No countdown can be totally inaccurate, misleading and insulting without an overrated and\or underrated assessment of the Flighty Irish, a program with one foot in the Atlantic Coast and the other Quasimodo-dragging across America toward the Pacific.

It’s tough to win with this crowd; you can get ripped for ranking Notre Dame too low, too high, or too medium.

It’s a persnickety, deep-rooted pot of loyalists, speak-easy Rockne subversives, Faust apologists and Davie-deniers sprinkled in with three or four people who actually attended the school. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.