Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is gaining momentum as a Heisman Trophy candidate and, in some places, something a lot bigger.
Wrote Joseph Goodman in the Miami Herald: “Te'o isn't just the most outstanding player in the country this season, he's the heart and soul of everything we want the sport to be, a glimmer of hope amid the scrap yard of moral and educational decay that is college football.”
That’s pretty good.
Te'o will be leading fourth-ranked Notre Dame against Pittsburgh at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and the Fighting Irish will be looking to break something of a trend:
Their games in South Bend, Ind., tend to be a lot closer than the ones they play away from their home field.