Irish, Wildcats tee off under the lights in Evanston

Oh baby. The Irish are 8-0. How about that? Everyone in South Bend should be tickled to death. It's felt like forever since the last National Championship and the Irish faithful are chomping at the bit. The College Football Playoff Committee dropped their first rankings installment, and instead of having the Irish at #3, the one loss LSU Tiger slip ahead and Notre Dame sits at #4. Ultimately, it does not matter. LSU plays Alabama this weekend, and it’s likely both the SEC and Big Ten will “take care of themselves.” If Notre Dame wins out, they are in. But they must win out. On that note, this weekend scares me. I am not sure if it’s due to Halloween being a few days ago, or what, but I’m scared of the Northwestern Wildcats. I am scared of coach Pat Fitzgerald. I am scared that Northwestern has not beaten Notre Dame in Evanston since 1962. It all scares me. The Wildcats stand atop the Big Ten West after handily beating the breaks off the Wisconsin Badgers. Although the Badgers have seem to fall from grace this year, Northwestern has been surging. Following losses to Duke and Akron, the Wildcats played the Michigan Wolverines to the final bell then have since gone on a roll beating the likes of Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Wisconsin. Coach Fitz may downplay the whole matchup this week, but you better believe he wants to play spoiler. Let’s be clear though, I am scared, but not terrified. Here is why. I like the Irish defense. I like them ALOT! I love the way the front four are playing, creating pressures and allowing the backside of the D to be productive. It’s been “bend but don’t break all year.” We need a repeat performance. Offensively, Ian Book has been tremendous. He’s the catalyst that has given the offense balance and consistency. It will be needed Saturday night under the lights. My confidence in the Irish won’t waiver this week, either, although I believe the game WILL be close. I take the Irish, again, 30-23, and the unbeaten streak continues. Go Irish!




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