By Mariya Lewter
College football is finally among us, and the fight for the BCS National Championship is set to begin. Of all the teams with chips on their shoulders this season, Notre Dame has the most to prove.
Being on the losing side of a championship game is obviously not ideal. However, when the loss is so bad that it causes people to question whether or not the losing team deserved to be playing in the game at all, that hurts.
The Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 last season, finishing with a 12-1 overall record. However, the team was demolished 42-14 by Alabama. In fact, the game was so mediocre that analysts and fans alike began to refer to the much more competitive SEC Championship between Alabama and Georgia as the real title game.
The loss and the reception of the game hurt the egos of Brian Kelly’s squad—as it should have—but that should no longer be a concern. The real story here is how the Irish plan to bounce back from the debacle.
The Irish, who are ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll, will open up their season at home against unranked Temple. All eyes will be on them because they no longer have a beautiful record or any Manti Te’o drama to hide behind. Yes this game may seem minor, but it’s so important for Notre Dame to enter every single game as if their season, title dreams, and reputation depend on them, because, well, they do.