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Too Legit To Quit: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish

October 29, 2012

College Football

Before Saturday I, along with a majority of the college football fan base, thought that Notre Dame was a little over rated, a good team but not as good as they were ranked. After Saturday I can’t speak for everyone but I will admit it, I was wrong.

Notre Dame is now 8-0 for the first time since 2002 and they don’t plan on slowing down. They held Oklahoma to 13 points on the road as the Fighting Irish put up 30 points. It looked like it was anyone’s game at the start of the fourth quarter but then Notre Dame ran away with it. After Oklahoma tied the game 13-13 the Fighting Irish scored 17 unanswered points to put the game away and make a statement to everyone that they are legit.

No one questioned that the Notre Dame defense was good but playing Oklahoma was going to be a big test for them. The main concerning question about the Fighting Irish was if their offense could step up, and they did. Oklahoma was favored in the game and people didn’t really question their quality as a team so when Notre Dame won they made a statement. That statement is bigger than most people realize because the Sooners were 79-4 at home under coach Bob Stoops before they played Notre Dame this weekend. Odds were against the Irish, they were labeled as the underdogs, and they played like champions.

Oklahoma was the first team to score a rushing touchdown against the Fighting Irish but that accomplishment didn’t frustrate their defense. Notre Dame held Oklahoma to only 15 rushing yards and forced one turnover coming late in the game helping to bring the game to a close. Here is a look at the team stats from the game.

ND OKLA
1st Downs 18 22
Total Yards 403 379
Passing 188 364
Rushing 215 15
Penalties 1-5 5-39
3rd Down Conversions 7-15 4-14
4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2
Turnovers 0 1
Possession 32:28 27:32

stats from espn.com

Notre Dame is entering a smoother section of their schedule as they play Pittsburgh (4-4) at home, Boston College (2-6) on the road, Wake Forest (4-4) at home, before finishing their season with a tough game against USC (6-2) on the road. The question still lingers, if the Fighting Irish finish undefeated will they deserve a spot in the Championship game? At the end of the season it will have to depend on who is left undefeated but if Notre Dame does have a perfect season I think they’ll have a good shot at going to the championship.

Caleb Guthrie truebluereport.wordpress.com

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