Found September 23, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
For years, I have criticized the University of Notre Dame for years of mediocrity. All I have been hearing for the last few years is how good Notre Dame is. Year after year has been disappointment after disappointment, and I was the main one saying Lou Holtz is not coming through that door anytime soon. It's time to stop looking at the name and start looking at the product that is on the field, which frankly wasn't that good. This season, it appears the Fighting Irish are determined to prove they are worthy of getting all of that hype. The Irish are 4-0 after a 13-6 victory on over hated rival Michigan 13-6 on Saturday night, a victory that will most likely have the Irish in the Top 10 for the first time in quite a while, at least from what I can remember. From the eye test, it looks like a different team, a team that has mental toughness and, for once, a good defense. In their last two games, against Michigan State and Michigan, the Irish haven't even given up a touchdown. They completely shut down two Heisman trophy candidates in Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell and Michigan's Denard Robinson. Robinson committed 5 turnovers (4 interceptions) last night. Robinson has killed the Irish in the last two years, obtaining 948 total yards in the last two games against Notre Dame. This year's Irish defense looks more aggressive, athletic, and most importantly, disciplined. They made a huge commitment not to let Robinson beat them with his legs, forcing him to beat them with his arm. Throwing the football is not Robinson's strongest aspect of his game, and it definitely showed. Robinson continuously forced throws into double coverage and had difficultly reading defenses. Give the Irish credit for exploiting those weakness. The only question about the Irish is can they get enough points from their offense to make a legit run at the national championship?? That's ironic, seeing how it's normally Notre Dame's defense we have questions about. At any rate, I'm not quite ready to buy Notre Dame as a legit championship contender just yet, but I must say I am a little bit impressed with how Notre Dame has played in the month of September. They look like a different team, a more physical team that looks mentally tough. There are still some tough opponents left on Notre Dame's schedule, such as Miami (FL), Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC, but it appears the Irish are trying to capture some of that magic that we haven't seen since the early 1990s. Only time will tell if the Irish will be heard from later on in the year, but I figured it was about time I show Notre Dame some love after criticizing them for so long. By Charles Taylor
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