"We have an opponent in this state that we work every day, 365 days a year, to dominate."
They're talking about run defense. BYU has the #2 ranked run defense in terms of yards/game and yards/carry given up....behind Alabama.
Stanford ranked #3 in yards/game and #5 in yards/carry... and Michigan St. #8 in yards/game and #15 in yards/carry.
I think Alabama fans understand how skewed some of these rush defense statistics can be (see Texas 2009, etc.)
And that was the same year that ND beat 7-5 unranked Miami 33-14 in the Sun Bowl.Oh and by the way... the worst Nick Saban team of the past 5 years beat the best Michigan State team of the past 40 years 49-7.
Florida State had one of the best run defenses in the nation until they played Florida, who can't even efficiently pass the football. I just don't respect most conference's run defense numbers until I see them play a physical SEC team. Call me a homer, but I just don't...I've seen this song and dance one too many times (Texas '09 and Mich. St '10 for us) to buy in without question.
Notre Dame is the closest team to mimicking the tennets of championship football of any team an SEC team has played in the recent title run. I respect that and it should make for a tough game for us. I'd expect something like the LSU game.
The team was more than good enough to contend for titles but Richardson got hurt on the TD that put us up 7-3 against LSU...and the run game disappeared for the rest of the regular season. USC just caught us at a good time. LSU and Auburn wouldn't have beat us with a healthy group of tailbacks (Ingram was hobbled that whole season even after returning).
Notre Dame gashed them for 94 yards rushing, we squeaked out 232.
But, Notre Dame does have a much better passing game than we do, so...
Notre Dame 145 yards passing, Alabama 199 yards passing.
Victory... does not depend entirely upon numbers or mere courage; only skill and discipline will insure it. - Vegetius
"I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
-- Coach Bryant
"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson
Golson has improved, but not to the extent to be able to take over this game and win it...not by any stretch...
Our defense looks to be a much tougher matchup for their offense than their defense for ours...
I think that it will be a really good game, and a great matchup of our offensive line against a pretty good defensive team...but i DO NOT see them using the TAMU game as a model to beat us..
they dont have the same race horse (manzeil) to bring out of the stable...
But, in their defense, what would a Notre Dame fan say? that they have no chance?
I've always liked the fact that ND has always been so full of themselves.
They and the nations sports writers are sure to prop them up big time...
(Gives them further to fall)
ND has 'Touch Down Jesus'... We have Coach Saban.
ND is counting on history... We are counting on Alabama Football.
# 15 is coming in January...