Pick o' the Irish, Week 7

I'm riding a three-game winning streak -- one better than the Irish themselves -- and am feeling very confident going into this next stretch of schedule.

Notre Dame 35, Western Michigan 10: Finally, a much-needed breather for the Irish, who have been in down-to-the-wire struggles in half their six games this season. The Broncos can play loose with nothing to lose, but this mediocre MAC team simply doesn't have the talent to stay with Notre Dame for long. This should be a good time for Brian Kelly to let the offense loose and for Dayne Crist to throw the ball around the field. The defense shouldn't have too much trouble against a team that managed only 13 points against Idaho. For a change, Irish fans can even leave early to beat the traffic.

Last week: Correct pick

Season record: 4-2