What do we make of the Irish after Saturday's 21-6 win at BC? Glad you asked.
1. The door to the BCS title game is slightly ajar. If there was one undefeated team Notre Dame was not going to leap in the BCS standings, it was Alabama. Consider that obstacle out of the way after the Tide's home loss to Texas A&M and the Irish's win at Boston College. Kansas State and Oregon will likely stay ahead of Notre Dame in Sunday's BCS rankings, but the road to Miami just got a lot clearer for the Irish.
2. Everett Golson continues to progress. If the redshirt freshman performs at home the way he does on the road, Notre Dame is going to be very tough to beat. (OK, at 10-0 the Irish already are, but you catch my drift.) Golson had another strong performance away from South Bend, managing an efficient offense and converting three red zone trips into three touchdowns. Most important, he did not turn the ball over.
3. The defense is responding. There's something that comes with being undefeated and the talk of the town this late in the season, and that means facing teams that will unveil a whole lot of new tricks to try to knock you off. The Eagles tried that against Notre Dame, but the defense held its ground, surrendering just six points on the night, recording four sacks and forcing two turnovers when it was all said and done.
4. Daniels, Russell hurting: DaVaris Daniels is likely lost for the rest of the regular season following a shoulder injury. KeiVarae Russell's status is uncertain after suffering what coach Brian Kelly called a head injury in the second half.