Nothing is worse than seeing one of your rivals win, except when they keep winning and aren't THAT good. Don't get me wrong, OSU 2002 and Notre Dame 2012 are solid teams with great defenses, but both are eerily similar in their ability to win so many close games and never appearing to be dominant.
Just like OSU 2002, Notre Dame is having one of those magical years where every call, turnover, break, big play, and general karma seems to be going in their favor. While their defense is stellar and overall team is solid, nobody would believe that they are the best team in the country....but they keep winning, and that is all that matters.
At this point, who knows what will happen. OSU lucked into the 2002 championship game and beat a much better Miami team. It would suck if Notre Dame did the same and knocked off an Alabama, LSU, or Oregon.
We played both Alabama and Notre Dame, andwith some degree of certainty can acknowledge that Alabama is in a different class. That being said, ND is one big win (USC) away from a date in the national title game, and at that point anything can happen. Really annoying when a rival has a magical year....Even more annoying when you know they arent't that good. Shit, had Denard not turned the ball over 5 times, we would have beat that team.