#16 Notre Dame Loses Long and Bizarre Opener to South Florida

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Murphy’s law is an epigram typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” And it pretty much summed up the season opener for the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as they dropped a 23-20 decision to the South Florida Bulls. USF came in ten point underdogs, despite being a Big East conference favorite by many college football experts.

I guess it’s fitting that a law with an Irish name was in effect for a team nicknamed the Irish. Here are just a few things that went wrong for ND: they turned it over three times inside the USF five yard line; finished the game -5 in turnover differential, had -2 punt return yards, entered the red zone six times, but scored just twice, their kicker who had a perfect season last fall missed a chip shot field goal, and the loss came despite perfectly doubling their opponent yardage (508-254).

However, in spite of all that; the weather was the real story.

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(Update) Notre Dame, Michigan Home Openers Delayed by Electrical Storms

“Thunderstruck” may be the Chicago White Sox theme song, but it applies to both the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines today. Both of the very storied national college football programs saw their home openers delayed by severe storms and dangerous lightning.

As I write this from inside the Notre Dame press box (which I’m pretty sure is the safest place to be) the stadium has been completely evacuated. The halftime show is cancelled. All the fans are gone, and both the Irish and the USF Bulls are in the locker room awaiting the decision to resume play.

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