EVANSTON, Ill.—With the unbeaten burden mounting, the Irish took Northwestern’s best shot and handled it. Especially quarterback Ian Book.

Three things we learned about Notre Dame football in Week 10. . .

1, These Irish sure look playoff-ready

You know that Notre Dame team that went 4-11 against Power Five teams in the five Novembers after it marched to the 2012 BCS championship game against Alabama?

This ND team is 1-0 in November.

And that 31-21 win at Northwestern on Saturday night was a good barometer game against a team that’s on the verge of playing in the Big Ten championship game. Notre Dame improved to 9-0 and figures to be No. 3 in this week’s College Football Playoff poll. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.