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I missed just about all of the game. Wanted to get opinions on how Pitt was able to score the points they did against their defense. Know they have a good tight end as well. what best way to stop him. Sure Bama has watched the Pitt game several times as well as Notre Dame.
They ran the football right at them and out-physicaled them at the point of attack.
Well that sure is good to know.. Thats what we do best.. I was wondering how they ran, Pitt isnt quite the team known for running the ball or nearly beating Notra Dame..
Was that the game that Nix was out sick?
Hard to get up for games against crappy teams. Remember that ND hasn't been there with their current players and had a letdown game. Still, they pulled it out. Will refrain from UT 2009 comparison since some think that is preposterous.
Notre Dame has played to the level of their competition all year except for Oklahoma and they showed up and dominated...they will again play to the level of their opponent when they play us so we better be ready for a 4 quarter game because that is what we are going to get from them.
It was 13-13 until 5:05 left in the 4th quarter against OU. ND had 24 more yards and 4 fewer 1st downs.
OU dropped an easy pass at midfield that led to a score, then OU had to go for it on 4th down from their own 20 - which led to the other score. That's not exactly dominating.
I am pretty sure Nix played against Pitt.
Yeah, basically, Pitt executed their run game really well and relied on high efficiency passing. That's basically it. It was about as vanilla as a team could be.
I'll be honest though, this ND team does remind me an awful lot of Ohio State back in 2002. Although, then again, the Big 10 was a hell of a lot better in 2002 than it is today, but they're very similar teams.
It is a good analogy if you are comparing it to one game. The problem is when people compare it to the 6 games ND had that way.
If yo use it for Pitt you can't use it for half their season.
If giving up over 400 yards of offense and scoring less than 30 points against a finesse team is dominating then you are right.
And that OSU team was much more talented than this ND team.
I made the same comparison not long ago, but they seem to be a lot like UF this year
Eat clean. Train Hard.
People need to stop bringing up the Pitt game. We get mad about people pointing to the aTm game because we were coming off the LSU battle. Well ND just scored their biggest win in 2 decades at Oklahoma the week before. Both were letdown games. They barely won theirs and we barely lost ours. But the Pitt game isn't a proper example of this ND team anymore than the A&M is a proper example of Bama.
I would say the UF comparison is a better one but I would say both UF and OSU have/had much more talent than ND has. I would also say both UF and OSU were/are much better in the secondary and have/had a much better down hill, physical back.
OSU also had more talent at the skill positions.
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Should we use Stanford, UM, Purdue, or BYU then? Or USC without their qb?
The one game that was impressive for ND this year and the game I thought they played the best was against OKL. Good win and ND played as well as they possibly could. With that said OKL is not that good of a team IMO. They are also built nothing like Bama so that is not a good comparison game.
Teams that are more comparable to Bama are Pitt, BYU, and Stanford. Physical teams that do not rely on the pass.
Hope we dominate
Pitt used alot of counters, got defense flowing and cut back and broke several big runs, threw short safe passes on 1st down to keep them off balance.
ND praise for goaline defense is a result of loading box and bringing everyone. A pass on an early down will catch them out of position and result in TD.
I expect to get their best shot, but similar to SECCG, about 2 1/2 qtrs is all anyone wants from our power running game. Avoid turnovers and penalties, and wear them down. They are talented, but don't have the necessary depth to go 4 quarters with a physically dominating team. #15 is coming and coming soon.
Stanford, I guess is a good barometer for how they match up with us. I just don't think the Pitt game is. Their fans are doing the same thing. They're looking at aTm and saying because JM ran around and made plays then so will Gholston. It's going to be a rude awakening for them. However they are better than what they showed against Pitt. I just don't want people getting lulled into a false sense of what they are. They are a pretty good team.
Vince Lombardi was asked how it felt to have the best football team in the world. He replied, I don't know. We haven't played Alabama yet.
You have to remember that The Stanford team hat Notre Dame played isn't the same one that Oregon played. The hogan kid didn't play against ND, they could only run the ball, they had no passing game.
Agreed. I've said it before but if we take them lightly (the Alabama team) then we could be in for a tough game. The longer they hang around the more confidence they get and the more a TO hurts (duh).
If we come out with the same mindset as we did against MSU, UM, and LSU (the last 3 games we have played with time off) then we route them IMO. They try to win in a fashion similar to Bama's but don't have the talent nor the coaching Bama does. They have to get a lot of breaks and hope Bama comes out flat to win IMO.
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