Notre Dame Football: Why Wake Forest Game Will Be a Senior Day to Remember

Hayden DeitrickFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2012

Manti Te'o will lead Notre Dame into their senior day on Saturday.
Manti Te'o will lead Notre Dame into their senior day on Saturday.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Notre Dame football will celebrate a very memorable Senior Day Saturday during their game against Wake Forest.

This game will be memorable for a variety of reasons.

First and foremost, Notre Dame will leave with a win and will be one game closer to a possible BCS title game.

Notre Dame boasts the best defense in the nation.  They only allow an average of 11.1 points per game.  This defense has been tested by such talented offenses as Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford and Oklahoma.

Wake Forest does not have an offense nearly potent enough to bother the Fighting Irish defense.  The Demon Deacons only score an average of 20.1 points per game, which ranks them just 108th in the nation.

Notre Dame fans will also remember this game as an emotional game for senior linebacker Manti Te’o.

Te’o has overcome incredible adversity this season.  After the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend, Te’o proved that he is a player with the utmost character.  He has become a leader and symbol of hope for the entire Notre Dame community.

Beyond his significant role as a leader for Notre Dame, the Hawaii native has also had a stellar season that have many calling him a candidate for the Heisman trophy.  As the anchor of Notre Dame’s incredible defense, Te’o has made 88 tackles and six interceptions this season. 

A player as talented and inspiring as Te’o will likely have an unforgettable Senior Day. 

Te’o put it best when he said, "Regardless of whether you win or lose, you can't miss the spirit that’s around, you can't miss it on Senior Day at Notre Dame.”

Notre Dame fans can also see this year’s Senior Day as a moment to reflect on what has been an amazing season for the previously-dismal Fighting Irish. 

Notre Dame had been irrelevant in the college football landscape over the past few seasons.  A combined record of 32-25 in the previous five seasons was not up to par with the mantle that is Notre Dame football.

Watching the Irish on Saturday will be exciting for Notre Dame fans because they will realize that Notre Dame has arrived.  They are relevant once more.