- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here's one last look back at a historic weekend for the Irish.
The good: Um, Notre Dame is No. 1. Good enough? The Irish routed Wake Forest 38-0 to complete their first perfect home season in 14 years. Then they watched No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon fall, leaving them in control of their own destiny.
The bad: Get back to me at the start of next season. If the 2013 campaign opens and it turns out Notre Dame Stadium still has natural grass for its next game, that means we have (at least) five more years to talk about the issue.
The ugly: Everett Golson played his best home game of the season, but his one mistake was a pretty ugly one, as he recklessly launched a deep ball into an end zone with nothing but white jerseys in it, promptly getting picked off by Allen Ramsey.
Nice send-off: Classy gesture from Brian Kelly to call a timeout in the fourth quarter and give his defensive seniors a curtain call. Classy move to put walk-on quarterback Charlie Fiessinger in at the end, too. Also, anyone else catch Shane Victorino in town?
Next up: The preseason No. 1 team hosts the nation's actual No. 1 team. And the preseason No. 1 team is now unranked, just like the actual No. 1 team was in the preseason. Got it? Good. Notre Dame. USC. Title-game berth on the line for the visitors. "College GameDay." Nothing to see here.
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