Monday, October 15, 2012
Notre Dame Lands at #5 in the First BCS Poll
Wow! What a first half of the season it was! It started in Ireland and it featured three prime time games. Two were against Michigan rivals and the other renewed a rivalry with a trip to Chicago. It ended back in South Bend with a dogfight in rainy Notre Dame Stadium as the Irish defeated Stanford in overtime. Notre Dame still hasn't given up a touchdown in over a month. The offense is progressing into what it can be.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame keeps winning and climbing in the polls. As the BCS poll debuted on Sunday, The Fighting Irish ranked #5. The computers actually had them at #2. All the teams in the top five are undefeated.
Alabama is #1 to nobody's surprise. Florida was #2 which was a little surprising. However, that won't really affect anything because they will play each other in the SEC title game if they both keep winning. Therefore, one will lose.
Coming in at #3 was Oregon. That could be a potential problem for Notre Dame to overtake them if the Ducks win out. That could be hard though because they have a tough remaining schedule that starts this Thursday with 5-1 Arizona State. They will also play USC (possibly twice), Stanford, and in-state rival Oregon State. To be honest, if they win out against that schedule they deserve it.
Kansas State is #4. They still have to win tough road tests against West Virginia and TCU. They also still have to play Texas Tech. There are potential for losses there but Notre Dame might be able to pass them even if they don't lose.
Those are all things Notre Dame can't actually worry about though. They can't control them. All they can control is how they prepare and how they play each week. Now that the first step of bowl eligibility is accomplished, The Fighting Irish can now start positioning itself for a BCS run. The only way to accomplish it though is by continuing to go one game at a time. Next up is BYU who is another tough defensive team.