This weeks Hangover after Notre Dame's 38-0 victory over Wake Forest, and the rise to Number One in the BCS rankings after a perfect Saturday night- it's a little sweet. So sweet, in fact, that the hangover will be very brief.
I think we all just want to move on and focus on burning Troy right down to the fucking ground. Am I right?
Right. So lets wrap this up...
The Top 5
1. Carlo Calabrese. Carlo played one hell of a senior day and led the team in tackles. He also had a vicious hit on a Josh Harris that caused a fumble. Te'o gets a ton of love, and rightfully so, but Calabrese & Fox have been almost equally as dominant on the other side.
2. Cierre Wood. I wasn't the only one to call it, but I did say Wood would get 10-12 carries and over a hundred yards with a couple of scores. As it turned out, Cierre tallied 11 carries for 150 yards- but only one TD. WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU CIERRE???!!!! Seriously though, that was a great day for another great senior.
3. Brian Kelly. I don't think I ever give Kelly enough credit for what has happened this season. After 11 games, the Irish are undefeated and #1 in the country. There's a reason for all of that... Brian Kelly. His coaching, direction, and propaganda like messages to this team have kept the Irish moving forward and are now in striking distance of Notre Dame's 12th National Title & the first in over 20 years. There just might be something to that 3rd year after all.
4. Tyler Eifert. Eifert has been a rock on this offense all season long- even when asked to do a lot more blocking than route running. Despite that, Tyler had a big game with 6 receptions and a touchdown. Those receptions gave Eifert 130 for his career and broke an over 30 year record held by Ken MacAfee.
5. Everett Golson. Golson competed 66% of his passes to 8 different receivers for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns were real beauties; a 50 harder to John Goodman & a 34 yards to TJ Jones. It was Golson's finest day as a passer at Notre Dame and a foretaste of the feast to come.
This is a massive multitudinous headbutt going out to all the seniors & fifth year seniors. Thank you for bringing Notre Dame football back. Thank you for staying the course and believing that something great can come from hard work and doing things the right way. Thank you.
Swift Kick To The Nuts
This is another massive multitudinous event. This goes out to all the motherfucking bastard haters out there. Notre Dame is undefeated and ranked number ONE, yet many, many assholes continue to try and blast this team. Here's the kick to your nuts and a thank-you to go with it. Keep feeding these Irish players the motivation to keep winning- JUST AS THEY HAVE DONE IN EVERY SINGLE GAME THIS YEAR.
I don't have much to offer other than this fine image from Jeff Peters AKA Rocketsan on Domer Domain. LEEEEHHHHHGGGGGGOOOOOO!!!!!!
When SubwayDomer asked me to do this gig and gave me the SB Nation poll keys, I did have an unusual impulse, a premonition if you will. Staring at the blank first ballot, I had the completely irrational urge to vote Notre Dame number 1. I thought they were better than 24 or unranked or wherever the pre-season consensus had them at the time. But I clearly thought, "That would be ridiculous" and I didn't want to bring down needless hate on the blog. Then I thought hard about putting them at about ten, because I thought they really probably were a top ten team, but I didn't do that either. I ended up putting them at 20. I truly thought they were better than that, but I didn't want to "jinx" anything. I didn't want to look like a "homer." And I told myself, 20 was higher than almost all bloggers and official polls and certainly not unreasonable. What a joke. By week three I had them at #11 and by week 6 I had the Irish at #4. Each of these times I was ahead of the other pollsters, but looking back I sure wish I had more faith in this team. I should have said "Fuck it. Let's win the SB Nation Coulter/Kos Bias award every week!" At the very least it would have driven clicks, right?
But now, there is no more doubting this squad, even for a beleagured fanbase conditioned to wait for the other shoe to drop. They have faced down every challenge and deserve the number 1 ranking they have earned. The rest of the ballot saw a lot of movement as well based on an epically crazy Saturday, but all I really care about at this moment is defending that #1 ranking. Go Irish! Beat Trojans!
Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 in dominating fashion on Senior Day. I could sit here and talk about the game or I can just fast forward a bit to this...
I'll send you a fruitcake Baylor twitter.com/TheSubwayDomer…— The Subway Domer (@TheSubwayDomer) November 18, 2012
Baylor did what it was supposed to do (well what we thought Texas might do anyway)and absolutely crushed Kansas State.
Then, we all patiently waited for Stanford to quit fumbling the ball, which they never seemed to do- but the game did end up in overtime. Oregon missed its field goal and Stanford made theirs.BOOM!
Notre Dame is #1— The Subway Domer (@TheSubwayDomer) November 18, 2012
And there you have it. ALL THE CELEBRATION ARE BELONG TO US!!!
The Fighting Irish will be #1 in ALL the polls, and have just one last game against Southern Cal next week to end the season perfect and send Notre Dame to the BCS Championship game.
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#3 Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0
The 2012 Notre Dame Football team has made us all witnesses to real change. They showed us how to alter perception in the face of doubt. They showed non-believers how to win on the road against Top 10 teams. They showed the loyal faithful that they can bounce back better from in-game adversity better than their fans. Brian Kelly's third edition had silenced the critics one by one until many of the most prominent media pundits took a deep breath and declared Notre Dame "pretty damn good."
On Saturday November 17, 2012, the Fighting Irish upped the ante and put on a clinic of how to properly honor deserving outgoing seniors from pre-game through quarter number four. After all the generous gifts this band of brothers have provided their oft-negative faithful, they do us another solid in their home finale by obliterating Wake Forest and letting fans in attendance or in their cozy living rooms a chance to stand up and clap off men who have altered an entire program's trajectory. Thank you seniors. Thank YOU.
From a game perspective, it was a revelation of confidence and dominance. Many (yours truly included) genuinely believed that by naming Everett Golson the starting quarterback in August that the offense would be a more dynamic threat for an interesting stretch run toward #1 USC and their unstoppable offense. Golson tossed for over 300 yards before halftime en route to his finest day in the uniform. Not coincidentally, Cierre Wood used limited opportunities, only 11 rushing attempts, to showcase that #1 Running Back skill we've so often been privileged too. The offense was senior heavy to the crowd's massive approval as John Goodman, Theo Riddick, Robby Toma and four senior offensive linemen racked up yards and points at will up until halftime. To Brian Kelly's credit, Notre Dame could have gone for the 50+ point jugular but opted for a less glamorous end-game chance to play everybody on the roster. Well done.
For the defense and their #1 Scoring Title - Alabama took the easy road by shutting out FCS Morgan Southern Tech A&M State while the Irish kept the scoreboard clean against a Wake offense that has actually scored points on major college football programs. No asterisk for Bama but who cares - you can have stay behind the Irish in both of the rankings you so crave.
BEAT USC WEEK BEGINS!! For this Southern California native, I will relish every moment of Notre Dame's march to send the Trojans and their preseason hellahype into their own offseason of uncertainty.