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Identity Theft

Last year's Irish defense dominated in close

A punishing running game? Balance? Pass-first? Play fast? Milk the clock and hammer behind three running backs? Two tights? No 'Backs? Bend-but-don't break? Stout up front, conservative in the back seven? Notre Dame's 2013 identity could go a number of ways with 10 games remaining. The only certainty after two contests down and a 1-1 mark? They don't have one.

"When they put that ball down on the one-yard line, that s--- 'aint over man. We're gonna play." -- Zeke Motta after a goal line stand last November at USC. There's a line from the 2001 film Training Day that applies well to fans of Notre Dame football in 2013: "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove." Irish faithful thought they knew at least one essential truth heading into head... Recommended Stories