In a battle of winless underachievers, Michigan gave it to Notre Dame on Saturday, 38-0, at Ann Arbor. I knew this was going to be a struggle for the Fighting Irish this season, but I sure didn't expect this.
It was the third straight disaster for ND. The score was 17-0 at the end of the first quarter, and 31-0 at halftime. The offense is a complete shambles, and they gained only 79 yards, and had another game where they gained negative yards rushing (-6). Jimmy Clausen was sacked an astounding eight times. The offensive line has allowed 23 sacks in the first three games. The Irish offense did not get into Michigan territory until there was 3 minutes to play in the third quarter. Notre Dame has scored only one TD in three games, and that was via an interception last week.
This is simply an awful Notre Dame team, in all phases of the game. It maybe the worst Irish team in my lifetime, even worse the Gerry Faust teams of the early 1980s.
The next five games Notre Dame have are against quality opponents: Michigan State, at Purdue, at UCLA, Boston College and USC. Ugh.
After the game, head coach Charlie Weis walked into the Irish locker room and announced that they were going back to Square One, that all positions on the team were back up for grabs. After the first three games, you might as well blow this team up and start all over again.
What do they have to lose at this point?