Gould Headshot squareUpon further review, it sure would have been nice if Notre Dame and N.C. State had waited a day. The post-hurricane weather in North Carolina was sunny, with temperatures in the mid-60s, on Sunday.

But that was the ACC’s call, Irish coach Brian Kelly said: “The ACC controls it.’’

There’s no guarantee better weather would have made a difference, and there’s certainly no whining about playing in sideways rain that made the sloshing the same for both teams.

The reality is, Notre Dame is in a very tough place. At 2-4, many of its hopes and dreams are off the table. And the nightmare scenarios for the remaining six games are pretty scary. They start with desperate but talented Stanford on Saturday. Miami, Virginia Tech and USC are still to come. And why leave out Navy, which just stunned Houston? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.