Lou Holtz: Notre Dame Will Play in BCS Title Game
Notre Dame has gone 10-15 over the last two seasons, but ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz says the Fighting Irish are about to see their fortunes change. Greatly.
"I personally believe, if you ask me, 'Who's going to play in the national championship game?' I'd say it's going to be Florida and the University of Notre Dame," Holtz says. "They return 11 starters on offense. They return all three running backs, the two best wide receivers, they have a great defense coming back."
Obviously, we all know that Holtz loves Notre Dame, where he coached from 1986 to 1996. But he says his prediction that the Irish will play for the national championship has less to do with his love of the university than about his simple belief that Notre Dame has such an easy schedule this year that they should steamroll most of their opponents.
"They only play one team in the Top 37 preseason," Holtz sys. "Not that they'll be the No. 2 team in the country, but I do believe they'll be the best team in the stadium, and that's all they have to do."
Holtz does make a fair point there: Notre Dame's schedule is ridiculously easy, starting with Nevada at home, following up with three middle-of-the-pack Big Ten teams (at Michigan, Michigan State, at Purdue) and then a home game against Washington, which was 0-12 last year.
But even if Notre Dame does start 5-0, the sixth game is against USC, and that's the one game against a preseason Top 37 team Holtz refers to. Once the Trojans get done abusing the Irish, no one will be talking about Notre Dame in the national championship game. Not even Lou Holtz
What do you think of Holtz's prediction? Tell me on Twitter @MichaelDavSmith.