Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/26/12
The North will indeed be represented in the BCS National Championship game, albeit by a program that in many circles in even more despised than any Southeastern Conference school could ever wish to be. After 24 long years the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are officially back, at least for now. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly gets showered with Irish-colored Gatorade after his team completed an undefeated regular season by beating USC. (Image credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill via OnlineAthens.com) Is Undefeated Notre Dame Really #1? The won-loss record does not lie. With the exception of ineligible Ohio State, Notre Dame finishes the regular season as the lone undefeated team in America. The question remains though, are the Domers really one of college football’s top two teams? Analyzing The Schedule Let’s start by looking at the strength of schedule and style points. The Irish opened by routing Navy, which serves as Notre Dame’s glorified FCS foe. Then in the Big Ten portion of the schedule,
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