The sky has started falling in South Bend, where Notre Dame dropped its second game of the season—and delivered its fifth-straight underwhelming performance—in a 14-point home loss to Oklahoma.
One year after making the BCS National Championship game, the Irish thought they would be able to repeat last year's defensive output and, if not enjoy the same success, at least be a Top 20 team.
Hope is not lost for a finish of that sort, and the season could still be turned around. The talent is definitely there for this team to excel.
But if things continue this direction, it might be time to start working the young guys into more meaningful spots. If this season can't produce a BCS berth, giving reps to some blue-chip freshmen might help produce one in the future.
It's not time to wave the white flag on 2013, but if things continue to look this bad, the next few years would have to be considered.