To say that Notre Dame fans across the country are disgusted, embarrassed, disappointed, angry, ticked off, agitated and/or sickened would cover approximately 80% of the emotional spectrum. For the other 20%, insert some expletives in front of those adjectives and we’ll have everyone covered. On the morning after ND’s 24-23 defeat to the lowly Syracuse Orange, one thing I cannot say is that I’m surprised. We’ve seen this same script time after time this season and last season. The Irish struggle to mount a double digit lead in the 4th quarter to an opponent with a mere fraction of their talent base … and then they just quit playing hard … or with inspiration … or with character … or with intensity … or whatever essential ingredient this team most certainly lacks. I’m not surprised … I knew they would eventually cough up this game as they ALWAYS do. And again, we’re left wondering how this team … how this coaching staff … can be so incompetent … so uninspired … when all other teams under the same circumstances would be busting their butts to win the last home game, to clinch a winning season, to clinch a decent bowl game, to keep some positive momentum going. Nope, these types of things one might expect from a college football team playing under the Golden Dome do not exist in any detectable quantities in South Bend. Other than admitting that ND’s come-from-ahead defeat, again at home, to a sinking Syracuse team everyone thought should be beaten by at least 3 touchdowns is about the most humiliating event a ND fan could imagine, I really just don’t know what else to say. I guess it’s pretty obvious that something very drastic must change under the Dome. Why can’t Weis and his staff inspire these kids to play hard and smart for 60 minutes?!?!? This staff has simply lost the players. And I’m too disgusted to be very prescriptive about it … would just prefer not to even think about ND football right now. Let’s just leave it up to the new AD, Mr. Swarbrick, to figure out what’s wrong and fix it … that’s his job. Now, if they want to hire ol’ Wally as a consultant, I think I can make myself available … for a slight fee … just enough to offset money wasted on ND tickets these last few seasons :)
Now, on a positive note, how about the nice season by the Northwestern Wildcats? (I used to call them the Northworsten Mildcats … but no more!) The ‘Cats just beat their “close-to-home” rival Fighting Illini to finish 4th in the Big 10 with an overall record of 9-3. Pretty damned good for one of those “premier academic institutions”. Maybe ND should try to recruit NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald away from Evanston, just like they did with Ara Parseghian back in the early ’60s.
Boise State remained undefeated with a hard fought road win at Nevada and they are now 10-0. However, still undefeated Utah beat BYU convincingly and is better perched in the BCS standings to claim a spot in one of the “big games”.
Nice to see Michigan get crushed again to worsen their worst season ever. Speaking of getting crushed, how did Texas Tech give up 42 points in the first half to Oklahoma and just not show up for their day in the sun? What a disappointment that was, as I’m sure college football fans everywhere were hoping to see a true showdown in the primetime game of the day.
Looks like Oregon State may just as well nudge USC away from the Rose Bowl. The Beavers just need to beat the Ducks next week in Corvaillis.
Well, the BCS rankings will be released in a few hours. I expect we’ll see it set up so that the SEC champ (Bama or Florida) will end up playing the Big 12 champ (as long as it’s Oklahoma or Texas) in the title game. Can’t complain about this type of match-up, but I would like to see both Utah and Boise State get invites to one of the 5 big games.