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I understand that both teams have great defenses but we match up better with ND at every position than they do us. I just dont see how they are so dang confident that they roll us.
Convince me why this will end any differently than Michigan, Michigan state, Clemson, Virginia tech, ect did. All were hyped and thought to be a tough out for bama, yet bama cruised to the victory.
After dealing with Ms St fans this year I'm never going to be surprised about this again. It's just the nature of fans to think that their team has all of the answers for what the other team does and that the other team has no shot of stopping what they do.
Poor bastards getting off the bus in Tuscaloosa will probably feel like those dumped on Omaha Beach - Unknown Vol's fan
Not far fetched to think it will be a low scoring game. Personally I think it will be 24-14 somewhere in that range but a 14-10 type score wouldn't shock me either.
The funny thing is they don't think we can run on them. They have nice stats but they haven't seen the kind of OL that we have, both big and athletic. And 2 RBs who are both as good as anyone they've seen this year.
If they stack the box and take their chances with AJ, they can limit it but if they try to play straight up they will get worn down and mashed in the second half.
I find two things funny about that thread ...
1 - that Holtz and ND fans compare Golson to Manziel. "He's not Johnny Manziel but he's pretty darn close." WTF. OK, for people that like facts:
Golson: 2,135 yards passing, 11 TDs, 5 INTs, 305 yards rushing, 5 TDs.
Manziel: 3,419 yards, 24 TDs, 8 INTs, 1,181 yards rushing 19 TDs.
That's 4,600 yards and 43 TDs to 2,440 yards and 16 TDs. That, folks, is delusional.
2 - that any ND fan would compare this game to anything that happened in the 1970s. Absolutely silly.
I think for them....we would have to have lived through this season, every game and how its played out to understand where their coming from. No one, expected this season out of ND, and if the fans were truthful not even they expected this. Not this soon under CBK. But the way they have won so many games, a few seemingly lost, the fans start to believe in something is happening beyond typical wins and losses (even though its still a game played between the lines). They are known for believing in the Luck of the Irish....blah blah blah. You do have to see some craziness about this year.
The Pitt game where a field goal is being kicked for their first loss. He misses, something he was great at all game and all season. The Standford game and several others. They have been told by most everyone they could not go to OU and win - yet they did. They could not beat Standford - cough cough well the record books say they did. They could not run the table, they did. They have started believing its destiny.
Add one more crazy thing about this year - they have been BAD for years now. Not even close to Championship level. Now, they have a new coach in his 3rd year - 3rd year....I repeat that because the last 3 actually I think its the last 4 ND coaches to win their first National Championship at ND won it in their - yep 3rd year. Putting all this together along with the team they do have which isn't bad by any stretch....
They believe its destiny all the way. Its ND and Touchdown Jesus is on their side - the Luck of the Irish and such They like any fan base who has won every game starts to believe they can't be beat. Makes it sweeter when it happens
Great stats! After watching CFB all season this year, I really cant imagine how Lou still has a job. Not only is he the biggest homer I have ever seen, he cant speak english and just rants around like an old senile man.
Alabama will put together AT LEAST 4 methodical drives. That should net us 20-24 points. Throw in a deep ball or two and we could easily score 31-35.
ND will not drive the ball 60+ yards on us more than 2x. So unless they come up with turnovers or special teams plays they will struggle to score more than 14.
Its just that simple.
Good lord, let this game happen already. I am more anxious for this game than any other championship game to date. I just can see our offensive line not taking over by the middle of the 2nd QTR. One thing about AJ, he normally shows up for the big one. Amari, no one has held him in check to date. I do not expect anything abnormal to happen in this game. Bama will assert thier will on the offensive line.
I dont think they will stack the box early. They will try and stop the run with 7 in the box first. Thats been their MO all year. They like to protect their young corners with safety help over the top. If they cannot stop the run with seven, Cooper will torch any of their DB one on one.
I agree with you, but you are missing something. As much as I would like for him to be more consistant from a week to week bases, THIS is the type of game that Norwood usually makes a big impact for. If we can get Norwood AND Coop rolling, then that sets us up big time for our ground game and being balanced.
What I can't wait to see is our 1st offensive goal line series. I think that will be the "statement" of the game, by both sides. I notice we have not seen the quick play action pass to Williams since the UT game....
Eat clean. Train Hard.
I'm more worried about their tight end being covered by Sunseri than any other matchup.
This is pretty easy to see really. All year, they have done a great job stopping the run with the front seven. They play their safeties 15 yards deep. No one can go deep on them. It is hard to sustain drives against them if you can't run and have to throw short. When teams get to the red zone and it is time to mash, no one has mashed. I guess BC and Wake Forest just aren't built that way. Then they get lucky on O or put together two drives, one off of a turnover and they score 21 points and win.
Theydon't think thieir streak is luck, they see it as design. They see the design as having worked against OU and Stanford. They think the formula plays out again. Its that simple.
Now, if we can run on them a little early and use that to stimulate the short play action, we move the ball. That makes it easier to run more, and eventually they have to bring one safety up and, bang, you hit Cooper for six. Repeat cycle several times then hang your ND jersey out to dry. If you'd like, add in a 4th quarter of ground pounding just so they can all get their jerseys dirty.
i don't think people are giving notre dame enough credit. they are a tough tough team that matches up well against us. if we don't bring our A game, it could be a problem.
If they are going to keep the SS and FS 15 yards deep then we need to hit them with 10 yard slants. Work the 10-15 yard passes and make them come up. As soon as they do, throw to Cooper deep a few times. I think the TE passing game could be big here.
Or just pound them with the run until they have to bring them up. If we go big and put more men in the box than them i doubt they could stop it without bringing those safeties up, Then, like you said, Its cooper time.
I dont think people are selling them short. I think people see exatcly what they are. Thyere a really good deffense, who hasnt been tested in the run game like they will against us. They, like many teams, have some glaring weaknesses and we are just discussing how to best exploit those weaknesses. If you ask any true Bama fan about this game i think they would all tell you the same thing. We are confident, but just a tad nervous. This will be no cake walk but i think we match up better to them than they do to us.
on paper, we win in a close game. you can lose close games if you make mistakes. honestly, i can see this game going a lot like last year's championship game against LSU. the end result was a blowout, but alabama played a perfect game.
I honestly dont think its that close even on paper. If you compare our stats verses similar opponents, they were winning OT games against Pitt and skirting past Purdue and we were demolishing Tennessee and Mississippi State who would both probably beat Pitt and Purdue. If you look at their best win(Stanford) it probably should have been a loss. Compare common opponents and they put up 13 on Michigan when given 6 turnovers, while we completely destroyed them. Yes they have a very stingy defense, but their offense just isnt that good at scoring points, and thats where these two teams differ. I think we will be able to cash in on a few drives and they will have to settle for field goals.
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