On SI.com: From SI's Nov. 26, 2012 issue
Notre Dame is one win away from playing for the national title, which has shocked the college football world and most Notre Dame fans. SI's Tim Layden explores the rediscovery of one of college football's traditional powerhouses. Elite or arrogant? Self-righteous or proud? No team sparks up a more spirited debate than the Irish, who are two wins away from college football supremacy.
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Forty-four years ago, USC featured a star running back named O.J. Simpson who was expected to trample the Notre Dame defense. The Irish built a pocket to stuff Simpson, and then trotted out a young quarterback named Joe Theismann. Read
In a year that was supposed to devoted almost solely to passing and 5,000-yard passing seasons, offenses like Houston, Seattle and Tampa Bay have re-established the importance of a dependable ground game. Chris Burke takes a detailed look at what he considers the
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