Analyst: Biggest Issue Notre Dame Must Address To Win A Title

first_imgNotre Dame RB Dexter Williams rushes against Clemson.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A.J. Terrell #8 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Dexter Williams #2 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Notre Dame came two wins away from a national championship last season. Brian Kelly’s team reached its first College Football Playoff, falling to eventual national champion Clemson in the semifinal.It was a nice step forward for Notre Dame, and also proved that the Fighting Irish could reach the four-team field without the aid of a conference. While ND doesn’t appear to be challenging the Alabama/Clemson top tier, they should be in the general CFP discussion.Entering the year, Notre Dame sits at about 50/1 to win the title. The Irish return quarterback Ian Book, who looks to expand on a breakout 2018, but lose a decent amount from the strong defense that helped carry the team last year. 247Sports’ Chris Hummer identified the major issues facing Notre Dame and the other major contenders in college football entering 2019.For ND, there are two pretty glaring weaknesses  as we come up on a month before Week 1. Each side of the ball has something that needs to be addressed.On offense, Notre Dame needs a more efficient, consistent rushing attack to open things up for Book. Defensively, there are a lot of holes in the middle of the defense due to graduations and NFL attrition.The run game, which finished 61st nationally in yards per carry, must improve to return some balance to the Irish offense. Notre Dame often got behind in early downs due to an ineffective rush – Dexter Williams’ home runs covered up for a lot. The Irish must also find playmakers in the middle of their defense. Covering up for the loss in production of Jerry Tillery (9 sacks), Drue Tranquill (86 tackles, 9 TFL) and Te’von Coney (123 tackles, 9.5) is a tall task.These are both important areas of improvement, considering the schedule that Notre Dame faces. Fellow CFP hopefuls Georgia and Michigan highlight a pretty tough schedule.If Notre Dame makes the Playoff again, it will definitely have earned it.[247Sports]last_img read more

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ONMT Opens Office in Indias New Delhi

Rabat – The Moroccan National Office of Tourism (ONMT) has opened an office in New Delhi, India. The Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts, and Social Economy Mohamed Sajid said the office will promote Morocco’s tourism opportunities. The initiative aims to bring the Moroccan tourism product closer to the Indian market, which offers great opportunities in human capital and economic development, said the minister, on a three-day visit to India at the head of a large delegation. Morocco is preparing to put in place several measures to accommodate more Indian tourists in 2019.“China remains a better example. After the opening of an Office of the Moroccan National Tourist Office in 2015, the influx of Chinese tourists to Morocco has increased significantly to reach 120,000 visitors in 2017, with the goal of welcoming 200,000 tourists in 2018,” said an Indian government official.The director general of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, Adil El Fakir, believes that the inauguration of the ONMT office in New Delhi is an opportunity to conquer the Indian market, which has a population of 1.3 billion inhabitants.“Only 15,000 Indian tourists visited Morocco in 2017. This figure remains very low compared to the population of India and the level of bilateral relations. Our goal is to increase the number of Indian tourists in the coming years,” he said.A memorandum of understanding was signed earlier in the day between the Moroccan Society of Tourism Engineering (SMIT) and the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to promote tourism investment and promote the exchange of expertise between the two countries. read more

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