Reversing Recent History, God Again Favors Irish

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now the 11th ranked team in America after a 20-3 victory over the Spartans in East Lansing on Saturday night in front of a national audience. Manti Te’O had twelve tackles, and because of his defensive effort he was awarded the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. This was the same guy who earlier in the week had lost both his grandmother and girlfriend; for him to come out and hold a top-notch running back like La’Veon Bell to just 77 yards on the road is simply amazing.

The Irish under coach Brian Kelly has seen a rapid ascension up the national rankings and with big games coming up for the rest of the season a BCS bowl game is definitely a possibility. The Irish haven’t seen the BCS since Brady Quinn was dismantled in the Sugar Bowl by everyone’s favorite top overall pick Jemarcus Russell in 2007. The Irish were also helped out by a few upset losses in front of them in the rankings – with USC losing on the road to Stanford and Virginia Tech losing, both in the same week – allowing the impressive win to be rewarded that much more, and now with their 3-0 start Notre Dame can do some serious damage in the polls if they keep up the momentum. Their next big game comes this Saturday at home when another Heisman hopeful comes to town in the form of Denard Robinson. The 18th ranked Wolverines got destroyed by Alabama in their opener, but have rebounded nicely with two solid wins, and now with both teams meeting on a national stage the game should be yet another measuring stick for both teams to see where they stand. The Irish clearly have the advantage, albeit with their homecoming and their underdog win, so they should have both momentum and a boisterous crowd cheering them on under the lights.