Halfway through the 2011 season, Brian Kelly and his Fighting Irish have established what kind of football team they want to be.
Beginning the year with two haunting losses, the Irish have now reeled off four impressive wins in a row. Each week, Kelly's team seems to be improving consistently and progressively.
The team that lost against South Florida and Michigan to open the year seems far and away different than what this team is now. Flaunting an offensive backfield that can compete with the best in the nation, along with both an offense and defense that have shown flashes of brilliance, there isn't a single team left on Notre Dame's slate that they cannot beat.
Kelly knows his team can still salvage their season despite the blemishes to start off the year. A 10-win Notre Dame team will be in a BCS bowl.
This team, with solid quarterback play, will do just that. Another key to that goal being accomplished is holding onto the football—an area the Irish have looked better with in recent weeks.
Next up for Notre Dame is the ever-exciting matchup with the Trojans of USC. Let's take a look at how we think the Irish will fare for their next six contests.