Notre Dame Football: Sunday Morning QB – Expectations Shifting For Irish

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 23: Chase Claypool /

After a convincing win against Michigan State, the expectations are beginning to shift for the 2017 Notre Dame football team.

A victory in East Lansing did not surprise anyone. The way the Irish crushed the Spartans did surprise fans, media members and, perhaps, the coaching staff.

So far this season, Notre Dame routed Temple, Boston College and Michigan State. Their lone loss on the year looks even better after Saturday. Georgia crushed Mississippi State, 31-3, on Saturday evening. The Bulldogs now rank 7th in the country.

Prior to the Temple contest, Slap the Sign predicted that the Irish would finish the regular season with an 8-4 record. An 8-4 record would land Notre Dame in a very winnable bowl game. Therefore, a 9-4 record would be likely. However, these expectations are definitely shifting.

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As it stand right now, the Fighting Irish are favorites for the next two games. Currently, Vegas believes that the Irish are 23-point favorites over Miami (OH). The North Carolina Tar Heels sit with a 1-3 record with their only victory coming against Old Dominion. Notre Dame is most likely a road favorite when the Irish visit Chapel Hill. So, when USC visits South Bend on Oct. 21, the Irish have a chance to really change the entire complexion of their season.

Although this team does not appear ready to make a College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six Bowl push, this team does seem more like a 9-3 team. CBS Sports currently projects Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa (yawn).

Notre Dame’s season now comes down to games against USC, NC State, Miami (FL) and Stanford. All four of these teams could beat the Irish. However, all four of these teams look like they could be beaten by the Irish.

How good is this team? They might be playing with our hearts making us believe this could be a double digit victory year. Let’s hope they do not break our hearts.