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No one prepares better than CNS. However, CBK loves to use 2 qbs. The 2 ND qbs remind me alot of 2011 LSU which caused bama problems in the november game due to such diverse skill sets. Is this ND's ace in the hole?
A couple differences. Jefferson hadn't played much going into that game so I'm sure Lee was the focus and we didn't have near the time to prepare for that game in the regular season as we will in this game.
The ONLY thing LSU had going for it in 2011 on offense was the element of surprise in that we simply didn't prepare for it at all. With time to prepare, it was comical to watch them try to run the option against that ridiculously good 2011 Bama D.
Anyway yea I don't see it as much of "ace in the hole". JM for example didn't beat us with his legs (though he did catch us out of position on a long run on third and long in the 1st quarter), you have to able to sit in the pocket and deliver against UA's D.
Not very impressive
If Reis gets in the game, it will be due to injury or desperation (i.e. Golson not working). Even if he does, we'll adjust just fine.
No flame, but he has bailed out ND in a few games throwing the ball and leading critical drives. The Purdue game is one specific case. Reis is not a mobile threat which is different than Colson (sp?). Different is hard to prep for. One poster did have a good point regarding amount of prep time. But, different can help even the talent gap.
Yes bama > purdue. But, ZM was having avg year at best before he had breakout game vs bama. This could happen with Reis if bama preps for Golson and sees something different with Reis. Preparing for 2 is more difficult than 1. Watching CBK since his UC days, it is a likelyhood we see both qbs. I hope this doesnt create problems for us.
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If you are game planning vs. CNS, do you plan to use 2 qbs and 2 distinct types of offense? Is this something CBK might see as an advantage?
Me personally I would not go with two guys, no way I would work on what would be two plans. A few plays in given situations like Tebow did when he was a frosh, sure, but to try and gain an advantage, no way. Keep in mind these guys are practicing and playing to a standard and while what they do is impacted by scheme and personnel, it isn't that much. It won't matter who plays QB for ND IMO...either, both, neither give us trouble.
Just trying to get into CBK's head. If Bama is indeed that much more talented as many say, then he will have to resort to some scheme instead of just lining up and matching up. Diversity might be his best scheme.
Maybe so but I see him thinking he matches up just fine. He's going to play us just like he played Stanford IMO. Problem is we have far superior athletes than Stanford has on both sides of the football.
You are probably right. Most coaches would try to play their own game. I wouldn't change what my team does at the end of the season. The "dance with who brung ya" idea. Thanks for the nice discussion. One final question: what do you think is the magic number of points for Bama at which point ND has no shot?
I might change my mind later but I'm thinking 17...we play a good game, turnover free...10...honestly anything can happen at 10 or less. I wasn't comfortable last year, really comfortable until Trent scored.
I was thinking anything less than 24 and anything might happen. No way ND scores 30 though. 30 will be tough for Bama to get if the offense goes to sleep for a quarter or turns it over.
I'm more worried about the Eiffert kid than anybody else on their team, including Teo. Eiffert is Jimmy Graham in a ND uniform. Big, physical, hard to cover. I don't believe we have anybody on our team that can simulate him.
Yeah, he will be tough. In several games, Golson was in trouble and just threw up ducks that Eiffert went up and got in a crowd. It happened so often it seems like it is by design, when in trouble throw it up.
No way. Tommy Reis makes jarrett Lee look like Aaron Rodgers. Then believe it or not I think Jordan Jefferson is more of a threat to us than Everett Golston. Golston is a supposed running quarterback, but honestly he doesn't like to run that much. He only has 300 something yards rushing for the year. The only threat with Golston is him being able to move the pocket on us and us not being able to get to him thus leaving us having to cover a guy like Eiferet for long periods of time. In the end, if Tommy Reis is in the game Notre Dame is in trouble, and we might be looking at another LSU type game in the championship where they dont cross the 50 till late in the 4th
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Eiffert is Def the matchup that scares me the most, but i wouldnt go comparing him to jimmy graham lol. Plus, Ide be much more scared of him if he had drew brees throwing him the ball lol. I watched him in several games and his blocking skills are lacking, but you are right, hes a matchup problem for vinnie. I think if we can get a corner like Geno on him we should be fine with him in coverage.
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