Last week’s landmark announcement that college football would move to a four-team playoff beginning in 2014 was impactful to Notre Dame in multiple aspects of its program.
First, the implementation of a selection committee ensured the Fighting Irish would have access to the playoff without having to join a conference. Secondly, as it did for all teams, it decreased the likelihood of a 12-0 or 11-1 Irish team being denied an opportunity to compete for the nation title.
While 12-0 and 11-1 seasons are currently a pipe dream for Irish fans (although they may not be in 2014, especially with this schedule), many Notre Dame teams of past years would have benefited from a four-team playoff, including the program’s best team of the past 20 years, the 1993 squad.
Let’s look at how some of the Irish’s greatest teams, going back to 1990, would have fared in a four-team playoff, as well at some who would have just missed the cut.