|Manti Te'o salutes the Notre Dame crowd before leaving the game. (US Presswire)|
WHY NOTRE DAME WON: Combine the talent disparity between these two teams and the emotion of Senior Day in South Bend -- Manti Te'o's final home game at Notre Dame -- and Wake Forest never really had a chance.
Notre Dame racked up 584 yards of offense on the day, and did so even after easing up on the accelerator in the second half. On defense, the Irish held Wake Forest to only 209 yards of offense. Everett Golson had his greatest day as a passer, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns while Cierre Wood rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown of his own. T.J. Jones, Tyler Eifert and John Goodman all finished with touchdown catches for the Irish.
WHEN NOTRE DAME WON: Cierre Wood broke off a 68-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game, and even with more than 58 minutes still to play, you knew that Wake Forest was in for a long afternoon.
WHAT NOTRE DAME WON: It's still in the title conversation. A 38-0 win over Wake Forest isn't going to do enough to help the Irish leapfrog Kansas State or Oregon if both those teams keep winning, but all Notre Dame can do right now is keep winning and hope one of those teams falls. The Irish are taking care of their business.
WHAT WAKE FOREST LOST: Wake Forest can still qualify for a bowl game next week by beating Vanderbilt, so this loss wasn't devastating, but spoiling Notre Dame's season would have been a nice feather in the cap.
THAT WAS CRAZY: Notre Dame played in a game in which it was a 28 1/2-point favorite and it actually covered the spread.