OK Cornbread, if I may have a response:
Notre Dame beat you fair and square. What you are saying would be like me saying if we played Boston College or BYU 100 more times we'd win all of them. Probably true, we would come to play knowing they were for real and probably beat the piss out of them, but we didn't do it that time. That's what matters. I wouldn't be so quick to say you would blowout ND if they played again, especially if you believe what you posted earlier about ND playing to the level of their competition.
About 9 being an insult, this sort of thing happens all the time in College football. I don't think that UTEP (AP Poll) or Northern Illinois (Coaches Poll) are better than ND. Heck, It's almost just as insulting that Utah, Boise State, Virginia Tech are ranked higher than us, but if the two teams don't play, the only thing they base their rankings on is overall record and opponents. It's BS, but it's the nature of the beast.