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    Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    How do our WRs match up against the Notre Dame secondary? They seemed to do decent job against the USCw receivers. Does anyone have any insight on this (one-on-one matchups, defensive schemes, etc.)?

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    Re: Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    I felt like if Barkley had played, USC could have been more aggressive with their passing game. With Wittek starting, they tried to be more possession-based in their passing rather than attacking. ND's DBs are their relative weakness but they do tackle well in space. They get burned some but they don't allow things like screens or short hooks and slants to turn into big yardage.

    I feel like they are more like the secondary of our better defenses ('09 and '11). People overrate the occasional coverage bust they have in an always shifting and checking 3-4 scheme while underrating their overall good play. They give up more yards than us - nearing 200 yards - but they are similarly stout in terms of passing efficiency defense which gives credence to how I've seen them play. Their relative weakness isn't that much of a weakness...we aren't likely to throw short passes that WRs can turn into big gain. They force you to put the ball in the air a good distance to get chunk passing yards which is always the least efficient way to operate as a passing offense. As an offense, you love it when your QB can throw it 5-10 yards and the receivers do the rest for 20+ yard play.

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    Re: Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    To be fair, they didn't have to do much against the USCw receivers. First, they were playing against Freshman, backup Quarterback making his first college start. Second, and probably more importantly, USCw was working with a patch-work Offensive Line. Since the Defensive Line is one of the Irish's biggest strengths, both the USCw and Notre Dame coaching staffs knew that the Trojans wouldn't have much time to throw.

    Add all that up and you get a much more run-heavy game-plan by USCw than the Trojans are used to running as well as a much easier job for the Irish Secondary.
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    Re: Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    As inaccurate as AJ has been of late on the short throws, he has been incredibly accurate on his deep throws.

    I honestly see us running the ball right down Notre Dame's throat. If Pitt could do it, we will most definately do it.

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    Re: Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    I think I saw about 4 PI calls against ND in the few minutes of the USC game I watched. As of now, I'm not sure Bama will do anything different: run, run, run, run, run, PA deep to Coop.
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    Re: Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    I think I saw about 4 PI calls against ND in the few minutes of the USC game I watched. As of now, I'm not sure Bama will do anything different: run, run, run, run, run, PA deep to Coop.
    With 5 weeks of rest I would pound the ball until ND showed they could consistently stop it.
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    Re: Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamabuzzard View Post
    With 5 weeks of rest I would pound the ball until ND showed they could consistently stop it.
    Shh... Our Irish guests will come tell you that they'll stop it right away.
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    Re: Bama WRs vs. Notre Dame DBs Discussion

    The speed in the Midwest just doesn't match up. I realize that ND recruits nationally, but they will be shocked by SEC speed.

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