The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look like a College Football Playoff contender so far, with impressive wins over Michigan, Stanford and Virginia Tech.
However, not everyone is sold on the Irish, including SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow.
On ESPN’s “First Take” on Friday, Tebow said the Irish haven’t played anybody yet and questioned the strength of their remaining schedule (via 247Sports):
“They better avoid the trap game,” Tebow said. “They’re not playing — they don’t play a top 25 ranked team and they’ve, they’ve only played one in Michigan and Michigan under (Jim) Harbaugh has never won a ranked road game ever. Not one. And so, you know, I think that we have to look at this Notre Dame team and say, yes, they’ve been impressive. They’ve been getting better.
“Ian Book has done a great job since he’s, he’s taken command of the ship. But at the same time, we’ve got to see them play against someone that’s good. Stanford’s not good. Virginia Tech’s not good. I know we want to hype it up because they’re Notre Dame, but let’s wait and see when they play somebody that is good. And listen, if we’re comparing a Notre Dame team versus a one loss LSU or one loss Oklahoma, who’s going to get that nod? I think that is very tough and I think that Notre Dame has to be undefeated to make it in.
“And, you know, I think they’ll get a lot of support because of their tradition. But they better be undefeated to give themselves a chance and they better hope another Power Five conference loses so they’re competing against a one loss team.”
Naturally, those comments didn’t sit well with Notre Dame fans, who might actually have a point. That win against Michigan looks really good, and Stanford was a top-10 team at the time the Irish beat them.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that fans took to Twitter to rip Tebow’s comments:
Tim Tebow criticizing Notre Dame’s schedule as if he didn’t play Hawaii and The Citadel in 2008
— Kevin D. Riley (@ORileyFactor_21) October 13, 2018
Tebow was an all-time great football player that knows far less about Notre Dame than anyone on this thread…the end.
— Tim O’Malley (@timomalleyND) October 13, 2018
If you don’t believe people are still jealous of @NDFootball listen to people like Paul Finebaum and Tim Tebow on ESPN. Such jokes!
— Douglas Kline (@douglaskline97) October 13, 2018
.@TimTebow give the @NDFootball some love / say what u want but when ppl see that ND jersey they play at such a high level & these kids have met the challenge ! @CoachBrianKelly @KirkHerbstreit @EHansenNDI @NDJackNolan https://t.co/RxSnd9Vx2J
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 13, 2018
— Blake Stillson (@PadreBlock) October 13, 2018
@TimTebow just heard you bash #NotreDame they have played three ranked opponents (not one like you said) and have played two true road games. You are rediculous for saying “they haven’t played anyone”
— Erich Pilcher (@epilcher641) October 13, 2018
Ohio State: 1
West Virginia: 0
Notre Dame: 3
— Shawn Gannon (@shawngannon) October 12, 2018
@TimTebow If you don’t know anything about Notre Dame this year, best that you don’t comment about them.
— J-bones (@jdowling00) October 12, 2018