SOUTH BEND -- So here I am at Notre Dame for the Brian Kelly debut extravaganza, and already there are grim portents: On the walk through the tailgaters to the stadium, I did not see the obligatory small-dustmop-shaped-dog-dressed-in-an-ND-jersey.
So already Kelly's got that working against him.
Otherwise ... since everyone else involved in this has made a prediction for ND-Purdue (ND beat writer Tony Krausz' official prediction: Notre Dame, 946-932), I feel obliged to make mine public.
Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24.
I have spoke, as they say in Texas.
(And I was just kidding about Tony. He's really picking Notre Dame, 734-720).