While most Notre Dame football players would prefer the national championship game to just arrive already, the extra six weeks will likely be a big help for Irish quarterback Everett Golson.
"He's young," senior running back Theo Riddick reminds everyone of Notre Dame's first year starting quarterback. "For him to get extra film study and things like that--when we come off our bye weeks, he's a new player. To have him to have access to so much information and retain it, it's going to help us in our favor."
While Notre Dame's run to the #1 ranking in the country and a spot in the national title game is mostly contributed to the team's top ranked defense, Golson's progression has been key.
"He's come very, very far," Riddick explained. "Who would have ever thought? He grew so quickly, on the scene and that was the most significant thing. A lot of guys grow in the back, in the pre-season or the off-season--he did it during the regular season when all the lights were on."
Notre Dame is done with five of its 15 practices leading into the BCS Championship game January 7th in Miami against #2 Alabama.