Entries in Notre Dame football (53)
At least if they don't turn the ball over four times, miss routine field goals, Brian Kelly doesn't make any crazy coaching decisions, etc. Notre Dame will start to win the game at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX; the question is whether they will beat USC or themselves in another paroxysm of self-destruction.
Another loss, this time against a good opponent. Once again, though, Notre Dame helped things along with self-destructive play. The season started so well, but has fallen apart in good part at least as much due to mental errors as from anything their opponents have done.
Record to date: 7-4.
Next win: USC.
Losing at home to a 3-6 team is bad (at least for a team that 7-2 and until last week very much in the hunt for the national championship); losing the way they lost is just embarrassing: four turnovers, two missed field goals, a blocked extra point and perhaps the piece de resistance: up 40-29 after scoring a touchdown, the coach decided to go for a two point conversion. The obvious decision is to go for one: it's basically automatic, and after that the team is up by 12, meaning that the other team cannot tie the game with a touchdown and a field goal, but needs two touchdowns or a touchdown and two field goals to avoid a loss - two tasks which are considerably harder to achieve. Conversely, the difference between being up 12 and being up 13 is comparatively minor, as it's only relevant in case the opposition scores a touchdown and two field goals.
One might reply that not everything that's obvious is correct, and I'd agree. But this, shall we say, is obviously obvious! Moreover, the professionals confirm this. Needless to say, Notre Dame failed the two-point conversion, and then Northwestern scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to close to within three. Notre Dame was running out the clock when a player fumbled, and sure enough Northwestern kicked a field to go to send the game into overtime.
Next loss: Louisville.
So much for any national championship hopes! What a ridiculous game: four turnovers gave Arizona State a 34-3 lead in the first half. Then Notre Dame finally started playing competently, and with six minutes left in the game had closed it to 34-31! ASU bounced back and scored a touchdown, then when ND was driving right back down a received bobbled a ball and turned it into a second pick-six for the defense. One more ND failure in the closing minutes resulted in the final score.
Wait 'til next year!
Record to date: 7-2.
Next victim: Northwestern.
In lieu of a tune, here's a dramatic interpretation of ND's turnover-prone play.
The 8th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in sunny Arizona this afternoon to take on and dismantle the 11th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in a must-win game to keep their playoff chances alive. (They need to finish in the top four in the rankings by season's end, which includes three more games after this one.)
The exorcism begins at 3:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised on ESPN3.
But only for a football game. We need them otherwise! #6 Notre Dame will defeat the Navy Midshipmen tonight starting at 8 p.m. and televised on CBS. Notre Dame just needs to hop over two more teams in the remaining month or so of the season to get into the playoffs, so the national championship is still very doable!
The pain, the pain!! Notre Dame came about as close to winning as possible, down to having first and goal at the end of the game and then having a game-winning touchdown taken back on a penalty. Argh!!!!!! Florida State was a good opponent though, and one can't say that they were lucky; just the winners of a great battle.
Record so far: 6-1.
Next victim: Navy (in two weeks).
Notre Dame is ranked #5 in the college football polls, and today is their day to go up - way up. First, the absurdly overrated team that was #4 lost earlier today; second, Notre Dame gets to smash the #2 team, Florida State, tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. After the win it's likely we'll be #1 and if not #2 is guaranteed.