Notre Dame Should Be Perfect Again

Michael McCormickContributor IMay 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks out with teammates Robert Hughes #33 and Sergio Brown #31 before the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Fighting Irish 38-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

That is correct. You have heard it again. Notre Dame should "run the table" in the regular season next year. I am sad to say that it is not because they are that much better, but that their schedule is that much easier.

Michigan and the hated Unrepentant Scum of California have enormous rebuilding to do with their teams. All of the other teams on the schedule also have major issues to overcome. Notre Dame, finally, should have overcome its own growing pains and should be able to win each an every game (no promises on the bowl game, unfortunately).

The major obstacle for the Irish will again be the offensive line. I personally feel that the coaching staff is much improved over last year. It makes me ill to think of all the missed blocks which were allowed under the previous offensive line coach. I have heard the arguments before about the achievements of the previous line coach, but three years of continuous missed assignments is impossible to overlook. The defensive line is a concern, but I do believe they have the talent to stop the teams on the schedule.

I wish I could positively jump and shout about the National champs, but at this point, this is wishful thinking. They have the position players, but not the line. I still can hardly wait for the season to begin.