Notre Dame put together its most complete offensive performance of the season in its 11th win Saturday against Wake Forest.
The Irish were doing everything right, finishing with a 38-0 win and 584 total yards of offense.
It was an impressive win for Notre Dame and could be a game that puts them firmly into the national title discussion. The biggest sway that the Irish need to happen is with the voters and this win may be enough to convince the human element to shift its vote.
Looking at the current BCS standings, four of six computers have the Irish ranked No. 1, while two others have them at No. 2. Notre Dame is the No. 1 team in the computers. A shutout win over Wake Forest shouldn’t change that.
Add a possible big win over USC next week to the fold and this Notre Dame team has a legitimate shot at gaining ground inside the BCS and earn a bid into the national title game.
It was great to see Everett Golson finally put it all together in the passing game.
Golson went 20-of-30 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. It was his most productive game at Notre Dame to date.
The Irish also had big games from Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III on the ground. Wood finished with 150 yards on only 11 carries in the game. Atkinson III added 34 yards and a touchdown.
T.J. Jones and Tyler Eifert had six catches and touchdowns a piece in the game, further helping the Irish offense finally find its stride.
No one believed that Notre Dame could muster an offensive attack that would be dangerous this year. The two quarterback system provided inconsistency and the running game has been very touch-and-go all season.
Against Wake Forest, everything came together and the offense performed at its highest level all season.
The Irish will need to have another big game next weekend against USC.
The Trojans are backsliding after losing their fourth game of the season to UCLA. Even though USC isn’t as strong of an opponent as was originally thought, the win will still gain a lot of national respect.
Both the Harris and USA Today Coaches’ Poll have Notre Dame as the No. 3 team in the country. If the Irish can find a way to change the minds of just one of those polling groups, the Irish will be in the national title game.
Notre Dame is still very much in the BCS discussion, and if they finish the season in Los Angeles in big-win fashion, they may finish the year in the BCS title game.