Weis has Irish eyes smiling in South Bend

Charlie Weis, who possesses a face that resembles a New Jersey longshoreman, apparently won't take 40 years to lead his alma mater to the promised land. Unlike Moses, however, Weis will get to see it.

Notre Dame's two upset wins in the young season -- both on the road -- come as no surprise to those observers of college football who never believed that the Fighting Irish lacked material or that the so-called stiff academic requirements hindered their chance of contending for a national title.

All that talk disappeared on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor when Notre Dame beat a listless Michigan team 17-10 in a game that was not as close as the score indicates. The evidence seems obvious that Weis, who never played football at Notre Dame, somewhere along the line became a football offensive genius. (Notice the two adjectives before the word genius. Einstein needs none.)