Why Notre Dame Haters Need to Take a Step Back; Irish Are Legit

Randy ChambersAnalyst INovember 28, 2012

Oct. 20, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; The Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrate after defeating the BYU Cougars 17-14 at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

We have all been guilty of not giving Notre Dame much credit this year. It simply comes with the territory when discussing this team because we have been let down so many times over the years. If you are not an Irish fan that bleeds 24 carat gold, there is a good chance you have been a little skeptical about this year’s team.

Enough already, Notre Dame is absolutely legit.

What excuses are you going to use that haven’t already been said?

Notre Dame hasn't beaten anybody.

Well, the Irish are undefeated at the moment, which is why the team is in the national championship. You can laugh at teams such as Michigan and Michigan State for falling off the radar, but both are teams that you had highly ranked before the season began. That really isn't the fault of the Irish that those teams couldn't live up to the expectations.

Also, Stanford is playing for the Pac-12 title and Oklahoma is looking to reach a BCS bowl.

It is not every day that a team runs the table in today's college football landscape, and for a team to do so that isn't in the MWC or Sun Belt, is pretty impressive. Even some of the best teams in college football end up slipping up at some point, just look at Oregon and Alabama this season.

Regardless if you believe the schedule was as difficult as we once thought, Notre Dame still took care of business, while other teams did not.

While you kept picking teams to knock off the Irish throughout the year, this team kept finding ways to win each and every game. Everybody has to tip the hat to that team out in South Bend for their overall team performance.

Notre Dame is all defense, but can't score on offense.

Well, boohoo. The last time that I checked, teams won national championships nowadays on the defensive side of the ball. It is why the SEC has been so dominant the last six years, and it is going to take a great defense to end that championship streak. Notre Dame has the sixth best defense in the country at the moment and is capable of being that team.

Who cares if the majority of the games are won on the defensive side of the ball and the offense is painful to watch at times? The object of the game is to win, and the Irish have gotten the job done every time.

If you want a statistic to prove that defense remains king in college football, seven of the Top 10 teams in the BCS rankings are currently in the Top 25 in total defense. Keep it moving, hater.

The offense is also improving as the weeks go by, racking up over 400 total yards in four of the last five games. The ground game has bumped its overall average up to five yards a carry and quarterback Everett Golson is improving each week. The young signal-caller has only thrown two interceptions in the last seven games played.

Oh, so Notre Dame is boring to watch? I'd rather have a team that finds a way to win and be boring, rather than be exciting and lose. Hi, West Virginia and USC!

The Irish have had hard times against unranked opponents.

I really can't say this enough; the object of the game is to win. It doesn't matter if it comes in a blowout fashion, a last-second Hail Mary, or needing a backup quarterback to step in and save the day. Winning is the only thing that matters in any sport and it is what the Irish have done all season long.

In addition, good teams always find ways to win the close contests no matter who the opponent is. Not every game is going to be a 30-point victory with backups playing the majority of the second half. Sometimes, you are going to have those grind-it-out type games and need a team that is disciplined and conditioned enough to pull it out.

Notre Dame has had more close games than it probably would have liked this season, but the good teams find ways to win. Maybe, just maybe, the Irish are a good football team.

The Irish have needed luck from the referees all season long.

There have been a few questionable calls throughout the year that have favored Notre Dame. However, I have always been a firm believer of not blaming the outcome of a game on just one play. There are 60 minutes in a football game and most of the time, well over 100 plays are going to take place.

Are we really going to say Notre Dame won a game because of one possible blown call?

If the opponent didn't wait until the final minutes to play football, it wouldn't have been in that situation to begin with. If the opponent didn't turn the ball over a couple of times, things may have been a little different. If the opponent, uh, I think you get the picture.

I have also heard a few times that it is better to be lucky than good.

Notre Dame couldn't hang with an SEC team.

Here we go again. You haters are running out of teams and conferences that Notre Dame can't beat. We will find out in a little over a month if the Irish will prove you wrong once again.

I just hate Notre Dame and want them to lose.

Maybe this has been the problem all along. If this happens to be the case, it sounds like it is a problem with you, not Notre Dame.