Am I delusional or is the Notre Dame offense better, by far, than anything in the Big 10 and top 5 nationally. Position by position, can you think of a team as complete on offense?
QB - At this point, better than anyone in the Big 10 (I think Tate's the closest, but we don't have much data).
RB - As good as Minor, maybe only Royster better.
WR - Best by far.
TE - Best, although the data are limited.
OL - Maybe Iowa has some hype, but who else?
My point is:
* ND runs the table except for USC, but they will be competitive in that game; I think Carroll will get to Clausen some way. And we should root them on.
* That our defense is not as scary and shaky as Saturday would suggest, although PAINFULLY thin.
* That we do not face a team with some offensive power until the end of October, a lot of time for Justin Turner, Vlad the Impaler, and William Campbell to come online, and for Williams, Woolfolk, Roh and Cissoko to get vastly more seasoned.
Litmus Test (to see if my assumptions are correct):
# ND destroys MSU, Purdue and Washington
# Our defense looks dominant against Eastern, Indiana and MSU