2013 Notre Dame Football
The Notre Dame Senior Day is filled with tons of emotion for all of the players and coaches involved. Typically, it results in the Fighting Irish coming slow. Their minds are focused on the last time they ran out of the tunnel or hugging their parents at midfield. Ultimately, they are not focused on the game. Usually, Notre Dame faces an inferior opponent and can over come slow starts to pull off a victory. This Saturday, Notre Dame faces a quality opponent in BYU. If the Irish want to win, they will need to be ready to play from the first whistle.
Under Brian Kelly, Notre Dame is undefeated on Senior. The Irish upset #15 Utah in his first year in South Bend. The Irish followed up their first Senior Day win under Kelly with a sluggish victory over Boston College in 2011. In 2012, Notre Dame pummeled an over matched Wake Forest team as the Irish jumped from #3 to #1 in one night.
Charlie Weis is a completely different story. Notre Dame lost two times on Senior Day. First, Notre Dame lost to Syracuse. The Orange finished 3-9 that season. Second, the Irish lost to the Connecticut Huskies in triple overtime. Charlie Weis won his first three Senior Day contests.
Lou Holtz, the gold standard of modern Notre Dame coaches, was 7-4 on Senior Day. The most famous loss came to Boston College on a last second field goal following a victory over then #1 Florida State. The loss cost Notre Dame the 1993 National Title.
Saturday will be the final time Louis Nix, Tommy Rees, Zack Martin, Chris Watt, TJ Jones, Dan Fox, Carlo Calabrese, Bennett Jackson and others will play in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish will need them all to perform at their peak. Will their heads be in the game?