South Bend, IN â€“ Itâ€™s over. An overtime home loss to a school that didnâ€™t have football two Presidents ago, signals the death rattle of the Charlie Weis regime. He will be history by the end of the season. Itâ€™s a shame in some ways because he has made some strides with the Golden Domers, and if Jimmy Clausen stays for his senior year, theyâ€™ll play some exciting football. Still, with a record no better than either of his predecessors, Weisâ€™s fate will be sealed. Heâ€™ll be getting a visit from a guy in a silly hat and funny collar very soon.
True, their offense can be explosive and they have a star quarterback for the first time in ages, but they just donâ€™t have enough playmakers on defense to play big time football. Charlieâ€™s recruiting, clock management, and defensive speed are exposed every time they play a top notch program. No one comes into South Bend the least bit concerned anymore.
Four home losses to Navy, Syracuse (canâ€™t spell sucks without an â€œSâ€ and a â€œUâ€) and now Connecticut, in the last three years, will not placate the ravenous alumni of the nationâ€™s most tradition rich program.
And you know somethingâ€¦ I donâ€™t care. Notre Dame has its own TV contract, a soft schedule, truckloads of dough, and a national fan base. If they canâ€™t rise to prominence, they have no one to blame but themselves.
I know what youâ€™re thinking; But Rex, you cold hearted S.O.B., The Irish have to actually go to class! True, their academic standards havenâ€™t been lowered as far as schools named after Southern states, but all you have to do is look at their next opponent to see student-athletes on the rise. What is Stanford going to do to them after the pasting they gave USC in the house that O.J. built? Itâ€™s going to get ugly! Notre Dame has as much chance against Stanford as F Troop against the Apaches!
As for Sunday football, which is more to my liking, I stand at a stellar 21-8-1 against the spread after ten weeks. Look for The PATRIOTS (-10.5) to put an old fashioned on The Jets. Iâ€™ve got a hunch that The BUCCANEERS (+11.5) will cover as a home dog against The Saints, and finally, The Chargers (-1) will dispatch The BRONCOS in a divisional match-up of teams headed in opposite directions. This game is my LOCK OF THE YEAR!
Until next week,