Notre Dame finished in eighth place at the end of the NCAA fall sports campaign, which officially ended with the BCS Football Championship, in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cups standings.
The Fighting Irish concluded the fall sports season ranked 8th among 148 schools that scored points in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
The Fighting Irish received 100 points (the maximum possible in a sport) in men’s soccer for winning the national title and scored in five of the six fall sports in which they compete. Their most recent points addition was 50 in football for finishing 24th in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Five of the top 10 teams are from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Notre Dame’s league. Stanford — which has won the Directors’ Cup each of the last 19 years — is at its familiar No. 1 position. The Big Ten had three in the Top 10 while the Pac 12 had the other two.
A total of 148 schools at various levels, from Radford, to St. Francis (Pa.) to Yale, scored points in the fall. Here was the final Top 10 from the fall sports with the number of points:
1. Stanford — 461.25
2. Michigan State — 382.5
3. Florida State — 351.5
4. North Carolina — 333.0
5. Virginia — 323.0
6t. Penn State — 315.0
6t. Wisconsin — 315.0
8. Notre Dame — 310.0
9. Duke — 293.0
10. Colorado — 286.0
Nine fall NCAA championships were awarded, including the Football Championship Series (FCS) won by North Dakota State to complement Florida State’s Football Bowl Series (FBS). The following institutions captured national titles in these fall sports:
Women’s cross country — Providence
Men’s cross country — Colorado
Field hockey — Connecticut
Women’s soccer — UCLA
Men’s soccer — Notre Dame
Men’s water polo — USC
Women’s volleyball — Penn State
Football (FCS) — North Dakota State
Football (FBS) — Florida State
Notre Dame does not offer field hockey or men’s water polo. The Fighting Irish achieved 45 points in women’s cross country (29th-place finish), 51 points in men’s cross country (23rd), 64 in women’s soccer (9th) and the aforementioned 100 in men’s soccer and 50 in football.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.