Notre Dame reached the No. 4 spot on the most recent AP top 25 poll, it’s the teams highest ranking since December 1980.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish moved to No. 8 in the most recent AP Top 25 poll, up from No. 9 last week.
There were already high internal expectations for the Illini coming into this season. But with their debut in the preseason AP Top 25 poll, there are now high external expectations.