Notre Dame is back on top of the college football world. After completing an undefeated season and silencing many critics, the Irish are getting a shot at winning the national title. The last time the Irish were undefeated was in 1988 and this will be their first appearance in the BCS National Championship game. The first game was held in 1999.
It took head coach Brian Kelly less than two season to return this once-storied program back to the top. Despite not having the most talent in the country, the Irish play smart football. Led by Heisman Candidate Manti Te’o at linebacker, the Irish defense is one of the most dominant in the land. While the Irish still don’t have a real identify on offense, their defense is what got them to this point.
It hasn’t been the prettiest of seasons for the Irish. Despite an undefeated record, they’ve had some close games against Stanford and Pitt. The luck of the Irish really shined when Pitt missed an easy field goal in overtime that would have handed the Irish their first and only lose of the season. However, the Irish prevailed.
The Irish will play the winner of the Alabama and Georgia game from the SEC Championship. Even if Notre Dame falls in the Orange Bowl on January 7th, it has been an amazing turnaround for this program. Not even the most devout of Irish fans could have seen this coming. But, as the saying goes, they’ve had the luck of the Irish. And may, just maybe, lady luck will shine her face on this program one more time.