Notre Dame tries to avoid letdown vs. Pitt

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame last stood at 8-0 in 2002. The letdown of that team inspires the current Fighting Irish before they take on the struggling Pittsburgh Panthers in South Bend, Ind. on Saturday.

There's no sense reminding Notre Dame they're inching closer toward a national championship with each passing win.

They aren't listening to such talk.

The Fighting Irish take on a struggling Pittsburgh team Saturday, taking their 8-0 record into the game against the Panthers.

Letdown is a concern, as the 2002 Notre Dame squad likely remembers. After their own 8-0 start, they were upset by Boston College, and dropped a close game to USC. Their season ended with a Gator Bowl loss to North Carolina State.

Pitt is dealing with the simple assault and conspiracy charges against running back Ray Graham, wide receiver Devin Street and kick returner Lafayette Pitts in connection with an incident last month involving three other students. Charges were filed Nov. 1, and all three players deny the allegation.

It's just one more thing the 4-4 Panthers needed to worry about this week, but it's not something Notre Dame will focus on. Rather, they'll focus on the targets growing on their backs with each win, and each defensive gem they display. Ranked second in points allowed in the FCS (9.9 per game), Notre Dame is coming off a dominating performance over Oklahoma. They defeated the Sooners 30-13, as Oklahoma entered the game averaging over 30 points per contest.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.