Notre Dame football: Crunch time

It’s been 3 weeks since the Mormon Mauling, and after that game, I made the following statement:

The only team we will beat this year is Stanford. Not even Navy.

Apparently, Tyrone Willingham heard me. It’s been three weeks, and since then we have three wins. These weren’t fluke wins either. These were solid performances, capped by a 38-3 dismantling of Washington. Now, I’m not ready to say that Notre Dame is a powerhouse, but the offense is coming around to complement an always stingy defense. Next week’s contest against Pur-don’t will be the key. A win against the Boilermakers (ESPN #15) and their top ranked offense (50 ppg) will put the Irish on firm ground heading into the soft part of the schedule (Stanfurd, Navy, BC). And I’ll eat my words.

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