It’s a new season for college football.
More big games, more hype, and another year of Notre Dame hype gone down the tubes. Only this time, it took all of one week to do so.
Despite out-gaining South Florida 508 to 248 yards, the Fighting Irish lost to the Bulls 23-20 at home. It was a bad loss, and only Notre Dame could do so in the ugliest fashion.
Only things couldn’t have started better for them. The Irish drove down the field on its opening drive. On third and goal from the 5-yard line, the running back lost the ball on the way to the end zone, only to have the defense go 95 yards the other way for a touchdown. It seemed like the wind was taken out of the Irish’s sails after that.
And boy did they unravel, and it started at the top. I thought that coach Brian Kelly’s head was going to explode after witnessing all five of his team’s turnovers. His players played scared thanks to his sideline tantrums.
The worst part about this loss was that the Irish was supposed to use a win over the Bulls to get some momentum going into the rest of the season – particularly the Michigan game next Saturday night. Something tells me the Irish will fall to 0-2 after the Michigan game.
Then comes the next few games: home against #17 Michigan State, at Pitt, at Purdue, then home against Air Force and USC. If Notre Dame loses to the Wolverines next week, it could be looking at 0-4 because I do not see Notre Dame winning over Michigan State and Pitt.
The more I’ve been watching the Irish the last few seasons, the more I think that college football has passed Notre Dame by…