Notre Dame has now struggled against two teams that should have easily handled before halftime. This is a sign that the Fighting Irish could be overrated.
Notre Dame is looking like a very overrated team right now. That sentence will surely rile up Fighting Irish fans, but you know what? The truth isn’t always the easiest pill to swallow.
Their last two games involved two teams they should have easily handled by halftime, but instead, found themselves in a dogfight at home down to the final possession just to avoid what could have been, the most embarrassing losses by a Top 10 team this season.
First was Ball State, a team that doesn’t really deserve to be on the same field with the Fighting Irish, let alone nearly wasted a 24-6 lead in the fourth quarter to the Cardinals. But, that’s exactly what they did, and we gave them a pass for it, suggesting it was a natural hangover effect after beating Michigan in the opener.
Then, came Vanderbilt.
After building a 16-0 lead, the Irish nearly squandered it as the Commodores nearly fought all the way back, closing to within six points going into the fourth quarter. A Nic Welshair touchdown catch was needed to seal the victory, but Notre Dame nearly blew another lead to an inferior opponent raised the specter that this team is overrated, again.
Great teams don’t let the Ball States and Vanderbilts of the college football world hang around. They stomp on their necks early and never let up. Notre Dame, on the other hand, has the tendency to look past games like these, and they could have easily been 1-2 instead of 3-0.
If the Fighting Irish are struggling against those teams, what makes you think that they’re a safe bet against Stanford and Virginia Tech in two and three weeks, respectively?
Could they prove me wrong? Of course. They have the talent to compete with most in college football. But thanks to their struggles against lesser teams, Notre Dame looks overrated, and they have a way to go to prove otherwise.