Last weekend effectively marked the end of Notre Dame’s season. Coming into the weekend ranked number three and making a strong case for a playoff spot, the Irish were trounced by seventh-ranked Miami 41-8. It was a humiliating result at the hands of one of its biggest rivals, and undercuts any national championship aspirations the team once harbored.
Dissecting the result on “Mike and Mike” on Monday, Notre Dame alum Mike Golic gave his frank assessment about the problems with his Alma Mater. They aren’t new — on the contrary. For Irish fans, they’re all too familiar.
“You have to say it Greeny. Notre Dame just can’t win that big game. That monster game; from that title game [in 2012], the Fiesta Bowl [in 2015] against Ohio State was a monster game, this was a huge game that can keep you on the road to where you need to be, and Notre Dame has just struggled to win those games. It’s right there on the scoreboard. And losing those games, big, that’s the issue. It be one thing if it was a last-second field goal and you could say, ‘man, we were right there,’ but it wasn’t. It wasn’t. And that’s a tough pill to swallow for Notre Dame.”
It’s a really good point from Golic, and an indisputable one, too.
Since losing the BCS Championship game in 2012, Notre Dame has gone a lackluster 7-12 against ranked teams en route to an underwhelming 39-22 record. Its loss to Miami consigns to 2017 to the pit of mediocrity, leaving Irish fans with the kind of facing the same problem once again, with little in the way of answers.
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