Notre Dame is trying to come back to be one of the elite again.
The frustrating aspect about the Fighting Irish is the fact that they are all passing and no rushing.
Granted, Notre Dame is known for having great quarterbacks, having a superb passing game, and it's great that their QB's can throw for over 3,000 yards, but without a running attack, the team cannot be the superpower they seek to be.
Let's compare them to last season's top ranked team, Alabama in rushing. The Irish had 1,539 yards rushing, and Alabama had 3,011 rushing yards.
To put things in perspective, let's minus out Mark Ingram's yards (1,658) from Alabama's total.
We now have 1,353 yards without the Heisman Trophy winner, leaving the Fighting Irish with only 186 yards more rushing yards on 70 more carries than the Crimson Tide.
Now this isn't just for the 2009 season— the Irish haven't had a 2,000 yard rushing season since before the year 2000.