Ivan Maisel: When Notre Dame is atop the polls, the hot dogs are tastier, the popcorn is fresher, and even the December sky is a little more blue-gray. And when No. 1 Notre Dame will play No. 2 Alabama for the Discover BCS National Championship, it pretty well checks off all the boxes, doesn't it? Click here for the rest of Maisel's piece on how the country pays more attention when Alabama and Notre Dame are involved.
Rick Reilly felt Notre Dame was overachieving and would lose to USC. Then he was in South Bend patching helmets. Click here to read Reilly's piece "How Notre Dame fooled us all."