by Travis Normand
I found this over at NDFootball.Wordpress.com (Strong and True, The Notre Dame Football Blog) and wanted to share it. I am not yet making a case for Notre Dame to be in the National Title game, but this visual representation of how well the Irish defense has played this season is very impressive.
Some people will argue that Notre Dame hasn’t been impressive enough (overall) this season. However, one cannot argue that the Irish defense has been anything less than amazing against the competition it has played.
The next measuring stick for Notre Dame’s defense will come on November 24, when the Irish face USC. Of all the opponents that Notre Dame has faced thus far, only one of them has a scoring offense ranked in the top 50 (by points per game) — Oklahoma is ranked 13th at 39.78 points per game. USC’s offense is currently ranked 26th (tied with Georgia) scoring 36.9 points per game in 2012. Most pollsters will probably wait and see what Notre Dame is able to do against this USC offense before they decide whether or not the Irish have a legitimate claim to one of the two spots in the BCS Championship game.
Actually, I believe Oklahoma is ranked 13th in Points per Game. They were probably higher before Notre Dame held them to just 13 points.
Yes sir, you are correct. I am not sure how I missed that….especially when I knew Oklahoma was in the Top 50! That is what I get for relying on “Control + F.” Thanks!