Wojciechowski: Hope floats for Irish

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Let me tell you what more than a few giddy Notre Dame followers are doing after the Fighting Irish upset Michigan State, 20-3, Saturday night.

They're looking at ND's schedule and they're channeling their inner Ara or Lou. They're letting their imaginations wander. They're dreaming of Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami.

Jan. 7 ... and the BCS Championship.

"Don't do it," warned senior wide receiver John Goodman, whose first-quarter touchdown catch gave Notre Dame all the lead it would need. "From past experiences, if we ever looked ahead or something, things didn't work out."

They worked out against Michigan State. And who knows, maybe it stays that way.

After the victory against 10th-ranked Michigan State, a small, but vocal group of ND fans in the corner of Spartan Stadium began chanting, "Un-de-feated." Then the Notre Dame cheerleaders picked up their megaphones and started their own chant: "B-C-S ... B-C-S."

What once seemed impossible -- Notre Dame making a run at a national title -- now seems a tiny bit plausible. I'm not saying it will happen, but I do know this: the Irish are 3-0 and the Spartans aren't.

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