And so Notre Dame finishes a somewhat disappointing year on a good note, winning their bowl game and winding up 9-4 for the season. Next year they have good prospects to be a top-10 team; we'll see. Meanwhile, for the last time this year and for this football season, a musical coda:
Entries in Notre Dame football (32)
It isn't the bowl game Notre Dame hoped for, but you take what you get. The Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium is underway, and Notre Dame is expected to crush Rutgers, and not just by tongue-in-cheek super-fans like this blogger. The massacre is underway, and can be viewed on ESPN.
As you can see for yourself, here. (Granted, I'm using a different sense of the word "football" than usual, but still.... As for "real" football, Notre Dame will play Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium December 28.)
Granted, it'll be a challenge, but it's doable for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to finish the regular season with a victory over the Stanford Cardinal [sic]. The proceedings will be televised at 7 p.m. on Fox.
Back on the right track. The regular season concludes next week with a big road game against the Stanford Cardinal. Win that one and the season can be counted a good one, despite the unnecessary loss a couple of weeks ago. Season record: 8-3.
Maestro, strike up the band!
With a bit less enthusiasm after Notre Dame's epic fail a couple of weeks ago against Pitt, we will soldier on and predict their landslide victory today over the BYU Cougars. The demolition starts in about 30 minutes, and will be televised on NBC. (Reading material here.)
Pretty painful, as Notre Dame squandered repeated opportunities to snatch a loss from the jaws of victory. That does it for our chances for a BCS Bowl, though winning out would still result in a good year overall.
Next victim: BYU.
Enough chess, time for college football! More specifically, Notre Dame football, as the #23 or 24-ranked Fighting Irish go to Pitt to take on the Panthers. Notre Dame will win, of course, the only question is whether the winning margin will reach triple digits. (Okay, double digits.)
The thrashing will be aired on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET, and you can read up on the game here.
It was a close, but in the end #25 Notre Dame triumphed in this friendly rivalry game, scoring the last touchdown and (finally) making a defensive stop at the end to win their seventh game of the year.
Three wins to go (plus the bowl game).
Next victim: Pittsburgh.
Music lovers, this one's for you: