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on CSS today. I don't know if most of you are familiar with my posts, but I'm not a BAMA sunshine pumper exclusively. I try to call things as I see them. With that being said, there is no way ND should have a chance of beating us! Their vaunted defense would be about the 7th best in our conference. They have 3 defensive players that would see playing time for us & 1 would start. They play a ton of zone coverage with M. Teo being in coverage a lot. He can be caught in no man's land with good play action and draws. If you run directly at him he isn't monumentally tough b/c the traffic limits his ability to read blocks. That is his major strength. He reads pulling guards and tackles EXTREMELY fast and is able to disrupt running plays by jumping gaps created by linemen moving. However, not the dominating force I expected with him being a " Heisman Finalist". E. Golston (sp?) can't read defenses to save his life. Which we all know is a recipe for disaster against BAMA. For all those worried about ND's tight end. He is talented, but the QB limits his effectiveness due to not being able to read coverages. He knows where he is going with the ball pre-snap. I should say, he knows where he is going with it before he leaves the huddle. He is better than Jordan Jefferson running, but isn't quite as good of a passer. Which should tell you a ton. No physical running backs like LSU. Their offensive line is fundamentally sound, but not physical nor very athletic. If ND scores more than 9 offensive points, I will be shocked beyond belief.
The 3 best teams they played... Stanford should've been up on ND by 24-3 at the end of the 3rd quarter of their game. Too many dropped balls by wide open receivers that stopped drives. Michigan could've beaten them easily with their new starting QB. USC routs them if Barkley is playing. Take it with a "grade of saw" or "consider the sauce", but BAMA wins by 24 points.
I sure hope you're right.
You get out of it what you put into it!
I have downloaded and watched every Notre Dame this season, and I have said what you said several times. I have said repeatedly that I would be shocked if Notre Dame's offense finds the end zone in this game. This is basically the Michigan game all over again. And from what I have seen of their defense, they have no shot of stopping a multidimensional offense like ours. Our offense will be the best offense they've faced all season . . . by far, and our defense will be the best defense they've face all season . . . by far. This game will be a complete blow out. I think this game will fall somewhere between the Michigan blowout and the Michigan State blowout.
Your statement about the their defense against a multi dimensional offense is what I kept saying when watching them.
If we get through the initial emotion of the game, I dont see it close either. If they get some "mo" early and we have to fight I believe it could be close with Bama in the 4th taking over and dominating.
No early "mo" - Bama 35 - ND 10
Early "mo" - Bama 24 - ND 17
Burn baby burn. & Go to hell tennessee
Look over Notre Dame's entire schedule and point to one team that is a true threat in both the running and passing games. The closest thing you will find is Oklahoma and USC both of whom have atrocious offensive line play. And of course we all know USC was also playing without their starting QB.
I say this every year when non-SEC teams face SEC teams in the national championship game. These non-SEC teams are simply not use to playing against the size, strength and athleticism that SEC teams have in the trenches. And the reason their not use to it is because they've never done it. Moreover, it is something that simply cannot replicated in practice. So unless Notre Dame is practicing against the offensive line of the Chicago Bears, the first time they will see an offensive line of our caliber will be in the national championship game, and that is no time for acclimation. On the other hand, our offense line is very accustomed to playing against elite college level front 7s. Notre Dame's front 7 will not present any challenge that our offensive line has not seen before, and is not well prepared to handle.
Yes, Notre Dame's front 7 is legit, but it goes without saying that they have not faced an offensive line anywhere close to the level of what they will see on January 7th, nor have they seen the likes of Lacy and Yeldon running behind such a line. After watching every game both teams have played this season, I have little doubt that we'll be able to run the ball effectively. Add in the mismatch of our receivers versus their secondary, and I think we'll move the ball relatively easily. To me the big question is will we be able to get the ball in the end zone, or will this be a repeat of last season's national championship game where we had to settle for 5 field goals. Although we've improved quite a bit scoring touchdowns in the red zone this season, I still think it is somewhat of a weakness for us, and their red zone defense is definitely a strength for them.
The bottom line is I think a lot of uncanny things would have to go wrong for us for this to be a competitive game.
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