Welcome to the 7-0 and TOP 4 Bagpipe Monday on One Foot Down! Friends, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish survived a close call this past weekend with a 19-14 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Look... Pitt did Pitt things (which should totally be a hashtag) but rather than go down like Miami or Clemson to that Panther voodoo, the Irish overcame all the odds that the deepest depths of hell threw their way.
Outside of South Bend, all sorts of chaos went down. I won’t go over the details, because you should already know, but at the end of the day... everything that went down moved the Irish to #4 in the country and the Michigan Wolverines rose to #6.
Even before Michigan beat the Wisconsin Badgers, many were starting to say that the Skunkbears would beat Notre Dame on a neutral field now that they were “rolling.” More importantly, this “reason” seems to be reason enough that some could possibly rank Michigan over the Irish.
WHAT ALTERNATE UNIVERSE IS THIS?
Notre Dame beat Michigan STRAIGHT UP. The Irish defensive line controlled the game. You just can’t unsee that. Is Michigan better now? Yeah they probably are, but Notre Dame is better as well. Two of the most critical players to Notre Dame’s success this season and vital to the playoff run are Ian Book and Dexter Williams... BOTH OF WHOM DID NOT PLAY AGAINST MICHIGAN OR THE FOLLOWING TWO GAMES.
This is becoming a serious issue — at least in the polls that don’t matter. Could this be an issue with the college football playoff committee? Maybe?
Or maybe we are tilting at windmills.
Michigan has the one loss already (HELLO DEATH BLOW SOUTH BEND). If they lose again (like to the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes) all of this is meaningless. Only if the Skunkbears win out, and if Clemson wins out does this even become some type of issue (for people that don’t understand how head to head matchups work while one team has a better record).
It’s all so crazy THAT IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY.
Would you want to play Michigan in the playoffs?
This poll is closed
Never forget... Notre Dame beat Michigan. Perhaps this can only be settled IN the playoffs. After all... beating Michigan twice in one season would be almost as sweet as winning a national championship.
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ND vs PITT tailgate. My son Morgan let everyone know who we were pulling for on the pipes. #GOIRISH #PROUD pic.twitter.com/UXsFWK28Sq— Madmor Creations (@MadmorCreations) October 14, 2018