The golden dome towering above the University of Nore Dame campus in South Bend, IN seems to be glittering as brightly today as when the school’s famous Four Horsemen trounced all would-be competitors back when those courageous collegians wore leather helmets sans face masks.
Yesterday’s 38 – 0 drubbing of a mediocre Wake Forest team, coupled with unexpected losses by previously unbeaten #2 Oregon and #3 Kansas State, have Irish eyes smiling everywhere throughout the college football world and beyond.
Joke all you want about the luck of this Irish squad.
Argue about Touch Down Jesus’ supposed divine intervention.
Postulate about a special Pope blessing on American soil.
Ruminate about the ghost of Knute Rockne influencing this year’s team.
Or, speculate about Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly employing secret shamrock shenanigans behind the scenes.
Sure, this current 11 – o Notre Dame has squeeked by the likes of competitive Pittsburgh, Purdue, Michigan, Stanford and BYU teams to capture the #1 spot in the current BCS college football standings. Plus, they’ve enjoyed unprecented luck again yesterday with the surprising losses by the Ducks and Wildcats in games in which they were favored to win.
But, the Fighting Irish’ success this year has been earned. They’ve produced an unblemished record this late into the season for the first time since 1989 because of an outstanding defense anchored by Heisman hopeful Manti Te’o and a great defensive line that will be memorialized in this special Irish season for their goal line stops against a surging Stanford squad last month. These Irish can not only stuff the run, but they can also harrass the passer.
The Irish’s good, albeit not great offense, excelled yesterday against Wake Forest and is led by a maturing quarterback in Everett Golson who seems to get better in every game he plays. Golson has a NFL ready tight end in Tyler Eifert and is surrounded by quick and speedy skill players in Cierra Wood and Theo Riddick.
The Irish remain college football’s only undefeated team that is bowl eligible and should find themselves vying for the BCS title in early January if they defeat a struggling USC Trojan team next week in Los Angeles. The Irish got even luckier with news that Trojan star quarterback Matt Barkley was injured and may not play next week.
Count on Notre Dame getting past USC for a dream match-up with the winner of the SEC Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
Expect a reborn, unprecedented allegiance to the independent Golden Domers in their quest to slay the giants of the so-called power conferences and once again finish their magical season as National Champion and make the Irish eyes of the famous Four Horsemen smile widely once again.
Straight talk. No static.
MIKE – aka Mike Raffone – thee ultimate talki