Notre Dame Football: Why the Irish Still Haven't Proved They're 'Back'

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Notre Dame Football: Why the Irish Still Haven't Proved They're 'Back'
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After a 4-0 start, Notre Dame is officially back! The Irish are national championship contenders and the sun is shining once again in South Bend. Everything is wonderful with college football because Notre Dame is back in the spotlight and should be considered one of the premier teams to beat moving forward.

Those are just some of the things you may hear during the week, as everybody has been waiting for a great start under head coach Brian Kelly. Many didn't expect much of this Irish team in 2012 because of the brutal schedule, but after four straight victories, the program is now a Top 10 team and making a strong early case for a BCS bowl.

And while the Irish are playing terrific football, we are still only the first month into the college football season. Everybody needs to take a deep breath and relax for a minute.

Here are five reasons why Notre Dame still has a ways to go before we can consider them a true national championship contender the rest of the way.

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