1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team
|1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football|
Consensus national champion
|Head coach||Frank Leahy (1st year of 2nd stint; 4th overall year)|
|Captain||game by game|
|Home stadium||Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)|
|1946 college football independents records|
|#1 Notre Dame||–||8||–||0||–||1|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1946 college football season. The Irish, coached by Frank Leahy, ended the season with 8 wins and 1 tie, winning the national championship. The 1946 team became the fifth Irish team to win the national title and the second for Leahy. The 1946 is the first team in what is considered to be the Notre Dame Football dynasty, a stretch of games in which Notre Dame went 36-0-2 and won three national championships and two Heisman Trophies from 1946-1949. The 1946 team was cited by Sports Illustrated as the part of the second best sports dynasty (professional or collegiate) of the 20th century and second greatest college football dynasty. The season also produced one of college football's "games of the century", the famous 0-0 tie with Army at Yankee Stadium.
|September 28||at Illinois||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 26–6||75,119|
|October 5||Pittsburgh||Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN||W 33–0||50,350|
|October 12||Purdue||No. 3||Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry)||W 49–6||55,452|
|October 26||at No. 17 Iowa||No. 2||Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, IA||W 41–6||52,311|
|November 2||vs. Navy||No. 2||Memorial Stadium • Baltimore, MD (Rivalry)||W 28–0||63,909|
|November 9||vs. No. 1 Army||No. 2||Yankee Stadium • New York, NY (Rivalry)||T 0–0||74,121|
|November 16||at Northwestern||No. 2||Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry)||W 27–0||56,000|
|November 23||at Tulane||No. 2||Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA||W 41–0||65,841|
|November 30||No. 16 USC||No. 2||Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry)||W 26–6||55,298|
|#Rankings from AP. All times are in Eastern Time.|
|† John Lujack, QB||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|‡ George Connor, T||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||2||1|
|John Monstrangelo, G||2||2||1||1||1|
|George Strohmeyer, C||2||1||1||1||3|
|†denotes unanimous selection
‡denotes consensus selection Source:
College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:
|Zygmont "Ziggy" Czarobski||Tackle||1977|
|Emil "Red" Sitko||Halfback/Fullback||1984|
 Notre Dame leads all universities in players inducted.
1947 NFL Draft
|John Mastrangelo||Guard||2(4)||11||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|George Sullivan||Defensive End||6(5)||29||Boston Yankees|
|Bob Skoglund||Defensive End||11(1)||43||Green Bay Packers|
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