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Provide evidence for your answer. I haven't seen them enough to make a judgment.
False. I think their front seven is one of the three best we will face this year, but if they cannot stop the run with seven in the box theyre in trouble because i do not believe they have the athletes in the secondary to go one on one with Cooper.
Athletically, no. LSU has faster, stronger, better personnel as a group. But ND, like Bama, plays great defense as a unit.
False. LSU's defense was by far superior. They just don't get the benefit of playing Navy, Pitt, Purdue, BYU, Mich St, Michigan...
Notre Dame faced 2 top 50 offenses all year: OU and Southern Cal. Both of those teams racked up big offensive rankings by blowing out bad defenses.
SC only ranked 37th in scoring and managed only 14 against Stanford
OU ranked 12th in scoring but was held to 19 against KSU, 24 against UTEP, and 24 against TCU.
It's also worth noting that the only two good offensive teams ND faced also rank HORRIBLY in scoring defense. Which also puts pressure on your offense...
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Agree & I will say UGA also better as a unit than ND based on athletic ability.
LSU and UGA are better at every position on defense than ND.
I think LSUs defense is a better unite than UGA, but when UGA plays as a unit they are very good. ND plays as a unit all the time, but my question is...will we be the best offense they have played?...IMO Yes. They feasted on USC because they made them one dimensional, and they play very soft up front and they didnt have to put many in the box to stop them. They have played 0 teams with a rushing attack
False, talent wise they're not in the same ballpark as LSU, Georgia, & our defense that we practice against everyday. They do have the best defensive player in Monti Te'O that we will face all year. IMO
True from my view. Number six in total defense and number 4 in rushing defense. They give up just over 3 YPC on the ground and are number 12 in passing efficiency D with 6 YPA. 34 sacks on the season which is a great number.
LSU has a good argument as well but I think ND gets the edge. UGA doesn't belong in the discussion by any reasonable objective measure. They are not even close to the other two. They didn't play quite the schedule LSU played but they played Oklahoma and shut their running game down completely and held them to 13 points.
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False. ND, despite some good recruiting, looks very slow on the field. However, they are coached extremely well and do not make mistakes. With the exception of Oklahoma, they really haven't faced offensive juggernauts and got USC with a new starting QB. I'm also pretty convinced after looking at their schedule that they have not faced a team with a great OL or DL except for Stanford who got hosed in the call.
LSU, UGA, TA&M are all faster, with LSU being more physical. Speed kills and I don't think they have the team speed to get it done versus Bama.
That is impressive to me, and they did that on the road as well. I would guess Stanford has the offense that's most similar to ours, and ND handled them too (13 points, 272 total yards, 40 carries for 147 yards (3.7 ypc)).
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False. LSU is. They advantages that ND have is that it's a a hungry team with good senior leadership. They will give us a game. If we make a mistake or two, they can beat us. They are STINGY in the red zone too.
They have only given up 10 TD's in 12 games. That is impressive IMO.
Paragraphs with strong topic sentences are nothing to laugh at, son.
I'm not sure ND beats SC with Barkley in.
Look at the stats vs Michigan since that is the only comparison there is. Michigan outgained them, ND also only scored 13 and struggled to beat them while we could have beaten them worse if we had wanted but CNS called off the dogs when we got up on them by 4 TDs.
The national championship game is Alabama/Michigan II
Matt Barkley not being in the game was probably a bigger factor in USC being one dimensional against ND than ND's defense. The luck of the Irish..
They have the best individual player in Manti Teo we will have seen and thats somewhat debatable (Jarvis Jones).
They are as good as run defense as LSU is though. They are much better than UGA is at stopping the run. They are not as good as LSU or UGA in pass defense but they are still very good at it and Teo, a LB, leads their team in INTs with 7.
Our gameplan should be similar to that which we used against LSU in last year's game. Maybe a little more run-oriented early on to set up some of those play action passes. I get the feeling that Kelly believes his team can play 7 in the box and stop our run. If he's right, they'll win the game. If he's wrong, we'll have a 1 on 1 with either Norwood, Jones, or Cooper and have an opportunity to get a quick 6 here and there.
False. Top 5 maybe, have to see how well they handle not just "the run" but "our run". Difference in the two statements.
I would put them about 3rd IMO. I would have LSU and UGA ahead of them. Their front is pretty good but they haven't really faced a power team other than Stanford (who isn't close to Bama IMO) and the backend is bad.
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