Trying to Move Forward

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is done talking about last season. Who can blame him?

The Fighting Irish finished 3-9 - a school-record for losses - gave up a school-record 58 sacks and were last in the NCAA in total offense at 242 yards a game.

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The season included the worst start (0-5) in 119 seasons of Fighting Irish football, the worst home losing streak (six straight), a loss to Navy for the first time since 1963 and two of the school's 10 worst losses ever (38-0 to both Michigan and Southern California).

Due to such a poor 2007 campgain, oddsmakers are down on the Irish in 2008. Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog have established Notre Dame as a 65/1 long shot to win the 2009 BCS National Championship.

One of Notre Dame’s hopes this year is that sophomore quarterback Jimmy Clausen took his beatings last year, but developed and is ready to take the next step this season. Either way, Weis and the Irish will try not worry about the past and instead focus on the future.

``You will not hear one word out of anyone about 2007,'' he said. ``We're moving forward.''

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