Cavalcade of Whimsy: The Big Ten's Very Bad Day ... And Why It Doesn't Matter

Cavalcade of Whimsy: The Big Ten's Very Bad Day ... And Why It Doesn't Matter

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Cavalcade of Whimsy: The Big Ten's Very Bad Day ... And Why It Doesn't Matter

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This week’s college football possibility that might make you throw up in your mouth a little bit, and not in the I Just Ate A McMuffin Too Fast yummy sort of way

After three weeks and three close calls in home wins over Michigan, Ball State, and Vanderbilt, Notre Dame is hardly playing like one of the four best teams in college football. 

The running game isn’t working quite yet, the defense is no big whoop, and there’s no consistency whatsoever. But 3-0 is 3-0. Michigan is pretty good, and so is Vandy, but …

Again, this isn’t one of the four best teams in college football. The opening line if Alabama faced Irish would be Crimson Tide -Your House, Wife, Dog & Kids.5

But here’s the thing. All of a sudden, USC sucks.

It could be better by the regular season finale on the road, and it probably will be, but it’s certainly not there now. You know who else is a bag of awful?

Florida State. So is Northwestern. Those looked like dangerous games for the Irish before the season, but not now.

Pitt is dangerous, but come on. Navy? Whatever. Syracuse? Stop it already, at least if a team is seriously thinking about the final four.

All of a sudden, the Irish schedule looks very, very manageable. After playing Wake Forest this week, they host Stanford, and then they go to Virginia Tech. If they win both of those games, the CFP chatter will kick in.

Even if they split those two, it’s still on. An 11-1 Irish team with wins over seven likely bowl teams – taking out Florida State, Ball State, Vanderbilt and Northwestern – might be okay on the resume as long as Michigan turns out to be fabulous.

There’s no need to panic just yet – the Irish could absolutely lose to Wake Forest this week. Or, they could kick it in, improve, and get really good and sharpen up as the season rolls on, especially if … nah.

But be careful. This could quickly turn into a wild storyline.

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