Brian Kelly's Notre Dame football team improved to 4-2 with their 59-33 victory over Air Force on a picture-perfect Saturday in South Bend.
The game was not nearly as close as the final score indicated, as the Irish had their third-string defense in for two late Air Force touchdowns.
With every Fighting Irish win, the first two losses become more and more painful, as their fans know they simply gave the first two games away with turnover after turnover.
Had the Irish not beaten themselves during the first two weeks of the season, they would be sitting comfortably at 6-0 and ranked No. 9 in the nation. Instead, they find themselves unranked and unable to crack the Top 25 until they beat USC at home in two weeks.
But that's neither here nor there; let's look ahead to why Notre Dame will still finish 10-2 (like many projected) and in a BCS Bowl.