Week 4 Five Thoughts: 1) Just How Good Is Notre Dame?
With a great win at Michigan State, is the world sleeping on Notre Dame?
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AP Poll? Coaches? Helloooooo, what are you missing when it comes to Notre Dame? 22nd by the AP types and not in the top 25 by the coaches?
What else do you need to see before you believe that this team is really, really good?
The Fighting Irish are still being punished for last year’s problems, because if the pollsters were paying attention, this year’s version is … wait for it … wait for it …
This year’s version might be deep in the College Football Playoff mix by the time the first batch of rankings roll out on Halloween night.
It’s not just that the Irish beat Temple and Boston College. It’s that they beat Temple and Boston College with breathtaking ease, running for 422 yards on the Owls and 515 on the Eagles.
And it’s not just that they beat Michigan State last weekend. It’s that they went into East Lansing and ripped through a solid D – going up 28-7 going into halftime – in an easy win.
Yeah, they lost at home to Georgia, but guess what? That might just be the second-best team in the country that pulled out the 20-19 win in South Bend.
Coaches’ Poll, you like the LSU team that Mississippi State destroyed better than Notre Dame? Georgia just blasted MSU – the Irish lost to the Dawgs in a nail-biter.
The offense under new coordinator Chip Long has been sensational, the O line fantastic, QB Brandon Wimbush special, and the defense has been great at coming up with takeaways.
And now, with Miami University and a trip to North Carolina up next – both wins – everything is setting up for the two massive home dates against USC and NC State at home.
No one seems interested in buying this, but the Irish team with the nation’s No. 7 rushing attack has the weapons and talent to win both of those two home showdowns.
With road games at Miami and Stanford, getting to 11-1 and in the College Football Playoff is way too ambitious. But for everyone ready to bury Notre Dame, fire Kelly, and let the Bob Stoops or Chip Kelly talk get rolling, that’s not happening if the team keeps playing like it did at Michigan State.
Dislike Kelly all you want, but Notre Dame is a player again. You’re just not paying attention.