"Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski, Gran Torino
Well, I still haven't bought into ND but, maybe I'm still wearing my crimson colored glasses. I've only seen them play in 2 games and I wasn't overly impressed. They've had some great goal line stands but most decent teams have been able to move the ball against them. They have a good defense but, it is not the best Bama has seen this year. There offense though, is no where near the best we've seen. I'd rank LSU, UGA and A&M ahead of ND, there offense just doesn't scare me. Let me put it this way; ND hasn't face a team anywhere near as good as Bama this year but, Bama has faced 3 teams that are just as good, if not better then ND... IMO.
Notre dame does not have anywhere near the team speed defensively to slow down your rushing attack. I think tj yeldon is going to be a major contributor in this game. Depending upon how many carries he gets,i definitely think he goes for well over one hundred yards in this game. Also i look for the tide to throw yeldon some short passes and screen passes coming out of the backfield to try and get him the ball in space where he can make guys miss tackles. One thing i also noticed about tjy was that not only does he have awesome cutback ability,he is also deceptively strong. His ability to not only make the first guy miss but also to break multiple arm tackles is top notch. Notre dame has not seen the caliber of backs they are about to face in this one. To sum it up,in my opinion,notre dame is just to slow defensively. I also think big game inexperience and youth at qb(gholston)is gonna be a big problem for them. I look for gholston to commit more than a couple turnovers. Coaches saban and and smart have a lot of looks defensively that are gonna dumbfound that young qb. They are experts at disguising both coverage and blitz packages,lol,i foresee a long day for gholston.
Uga only scored less than 20 once against Florida which had one of the top defenses in the country. Ug'a next lowest point total was 28 against Alabama. Uga has a 3 year starter who despite some mistakes can be very good. They also have a running back who is better than anything Notre Dame has. Gurley is a straight beast and was tearing us up for much of the game. Whoops left out USC game where they scored 7, but who the heck knows what happened in that game.
I see that their yardage numbers are high but looking at their scoring output makes me question people who think this is some sort of elite offense. Georgia was 18th in the country at 37.2 ppg Notre Dame is 76th at 26.8 ppg. To me that is not equal.
Last edited by RollTide1224; December 10th, 2012 at 03:38 PM.
to be fair, I don't think anybody said that their offense is elite. they moved the ball well between the 20s , but have difficulties finishing drives. but I do agreed with you, UGA offense is light years ahead of ND.I see that their yardage numbers are high but looking at their scoring output makes me question people who think this is some sort of elite offense. Georgia was 18th in the country at 37.2 ppg Notre Dame is 76th at 26.8 ppg. To me that is not equal.
QBs who can run give Alabama trouble. I worry about the ND QB extending plays and drives with his legs. I hope Vinnie will come up to meet him early in the game. The TE is trouble, so jam him at the line.
Throw long to Cooper early to get them to worry about him. The Alabama O line will win this NC.
I have a lifelong desire to not watch any ND game. (with the exception of 4-5...In each of those, their opponent wore Crimson...)
But since I was slow on the remote control & to me any college football is better than none, I've seen a bit of them this year. Lot of heart & desire, plus some size.
Generally though, given at least equal talent + something to play for, and given a month to prepare, I like our chances against anyone.
"Let's see when we get a full body of work at the end of the season. If you get satisfied and you fall in love with yourself, you get complacent and lose your desire."
I don't think their QB is anything to worry about. I think the "Alabama has trouble with mobile QBs" thing is mostly wrong. Cam Newton was the best college player ever, and they held him to nothing for most of the game. I still think that game was more about losing concentration than anything else. And as for Manziel, he didn't do much with his legs in the second half. Both of those guys were heisman winners too. Golson is a decent player, but I've watched some of their games and he's nowhere near the threat that those two are.