as Oklahoma and Texas are transitioning to the SEC.

Overall, big changes are coming to college football and it should make for an exciting season. Things are going to be different, and not everyone is a fan of the new changes, but there will be more football and more good matchups. It's a plus.

Notre Dame football has playoff aspirations in 2024

One team that had high expectations in recent years but failed to make the College Football Playoff is Notre Dame football. This will be the third year of the Marcus Freeman era in South Bend, and the Fighting Irish are looking to take the next step this season. Years one and two could have been much worse, but they also could have been much better. After the 2022 season began, finishing the year at 9-4 felt like a victory. A home loss to Marshall early in the year was disastrous, but the Fighting Irish bounced back.

Last season, it was a bit the opposite. After a great start to the season, Notre Dame football's 10-3 finish was a bit disappointing. The Fighting Irish got off to a hot start and were one game away from beating Ohio State at home early in the year. They did not succeed and this defeat definitely took the wind out of their sails.

Now the College Football Playoff has expanded to 12 teams, and Notre Dame football is expected to make it. Because of how the playoffs are aligned with the conference champions, the Fighting Irish can't get a bye in the CFP, but at this point their only goal is to find a way in.

Notre Dame football will once again have a talented team, and it will be interesting to see who all of their starters are when the season rolls around. The Fighting Irish have signed some exciting players into the transfer portal, like quarterback Riley Leonard coming from Duke. Ultimately, Notre Dame will need some guys to step up their efforts this season if they want to win big. Here is a player ready for an exceptional season.

Jaden Greathouse, WR

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Wide receiver Jaden Greathouse is going to have a big season for the Notre Dame football team in 2024. Greathouse just finished his freshman season and it looked extremely promising. It's common for freshmen to sit out most of the season and have to wait their turn to play, but that wasn't the case with Greathouse. He was too talented to be left off the field.

Last season, Jaden Greathouse had a great freshman year. He finished the season with 18 receptions for 265 yards and five touchdowns. He knew how to find the end zone. Greathouse found a way to be a solid contributor to this Notre Dame offense last year, and he should be one of their better WRs this season. Greathouse and Riley Leonard could end up being a great duo for the Fighting Irish.

The recipe is there for Jaden Greathouse to have a great year. The Fighting Irish will benefit from good QB play from Leonard, and Greathouse will be one of the team's top receivers. He should have plenty of opportunities to make big plays.

Jaden Greathouse will be a very important player for this team in 2024. Fighting Irish fans can't wait to see what he does in year two.

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