It went from being a cute little story to becoming a real possibility.
Notre Dame is now 8-0 on the season and a legitimate national championship title contender. Beginning the season as an unranked football team, the Irish are now ranked No. 3 in the latest BCS rankings.
The team is playing well on both sides of the ball and could go toe-to-toe with many of the top squads in the country. Regardless of whether you believe the schedule the program has played throughout the year has shown if this team is title worthy, you can't deny the way this team continues to find ways to win football games.
The only ranked team Notre Dame has left on the schedule is USC, but either in the national championship or other BCS bowl game, the Irish will be matched up with another quality football club.
Here are five programs in the current BCS Top 10 that Notre Dame could likely knock off if they were to meet in a bowl game at the end of the regular season.