It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t as easy as it should have been. But it was a win for #3 Notre Dame tonight as the Irish edged arch rival USC 24-17 to cap off a 12-0 regular season and all but clinch their spot in the College Football Playoffs. USC came out fired up while the Irish took about a quarter and a half to get going, but in the end, the Irish prevailed and end their regular season undefeated.
There is going to be a lot to unpack in this one, because Notre Dame didn’t particularly play well Saturday night in the Coliseum. They did, however, play well enough to win and right now that is all the matters. Ian Book was not sharp, but he came up with some huge runs and throws when they were needed most. The Irish defense was on skates for the first 10 minutes, but rebounded and kept the Trojans off the scoreboard for almost the entire final three quarters.
There will be plenty of material for the 5 things to like and probably even more for the 5 things I didn’t like columns this week, but for now enjoy these highlights and enjoy the one thing to love from tonight: Notre Dame is going to the College Football Playoffs (no matter what any talking head tries to peddle).
Also, for any Notre Dame fans disappointed the game was closer than we all expected, remember, Michigan gave up 62 points today and got embarrassed by a team that got blown out by Purdue. Things could be a lot worse.
Much more coming from us on Sunday.