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Fall brings with it many wonderful things. A change of seasons. The wind blows colder, the leaves turn color and fall from the trees, crops are harvested, hunters return to the fields and football is played to the delight of players and fans alike.
All is as it should be, everything normal. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have returned to compete for a national championship! Several weeks ago, I was wondering as I held my breath, if the Irish were reawakening the echoes of the past.
It certainly looks that way, after handling Oklahoma 30 to13 in Norman. The Irish proved that they are now legitimate contenders for a national championship. The road hasn’t been easy. They have beaten Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford and now Oklahoma to add to their list of marquee wins this season.
Notre Dame is third in the BCS standings. The defense can put fear and respect into every opponent they play. They have allowed only one rushing touchdown this season. The offense sustains drives that put points on the board.
Brian Kelly is in his third year as the head coach. This season is his to either turn the corner with the program and keep company with the likes of Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, and Lou Holtz, or join the list of also rans like Bob Davie, Gerry Faust, and Charlie Weis.
There is still a ton of football to be played. The Irish have Pitt, Boston College, Wake Forest and wrap up the season November 24th in Los Angeles against USC.
Notre Dame started 8-0 in 2002 and finished 9-3. They have to run the table and finish 12-0 to force a possible BCS showdown with #1 Alabama. It’s a long way to go, but it’s sure been fun to watch. And so far, it’s sure looking good!