After blowout loss to Miami, where does Notre Dame go from here?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:30:31 AM. Notre Dame faces tough questions and a hard road back into the playoff picture after the team's blowout loss at Miami.
It’s official: This rectangular slab off Florida’s Turnpike is where ’s championship dreams go to die. Alabama flattened the Irish in the 2013 title game back when it was called “Sun Life Stadium.” Now “The U” produces a nightclub-like atmosphere at Hard Rock Stadium. The vast majority of the 65,303 who showed up Saturday night had a blast watching ’s 41-8 throttling. The Irish, of course, were not among them. “They played a hard game,” Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey said of the Hurricanes. “They kicked our ass.” So where do the Irish go from here? has two losses but can still win the Big Ten. Notre Dame has no such goal. Rings aren’t given out for having the best record among independents. “I don’t think we readjust any goals,” Irish defensive back Drue Tranquill insisted. “Our mission from the start was to restore the pride and tradition of Notre Dame football. “Yes, it hurts when you’re a competitor and a team smacks you in the mouth, but there’s a lot of pride in that locker room. I expect us to come back next week and punish Navy.” The Irish host the Midshipmen on senior day before finishing their regular season at Stanford. “We’re not going to let one game (alter) what we’re trying to accomplish,” McGlinchey said. Which is what exactly? “Win out the rest of our games — that’s all there is to it,” he replied. “We know we’re better than how we played (Saturday). It’s about pride. “Next week will be the last game in that glorious stadium of ours. We will do our...Read more
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