Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Teddy Mitrosilis  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Maybe it's because his final game wasn't nearly his finest moment, or because he's been injured and a bit out of touch since, or because we all just grew achy upon hearing his name. Maybe it's something else. Whatever it is, Manti Te'o feels so far removed from Notre Dame, and Notre Dame feels so far removed the Great Resurgence of 2012. Only eight months have passed since Alabama beat Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS title game, since the Irish completed a season that meant more than any other to rural Indiana in two decades. It was just the other day, really, that Te'o flew around Notre Dame's defense and Brian Kelly began to deliver the sort of success that South Bend's been waiting for since Lou. And still, it feels like the program has shifted a considerable distance in that time, far more than any other "elite" program from a season ago. Notre Dame ended last season ranked No. 4 in the AP poll, opened 2013 at No. 14 and now sits at No. 22 heading into its biggest game since 'Bam...
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