Is Notre Dame Relevant?
It's hard to argue against the fact that Notre Dame is one of the most storied programs in college football history. Heisman Trophies? Check. National Titles. 11 checks. TV deal with NBC? Big fat check! But as the famous American poet, Janet Jackson, once said... "What have you done for me lately. Ooh ooh ohh yeah".
Are the Irish still relevant in college football? Will they win national titles again in the new playoff era of college football? The most recent of the 11 National Titles, a TV analyst by the name of Lou Holtz was their coach. Some might argue the Irish leprechaun as well. And a darn good one I might add. Coach, not leprechaun.
Sure, the Irish played for number 12. It was as the roll of "speed bump" for Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Title game. How did ND follow that title run season up? With a ho-hum 9-4 in 2013. During the BCS era (RIP) the Irish won a whopping zero BCS Bowl games. Zero. Their rival USC has more BCS wins taken away than the Irish won. Think about it.
To be 'The One' again you have to beat a #1. When was the last time Notre Dame beat a number one ranked team? 1993 over Florida State. Not 2013 or even 2003, but nineteen ninety three. If you remember that game then you probably don't have an Instagram account, and I don't recommend starting now.
Even though the Fighting Irish have faded in the modern era from dominance, their future does once again look promising. Since Coach Brian Kelly took over the program in 2010, the Irish have a respectable winning percentage of .729, landed three Top 10 Scout.com recruiting classes and return of 4-Star QB Everett Golson. I'm not buying a playoff bid in 2014, but I am buying a push for one as Kelly's top recruiting classes continue to develop in 2015. If they do, Notre Dame can potentially add some modern trophies to the case again.
So are the Irish relevant again? Sure. But dominant? They are not there yet.