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Divine season can continue for the Irish

October 25, 2012

SOUTH BEND — The idea that this Notre Dame season is otherworldly is a bit absurd to me.
I don’t think this season is touched by God because Notre Dame is a Catholic University.
But I do believe sometimes in sports, a team can get going, and despite logic or stats, can do remarkable things.
This year’s Fighting Irish are that sort of team.
Let’s start with the cold hard facts (not brought to you by any beer company).
Notre Dame is second in the country in fewest points allowed at 9.4 points per game.
The Irish are tied for ninth in sacks and 24th in interceptions.
They haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown all season.
Last week’s two passing TDs for Brigham Young were an anomaly.
Manti Te’o will not win the Heisman, but he should be one of the few that is invited to New York.
I admit the offense continues to struggle.
But with the three-headed monster of Cierre Wood, Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III, the team is up to 34th in the country in rushing.
Starting off the week, Oklahoma opened as an 8.5-point favorite at home against the Irish.
That’s fair.
I watched Oklahoma play Kansas last week. And they looked good. And they looked fast. And they looked nasty on defense.
Watching Chuckles Weis struggle on a sideline for another team was a joyous occasion.
Teams don’t go into Norman, Okla., especially on a Saturday night, and beat Boomer Sooner.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 79-4 at home. That’s astonishing.
But two of those losses have come in the past two years.
What was once unthinkable is now a reality.
While Notre Dame hasn’t wowed people with an electric offense, the fact remains the team is 7-0.
The only time the team has gotten into any trouble is through self-inflicted harm.
Whether it be turnovers, penalties or wasted timeouts, Notre Dame has been its own toughest opponent this year.
So I got some keys to the game this weekend.
And if the Irish hit them I guarantee a win:

• Win the turnover battle.
• Have less penalties.
• Run for at least 150 yards.
• Get just one big play out of Everett Golson.
These may be easier said than done, but if Notre Dame does these four things, they will leave Norman with a win and hopes of a BCS Championship intact.

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