Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Monday, September 18

Finding That Irish Rhythm

You get the feeling that Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has just about had it with talk of national championships and Heisman Trophies. Of course, when you’re coming off the kind of performance that pretty much squashes both possibilities, as Quinn and the Irish are courtesy of Michigan, you can understand it.

“The ranking and the other stuff doesn’t matter until the end of the season,” Quinn said. “You guys (the evil media) can talk about that all you want, but right now we’re looking at a week-to-week basis. We’re working on getting a win at Michigan State.”

So Notre Dame falls from second to 12th or 13th depending on the poll, Quinn falls off the Heisman radar and surely it has to get better, although playing late Saturday night at dangerous Michigan State isn’t going to help the team sleep at night.

What will help is the kind of explosive offense everybody was expecting, not the self-destructive mess that bumbled against Michigan.

“I wouldn’t call it inconsistency,” Quinn said. “It’s about the offense getting a rhythm.”

Call it rhythm or inconsistency or karma, Notre Dame might need 50 points to win this game. So brace yourself. And then check out my column for more on this.


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