Until Notre Dame proves it can beat one of the elite programs in college football on a grand stage, the overall assessment of Notre Dame will be that it is good, but not good enough. But this season appears to be up for grabs with plenty of surprises still to come. Can Notre Dame offer one more surprise?
Each week of college football should be seen as a chapter, and the season the full novel. The only thing is, you cannot script drama this good.
“Our guys need to come ready to play,” Dantonio said. “If there’s a message out of this press conference, that would be the message.”
Hoke dismissed concerns about the Big House not filling up for Saturday’s game against Miami (Ohio).
The final scheduled meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan was supposed to be what many recent games in the series have been: an instant classic.
The greatest challenge for Michigan and No. 16 Notre Dame on Saturday might be finding a fitting finale to an on-again, off-again rivalry that repeatedly has produced some finishes.
I admit it… I have been very critical of Michigan football for about 4 seasons now.
Simulating the size and mobility of Golson in practice has been a team effort for the Wolverines.
The Big Ten has been fighting a perception for the last few years that it has fallen a step behind the rest of the major college football world, and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was armed with a quick rebuttal when the question came up again Tuesday.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is sounding a bit this week like the prison warden in the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke,” who famously said: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”