Pick o' the Irish: Week 9 vs. Washington State

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

For the first time in, oh, forever, I'm not forecasting a close call for the Irish this week. If that happens, something has gone horribly wrong.

Notre Dame 42, Washington State 16: Pat Forde mentioned in his Dash this week that Notre Dame has not scored 40 points since 2006. Well, this has been a streak-busting (non-USC related) team of late, so down goes another skid.

Let's face it: Washington State is awful. The Cougars gave up 52 points to Oregon and 49 to Cal. How are they going to contain Jimmy Clausen, Golden Tate, Armando Allen, etc? The only way this game is even remotely close is if the Irish players see it for the breather it really is and treat it as such.

But they have too much at stake to let up know. Notre Dame (River)walks all over Washington State in San Antonio before getting back to the inevitable grind.

Last week's pick: Notre Dame 33, Boston College 28

Actual score: Notre Dame 20, Boston College 16

Season record: 6-1