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ND Fans hopeful for next year

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Here at home...Irish fans who couldn't make the trip to the Big Apple, cheered for their team at local sports bars.

"I'm ready for 2014, ready for this season to be over," says Joseph Timler an Irish fan watching the game at a bar near campus.

But before it could end these Irish fans had to watch their team take on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  Many of them were a little under whelmed with the team's performance.

"I'm happy about the win but it was kind of a conservative game plan and a blah effort," says Timler.

"I think compared to last year we kind of had a rebuilding season, I think they have a lot of work to do in the off season but I think its something that Brian Kelly can handle," says Chad Boylen an Irish fan.

And that's what everyone wanted to talk about, their hopes for next season.

"If Brian keeps his thumb down on it and does what he's suppose to do I think it could be a fantastic year," says Boylen.

Other fans we spoke to said they're excited about the new playoff system next year.

They think it could increase the chances the Irish have of returning to the national championship.

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