What follows is a look at the 10 worst losses while Charlie Weis has been head coach at Notre Dame. Just last weekend Weis lost his 24th game in five years and his job is now on the line more than ever.
To put things in perspective, former Irish coach Lou Holtz lost only 30 games in 11 years in South Bend.
This list is made up of crushing losses that take into account such factors as:
*Was Notre Dame a heavy favorite?
*What were the repercussions of the loss?
*How well did the team perform?
Let's get right to it!
*2007 Sugar Bowl vs. LSU 44-14
In Brady Quinn's final game at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish ran into a buzz saw of a football team. The Tigers showed what an elite defense looks like and proved Notre Dame didn't have one.
*2006 Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State 34-20 L
In Weis' first bowl game the Irish hung around with the Buckeyes before surrendering one too many big plays on defense.
*2007 vs. USC 38-0 L
1977 throwback uniforms couldn't help the cause as the Irish lied down like lambs and were slaughtered at home. Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes and ND only amassed 165 yards on offense.
2007 vs. Michigan 38-0 L
Another debacle from early in '07 that really let fans know the season would not be a good one. The Wolverines coasted after being up 31-0 at halftime and Notre Dame only totaled a laughable 79 yards of offense.
2005 vs. USC 34-31 L
Probably the toughest big game loss in recent Notre Dame history, the famous "Bush Push" game will live on as one of the greatest games in college football history. This was probably one of the top three all-around team performances by a Weis-led team in a big game.
Coming into this game there was a ton of intrigue as to who would be playing quarterback in the post-Quinn era for Notre Dame. As usual, Irish fans were optimistic about the 2007 season, but no one expected what would follow in this game. It was a loss that really set the tone for the year.
The Irish used three quarterbacks, lost three fumbles, and let Tashard Choice run all over them in one of the ugliest home-opening losses in school history. This would be the first of five defeats to open the atrocious 2007 season.
Back in early September of this year, Michigan was looking like they were going to be making a run for the Big 10 title after a disastrous season of their own in 2008. Up to this point, Wolverine QB Tate Forcier was being talked about as Heisman candidate.
In a game full of disputed penalties and numerous big scoring drives, the Irish came out on the losing end in a bitter loss. Now, Michigan has completely collapsed and this may become yet another loss to a team with a losing record during Weis' tenure.
In another contest where Notre Dame abandoned the running game, the Boston College Eagles shutout the Irish despite never scoring an offensive touchdown.
Jimmy Clausen had one of his worst games of his career, tossing four interceptions, and Notre Dame was unable to put any points on the board despite out-gaining BC by the end of regulation.
Despite showing promise early in the season, Notre Dame crept closer to .500 and would have to wait another year to break the losing streak to Boston College.
This is just one of many losses under Charlie Weis that makes you scratch your head in wonder. The Irish racked up 512 yards and never punted the ball, but still lost to the Naval Academy.
The inability to stop the triple option attack, costly turnovers, and bad red zone play all doomed Notre Dame as they lost at home to Navy for the second-straight time. Fighting Irish fans are only now starting to recover from this loss.
Expectations were sky high for the 2006 season as Notre Dame came into this game with a 2-0 record and a No. 2 ranking. The Wolverines were no slouches either and they proved it with a devastating defeat of the Irish.
Brady Quinn was harassed all day long and threw three interceptions and Michigan easily took advantage of the turnovers and put points on the board.
The problems were the same as usual for Notre Dame: costly turnovers, no running game, and an all-around mediocre defense.
The Irish would go on to win their next eight games, but this game showed they weren't ready to be an elite team.
In a wild west shootout for the ages, the Notre Dame defense could not hold on as the Spartans handed Charlie Weis his first loss at Notre Dame only one week after defeating Michigan in the Big House.
Notre Dame would rebound from the loss and go on to have a strong season, but the Spartans limped to a 5-6 record making this loss even more painful in retrospect.
In a late-season display for NFL scouts, Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez led his team to an obliteration of Notre Dame in the Coliseum.
One facet of many losses under Weis is how bad the team plays late in the season when they should be improving.
During this game there was nothing to be proud of as USC outgained the Irish 449 to 91 and blew Notre Dame right off the field.
The one stat everyone remembers: Notre Dame didn't gain a first down until the last play of the third quarter.
This was the third-straight blowout the Men of Troy inflicted upon Charlie Weis.
To be honest, I'm not even really sure how Notre Dame notched a field goal in this one.
This was the loss that ended the longest continuous winning streak against an opponent in college football history.
By the time this game was played the Irish were so beat up by seven defeats that many were looking forward to a win against the Middies.
It didn't happen as once again Notre Dame never punted. They played a strong game offensively, but came away on the losing end once again to an inferior opponent.
At this point, it didn't seem that the 2007 season could get any worse, but it did.
One week after losing to Navy for the first time since 1963, Notre Dame was flat out embarrassed by Air Force inside Notre Dame Stadium giving them a school record nine losses on the 2007 season.
The Navy defeat may have been more shocking because of the record winning streak, but this loss proved just how low the Irish program and season had fallen as it was the worst loss to a service program in over 40 years.
To be fair, Air Force was a solid team that would go on to win nine games in 2007. But the way in which they beat Notre Dame cannot be excused.
This could be the worst loss in Notre Dame history. It was supposed to be a gimme game against an opponent that had suffered so many defeats that they had limped into Notre Dame Stadium with a coach who was already fired.
No one could have believed the Irish would lose this game. Heading into the fourth quarter they had the game in hand leading 23-10 and setting the controls to cruise.
The only problem is, no one told Syracuse the game was over. The Orange rallied for two touchdowns and Irish kicker Brandon Walker missed three field goals to hand Charlie Weis his ugliest defeat as coach at Notre Dame.