With the Irish sitting at 7-2 after nine games, a win against Pitt would guarantee Notre Dame four consecutive eight win seasons for the first time in 20 years. That’s a stat Irish fans should let sink in for a bit.
After Lou Holtz won 40 games over the 1990-93 seasons, the Irish have failed to build any consistency, following up the 11 win ’93 campaign with a 6-5-1 season. Bob Davie rode the rollercoaster, shoe-horning in five win seasons between nine and ten win campaigns. Charlie Weis managed 19 victories in his first two seasons only to win 16 more in his next three years.
Nobody is setting the goal for the season at eight wins, but if the Irish get their tonight before a much-needed bye week, it’s a clear datapoint that head coach Brian Kelly has stabilized a program in desperate need of consistency.
Getting to eight wins still requires a little work. That means getting by Paul Chryst’s Pitt team that took the Irish to the brink last season.
As usual, we’re here with our friends from Irish Illustrated for the live blog. Let’s keep it clean, rational, and somewhat positive.