Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/20/12
 What a wild, wild week for Notre Dame football, and for the BCS overall. Irish fans, starving for a potential National Championship game berth, knew that not only did the Irish have to take care of business against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday, but also needed some help from Kansas State or Oregon. Unexpectedly, they got help from both. But first things first: The Wake Forest game. Things could not have gone better for Notre Dame in this game. It started off with a Cierre Wood 68 yard touchdown run, and ended in a 38-0 beat down in which the Irish were never truly threatened. That’s right: 38-0. The EXACT score I predicted in my preview post. Check it out if you don’t believe (http://wp.me/prUUN-NZ5). The Irish offense looked the best they have since the season opener, and it was by far their best showing at home. Quarterback Everett Golson was on absolute fire, throwing for 346 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He played so well and the lead got so massive in the third quarter that head coach Brian Kelly decided to rest his young QB and allow senior Tommy Rees to play some on Senior Day. The run game also clicked exceptionally well. In addition to Wood’s 68 yard score, he carried the ball an additional 10 times for a total of 150 yards. The Irish as a team were able to amass 221 yards on the ground against the terrible Wake defense. The Domer Defense also dominated, limiting the Deacons to 209 total yards of offense the entire game. Things were so well in hand that, after George Atkinson’s 9 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter, head coach Brian Kelly began pulling his starters. The Irish didn’t score any more points, but they didn’t need to, and they still kept Wake Forest off the scoreboard. If nothing else, this would have been a perfect way to end Senior Night for Manti Te’o, Tyler Eifert, and the rest of the Notre Dame seniors. Then the Kansas State-Baylor and Oregon-Stanford games kicked off. In what is undoubtedly the biggest upset of the night and probably the entire season, Kansas State got rocked by Baylor, unable to recover from an early 21-7 deficit and 3 Optimus Klein interceptions, eventually falling 52-24. That alone was enough to bump the Irish into one of the top 2 spots in the BCS, and the Oregon-Stanford game hadn’t been decided just yet. Stanford had held the high scoring Duck’s offense to 14 points and took the game into overtime. Oregon missed its field goal attempt on the first overtime possession, but it looked like the Ducks might have a chance to win the game when Cardinal freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan fumbled the ball in overtime on a 2nd and 8 run. Stanford miraculously recovered the ball, and two plays later kicked Oregon out of the National Championship picture with a 17-14 victory. Those two stunning development means the Irish are now officially #1 in both human polls for the first time since 1993 (yours truly was 10 years old at the time), and #1 in the BCS standings for the first time in the BCS era. Irish fans should be excited, but need to curb that enthusiasm a little bit as their team still needs to get past a struggling USC team (now without their star quarterback, who suffered an injury late in their game against UCLA) who has absolutely nothing to lose. Do that, and the Irish will have a shot at their first championship since that 1988. Follow me on Twitter @expertfan1
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Mexico in talks with Marcelo Bielsa for coaching job

Brady: Never thought about air pressure until refs inflated to 16 PSI

Report suggests C.J. Wilson’s teammates not happy he’s seeking season ending surgery

Clowney’s father arrested for attempted murder outside club

Report: L.A.-area venues wary of temporarily hosting NFL teams

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jimmy Graham to block for Marshawn 75 percent of time

Kobe Bryant not sure if 2015-16 is his final NBA season

Report: Arian Foster could be headed to injured reserve

Ari Fleischer: Belichick 'can get away with' shutting down media

RG3 on team's expectatons: Not asking me to be Superman

Bills' Kromer issues statement without apology

Penn State modernizes with new shield logo

UT preview: Why the Volunteers can win the national title

WATCH: Michael Jordan embarrassed by camper over his shoes

Ray Rice: 'I can understand why some people will never forgive me'

Rod Marinelli: “Fortunate” to go through 0-16 season with Lions

WATCH: Jimmy Rollins gets big ovation in return to Philly

2015 Premier League preview: Avoiding relegation

NHL and MLB Advanced Media announce $1.2 billion deal

Knicks analyst Walt Frazier isn’t very enthused about team’s chances next season

Dave Dombrowski is out as Tigers GM

Bubba Watson’s caddie: Bubba has a ‘fear of crowds’

Melvin Gordon’s mom won’t wear his jersey this year

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 Premier League preview: Avoiding relegation

Kris Bryant on changing to feet-first slide: ‘I only have one head’

MLB season in NY better than expected

Adrian Beltre gets mad when assaulted after HR

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker