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07:29 AM ET 09.30 | From playing for a national title to falling out of the AP poll -- all in the span of a handful of games. A freshman class that is teeming with promise, a strong recruiting push in the 2014 and 2015 cycles and head coach Brian Kelly's track record of late-season surges all suggest that in the long-term the Irish may indeed trend away from slipping into a full-fledged rebuild. But in the short term, following Saturday's 35-21 loss to Oklahoma, this is a team and a program at a crossroads. ... Kelly's coping mechanism for himself and his team is focusing on the little picture. "They've been to the national championship game," Kelly said. "They've been to Florida for bowl games. What they're more interested in is playing well the next game and for the rest of the season.

South Bend Tribune

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September 30, 2013  08:18 AM ET

It doesn't matter to ND. All those polls are "imaginary" and they know how to manipulate them.

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September 30, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Now I wonder what the Homer Domers have to say now about there beloved football team.......

September 30, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Hot Clicks>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>YUMM Y

September 30, 2013  09:06 AM ET

LOVING IT LOVING IT. CHICKEN SHI! norte dam is getting what is coming to them.

September 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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Now I wonder what the Homer Domers have to say now about there beloved football team.......

"If it weren't for Tommy R and his 2 early picks, we would have smashed-em by 40+"

"Only ND has the integrity to kick off the starting QB,with him, we would have won the BSBCS, but WE believe in integrity over winning""

"If we weren't for the (insert-the-penality-call here), we would have won that game"

"It doesn't matter, we'll still be in the BCS, because we are relevent again!!!"


Did I miss any?...........

September 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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"If it weren't for Tommy R and his 2 early picks, we would have smashed-em by 40+""Only ND has the integrity to kick off the starting QB,with him, we would have won the BSBCS, but WE believe in integrity over winning"""If it weren't for the (insert-the-penality-call here), we would have won that game""It doesn't matter, we'll still be in the BCS, because we are relevent again!!!"Did I miss any?...........

FIFM

September 30, 2013  09:12 AM ET

He's taken them higher than Charlie the Weiss but his trajectory is starting to look similar.

September 30, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Should finish 8-4 or 9-3. Stanford will be a loss and possibly ASU. USC is in free fall, service academies are rent a wins, Pitt and BYU are wins.

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September 30, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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"If it weren't for Tommy R and his 2 early picks, we would have smashed-em by 40+""Only ND has the integrity to kick off the starting QB,with him, we would have won the BSBCS, but WE believe in integrity over winning"""If we weren't for the (insert-the-penality-call here), we would have won that game""It doesn't matter, we'll still be in the BCS, because we are relevent again!!!"Did I miss any?...........

"We have the toughest schedule in the country".

September 30, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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PDX Congrats on the W.. wherever you atI think you all just scored again!!!Signed,Worse D then Texasss

Is the D fixable this season?

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September 30, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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PDX Congrats on the W.. wherever you atI think you all just scored again!!!Signed,Worse D then Texasss

Can that same D show up in Starkvegas next weekend and give us a prayer of a chance at winning?

September 30, 2013  09:28 AM ET

More than anything else right now the Irish are lacking leadership. Say what you want about Manti T'eo (but please no more lame GF jokes) but he was the heart and soul of that team. Hopefully someone else will step forward as the season goes on. If not, it could be a loooooonnnnnnngggg season for them.

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September 30, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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LOVING IT LOVING IT. CHICKEN SHI! norte dam is getting what is coming to them.

Still a little bitter my Wolverine frined about getting dumped by the "hot chick" in school. Get over it. There are plenty other Akrons to schedule...

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