Bob Birge's Irish Eyes Are Smiling

September 4, 2009 8:36 PM

Weis facing heat entering fifth season at Notre Dame

Do not count former Notre Dame linebacker Tom Reynolds among Charlie Weis' biggest fans.

According to the "Daily Domer", Reynolds is the man responsible for the following words that appeared on a huge billboard erected earlier this week just outside the Notre Dame campus: "Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the fifth year of his college coaching internship. Linebacker Alumni."

Ouch! Coach Weis could not be reached to comment on the billboard.

The sign was erected almost directly above the Linebacker Inn (hence the name), which is located on the corner of Edison Road and South Bend Ave, near the southeast entrance of the campus - and less than a half mile from Weis' office.

If this sign appeared inside the campus, we imagine the perpetrator would have been seized by Notre Dame's overzealous police force and publicly flogged.

On to Saturday's game itself ...

Nevada finished last a year ago in defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Jimmy Clausen is coming off a 401-yard passing performance - and five touchdowns - in Notre Dame's rout of Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl.

That would seem to suggest Clausen is in for another huge game Saturday. We're not so sure. Even with an excellent receiving corps (at least on paper) that includes
Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, we see the Irish struggling with a case of opening-game jitters, as they did a year ago with San Diego State.

If Notre Dame is greatly improved, it will roll Saturday to the tune of a 42-14 victory. We don't see it. We think the Irish will win but the 14-point spread is too high ... Notre Dame 31, Nevada 21.

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