Since it’s a slow week with Ball State on the schedule and there isn’t a whole lot to really get upset about, here’s a little bit to get everyone’ juices flowing today. Yesterday Tim Tebow said on ESPN’s First Take that he thinks Notre Dame is “a little over rated”.
Here’s the clip that Tebow was kind enough to post to Twitter with the full text below.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 7, 2018
“I’ve got to be honest, last week I was kind of shocked. I expected more from Michigan. I expected more from Shea Patterson. I expected more from their offense. Honestly, I thought it was kind of pathetic. I thought their effort was. All of their recruiting, their talent, and that’s the way you showed up against Notre Dame, who I also think is a little bit overrated?
Okay, so that was all fun and all hearing Tebow call Michigan pathetic, but then he had to throw in that little bit about Notre Dame being overrated. He could have just given the Irish defense a little credit for a dominant performance, but he didn’t.
Maybe Timmy’s feelings are just hurt because he picked Michigan last week and then Notre Dame showed him how wrong he and all of the other analysts were about Michigan. Or maybe, Tebow just doesn’t want to admit that maybe the Notre Dame defense is just that good.
Last week Tebow said “When’s the last time you could trust Notre Dame?” before picking Michigan. To be honest, that is fair. Until Notre Dame wins a major bowl game or makes it through a season without a Miami 2017 type loss, they will have to fight through that perception. Last week’s win over Michigan should help to change that narrative, but to completely change it Notre Dame is going to need to win more big games this year – starting with Stanford on September 28.
The lack of respect for Notre Dame and feeding the narrative of Michigan losing more than Notre Dame winning should only help the Irish keep an edge to them over the next few weeks as they face the weakest stretch of their 2018 schedule between now and that showdown with the Cardinal.
The Notre Dame defense didn’t get much respect heading into the season. No one talked about them as one of the best defenses in the country, but last week showed us that they very well may be. Much like 2012, the defense and the team in general, is going to have to put together more performances like last week before the national pundits really take notice.
Notre Dame has a chance today to show they have an elite defense by shutting down Ball State and not letting this one be close. Nothing they do against Ball State – even if they shut them out – will change the narrative this week, but if Notre Dame wants to be a real playoff contender they need to dominate teams like this and not let them hang around.