After the big night comes the hangover, the time to relish a program-defining victory and bask in the ease of three relative cupcakes. Except Notre Dame's hardest work may just be beginning. Getting up for night games in East Lansing, Mich., and Norman, Okla.? Easier than bringing the same punch to Pitt, Boston College and Wake Forest — the trio with a combined 10-14 record that the Irish must pulverize in making their BCS title-game case. Notre Dame can likely sleepwalk to an 11-0 mark at this point before its regular-season finale at USC. But with the No. 3 team in the BCS standings holding off No. 4 by 0.0011 in overall average -- and with Nos. 1 and 2 holding realistic shots of running the table -- complete performances like the one the Irish displayed Saturday night become all the more necessary.
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