This could come in the form of an upset win over Utah. [ASIDE: Yes, folks, Notre Dame is an underdog to Utah. Some may say “Of course, it’s clear from the records and the rankings that that’s the case”. But the “It’s just Utah (or Tulsa, or Navy, or anyone other than Oklahoma, USC or Michigan)” attitude remains within the fanbase and, it seems, the program. There’s a lot of perspective-shifting that needs to take place, and it has ramifications for scheduling and expectations and the program itself. But, I digress…]
There’s a big chance for a big upset coming up. A BIG upset. And Notre Dame needs it to happen. ND needs a Double Rainbow.
Why? (beyond just winning, of course?) To give the program a break. To lift some spirits. Just to give folks a reason to BELIEVE again. I know it’s not going to fundamentally change the program in a single game (see DMQ’s post below), but a big win toward the end of the year over Utah, or even USC despite their less-than-stellar showing this year, would just let everyone – coaches, fans, players, pundits – see that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. To just breathe for a moment, and maybe even crack a smile.
Right now there isn’t much to indicate that there’s anything at the end of that tunnel. But there is. There always is. And right now ND, as a collective community, needs a reminder that it’s there. You may not yet see it, you may not be able to touch it, but it’s there.