At the risk of putting the Baha Men in your head, it’s the topic du jour on the Interwebs. And never let it be said I shied away from a topic.
Notre Dame’s 30-27 win over Southern Cal in the latest edition of the greatest inter-sectional rivaly in all of college football has put the Fighting Irish on pace for another double-digit win season, potentially their third in a row. If Notre Dame gets past the Skunkbears two Saturdays from now, they’ll likely be favored in all of their remaining games and would be a virtual lock for an Orange or Cotton Bowl bid … games in which they probably also would be favored, which would get the lack-of-a-major-bowl-win monkey off their backs.
This puts Notre Dame at an atmospheric level they’ve not seen in a while. Per a tweet from an Athletic writer, the Irish are 26-4 in their last 30 games, which they haven’t done since the 1992-93 season. This prompted Nick Shepkowski over at the Fighting Irish Wire to point out this was the best stretch of ND football he’s ever seen in his life.
And it got me to thinking about a couple things (in case you were wondering what that smell was).
First off, the record citation is objectively correct. Whatever way you slice it, 26-4 in the wake of the 4-8 debacle of 2016 is a hell of a turnaround, and certainly represents a post-Holtz high water mark. Granted, a couple of those four losses were quite catastrophic, and Holtz’s 1992-94 squads that went 26-3-1 played seven of those games against top 10 teams and won five of them. But having said that, this qualifies as the best since then.
Second, Nick’s perception also is correct in that this is all he’s seen. For someone born as he was in 1986 who entered their ND formative years as Holtz was being shown the door, this is awesome, and I certainly can’t blame them for thinking so. I’ve certainly been enjoying the hell out of it, because it certainly makes running the boards here a lot easier.
I’m not exactly known for my patience with people who I feel have been premature in designating a new high water mark for ND football. But different perspectives inform different opinions, and maybe I need to do a better job of remembering not everyone in the Notre Dame electronic world has been fortunate enough to see some of the things I’ve seen. Regardless of opinions about Brian Kelly the coach, the last three seasons are setting the bar a lot closer to the appropriate level than it’s been set in a while, and that’s something we all can appreciate while still expecting continued improvement on that front.
Oh what the hell.
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