Notre Dame Football: Predictions for Fighting Irish's Remaining Games

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 28, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches along with his team as the Irish take on the Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Four games remaining. Four games is what it all comes down to. Four games and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could be playing in the national championship game. 

There is a lot that can happen with four games remaining, however. Anything can happen when you're talking about college kids, and that's just another reason why college football is great.

But let's predict what will happen with Notre Dame. Will the Irish run the table? Will they be upset? Will they fall at USC? 

Here is what I see happening in their next four games: 


Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh isn't very good. Plain and simple. They are not a good football team. Paul Chryst has had his hands full this season after the debacle in the past couple of years in Pittsburgh with its coaches.

The team was depleted, recruits gone; it was a disaster. Obviously he deserves all the time in the world, but the team isn't great right now. They are 4-4 but they might not win another game this season.

Notre Dame will steamroll Pittsburgh en route to a 9-0 record. 


Prediction: Notre Dame 34, Pittsburgh 13


Notre Dame at Boston College

Another poor team, another easy victory for the Fighting Irish. Boston College is 2-6 on the season, and despite being a better home team than road team, it is in for a blowout loss to Notre Dame.

The Eagles' defense allows 31.3 points per game, a statistic that is 94th in college football. Everett Golson and the Fighting Irish will have great success moving the football when these teams hook up. 

Prediction: Notre Dame 44, Boston College 10


Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

Are you beginning to see a theme here? Wake Forest isn't a good team. It is average at best. Notre Dame will have an easy time defeating the Demon Deacons at home.

Wake Forest is offensively challenged—92nd in the nation in passing and 112th in rushing. Its inability to move the ball will be worsened by the fact that Notre Dame's defense is stout, allowing 9.9 points per game which is second in the nation.

Prediction: Notre Dame 31, Wake Forest 7


Notre Dame at USC

This is the game everything will come down to. Notre Dame will breeze by Pittsburgh, Boston College and Wake Forest. USC is the game that should scare fans.

With all the pressure of a national championship, Notre Dame's season will come down to a trip to USC to play Matt Barkley and the Trojans.


USC has been overrated all season long, but there is no denying the weapons it has on offense. Barkley will be a great quarterback on the next level. Guys like Marqise Lee and Robert Woods will be playing in the NFL. 

Silas Redd is a stud at running back. The Trojans offense will put up points. 

Against Oklahoma, the Fighting Irish's pass defense was gashed early by Landry Jones and the Oklahoma offense. Jones finished with 356 yards, but the offense struggled to put points on the board when given the opportunity.

Barkley and USC will be able to score often, but I love the character of Notre Dame. The Irish went into Norman and played their best game of the season against a Top 10 team in front of record crowds. 

They will go into another hostile stadium and achieve the same result. It's going to be a wild finish that could go either way, but I see Notre Dame coming out on top. 

Prediction: Notre Dame 31, USC 28