A Jersey Guy had it all figured out a week ago. One more loss and Notre Dame’s chances of making the Final Four college football playoffs would be over.

And that’s what happened Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium, where the Irish dug themselves into a 36-7 hole against Michigan State but ran out of time after staging a second half comeback which left them on the L side of a 36-28 game.

So there it was. The harsh reality of a 1-2 start.  The defensive numbers were even more depressing for ND fans. Three games in which the Irish allowed a total of 96 points. Statistics in which they were ranked 102 in the country (out of 128) in total defense, sandwiched between those two SEC powers Vanderbilt (101) and Missouri (103).

Public sparks flared on national television between Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and his embattled defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

It is a situation worth watching. In his Tuesday press conference, Kelly did not hide his emotions.. “”Obviously a bad start to the season,” he said. “I m a 1-2 football coach.” The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.