We are only in our fifth week of action in the college football season, and already, it has been an emotional ride for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
They dropped a rainy, disjointed game to South Florida in Week 1, but it wasn't all bad. Tommy Rees entered the game for Dayne Crist and led the offense admirably.
Any momentum gained from that was lost in Week 2, though, when the Irish dropped a heart-breaking game to Michigan.
Since then, they have played well. They blew Michigan State off the field in Week 3, and they got a hard-fought win over Pittsburgh in Week 4.
Because of the high-profile nature of their program, Notre Dame is still very much in the race for a spot in a BCS bowl game.
But to get there, they must win the following four games. A loss in any one of these games, or any games really, will doom their hopes for a BCS bowl bid.