Notre Dame “Relevant” Once Again
On November 13, 1993, the Seminoles of Florida State with their #1 ranking would travel to South Bend to take on The 2nd ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. It was described as the game of the century and it lived up to its billing. The Irish would win 31-24 propelling them to #1, but that would only last a week, the Irish were upset by Boston College on a last second field goal by the rival Eagles. That was the last time Notre Dame was ranked #1. The last time Notre Dame was called “relevant”. The last time until now.
It is nearly 2 decades since the Irish have been “relevant”, and nearly a quarter of a century since they last won the National Championship (1988). The funny thing is I was 3 in 1988 and 7 in 1993 and I remember my dad cheering in 88. I remember cheering in 93. I remember where I was and what happened during that game, and the disappointment a week later. I have been a Notre Dame fan all my life, and after the Lou Holtz era at Notre Dame it was rough being an Irish fan. I do not believe in bandwagoning. You have a team and you stick with them through good times and through bad. At last it is good times again as the Irish are a win away from playing for the National Championship.
Notre Dame is once again the number one team in the country for the first time in the BCS era. All that stands between then and a trip to Miami are the hated Trojans from Southern California (USC). On Saturday Notre Dame will travel to the Los Angeles Coliseum to battle USC. The Trojans are having a down year, but this is the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. This Saturday will mark the 84th meeting between the two teams, and no matchup has had more National Championship implications than the Notre Dame, USC rivalry. This one is no different. USC has nothing left to play for except to ruin the season of the Fighting Irish. That would make the USC down season a success.
The question is, does Notre Dame deserve their number 1 ranking? I realize I am biased, but looking at it from a neutral point of view the answer is still yes. I realize there are a lot of Notre Dame haters out there, but why? Because they are Notre Dame and do not have to play in a conference? Maybe because they have a national broadcast contract with NBC? Thats all fine, but the Irish still deserve their top ranking. People liked Oregon because they won by huge margins and Notre Dame won by a few points over some bad teams. Well Oregon had not played anybody and then Stanford showed up and beat them. The Irish find ways to win and have won by big margins and by small. To be honest some of the teams on Notre Dames schedule had down years, but they still beat more ranked opponents than any other team in college football. Including the same Stanford team that beat Oregon. They say defense wins championships, Notre Dame has the best defense in the country. Sure they deserve their ranking. They may not play in a conference, but they still play arguably the toughest schedule in the country. The computers like Notre Dames schedule why does nobody else?
Regardless of whether you are a Notre Dame fan or not it is clear that college football draws more interest when The Irish are relevant. For the fans it has been a long time since we have been able to be this excited about this rivalry game on Saturday. The echoes have awakened in South Bend. Irish fans can once again send a volley cheer for history’s team, Notre Dame.
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