Scare vs. Navy Proves Notre Dame Doesn't Deserve to Climb BCS Standings

Scott CarasikContributor IINovember 2, 2013

Nov 2, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Navy Midshipmen wide receiver Shawn Lynch (87) carries the ball as Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Eilar Hardy (16) attempts to tackle in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 38-34. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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The Top 25 is for teams who actually belong in the Top 25. Even if they don't get knocked out of the Top 25 now, it will happen.

Notre Dame proved in its 38-34 victory over the Midshipmen that it doesn't belong. Navy isn't a Top 25 team by any stretch of the imagination. Navy is a team that might have an 8-4 record at the end of the year, but only because it has arguably the weakest schedule in college football.

On the other hand, Notre Dame is supposedly this great team, but it hasn't had any great wins. The Fighting Irish have shown that they are the epitome of mediocrity. This win against Navy only proves that.

Sorry, Coach Kelly. This one has a huge asterisk. The Midshipmen had no business hanging with the Fighting Irish. They had no business running all over Notre Dame. And they definitely had no business winning the turnover battle with Notre Dame.

But that's exactly what they did. They intercepted the chronically subpar Tommy Rees twice. Then, Navy didn't have a single penalty called against it compared to the five that Notre Dame had called. The Fighting Irish also allowed the Midshipmen to convert 10 of their 16 third downs. 

That's unacceptable. Navy barely ran for 86 yards against Western Kentucky. Let that sink in. On 34 runs against the 70th-best run defense of the Hilltoppers, the Midshipmen ran for 86 yards. On 70 carries against the Fighting Irish's 41st-ranked run defense, they gained 331 yards.

Where was the game plan to stop it, Coach Kelly?

There's no excuse to come close to losing to Navy at home. Yet, it almost happened. So you will get an asterisk for this. You will get a big ugly one for how your team was outplayed but still somehow won.

And as of now, there is no justifying even a No. 25 vote for the Irish. 

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 13: Josh Nunes #6 of the Standford Cardinal runs for a first down in overtime past Manti T'eo  #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 13, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Stanford 20-1
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Notre Dame has an extremely tough schedule. But it hasn't gotten to the hardest part of it yet. Outside of an excellent Stanford team that they haven't even played yet, the Fighting Irish have just a few Top 25 teams on their schedule.

And they have lost to one of them in No. 10 Oklahoma. The other one is a fringe Top 25 team in Arizona State. Their loss to Michigan looks even worse now that Michigan is likely out of the Top 25 with their loss to the fringe Top 25 Michigan State squad.

And now this weak win over Navy in addition to the weak win over Purdue makes Notre Dame look even worse. With its remaining three games against teams that have at least some talent, it wouldn't be surprising to see Notre Dame lose at least two of them.

Pittsburgh is a mediocre team like Notre Dame and matches up well with the Irish and will be at home. BYU, like Notre Dame, has just two losses and should finish the year well against weak competition. And then the aforementioned Stanford Cardinal should demolish the Irish.


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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs