As for the comparisons to Manziel - it is beyond absurd to continue to compare the two. Only in ND fans' dreams is Golson in his area code.
You didn't read my post clearly if you inferred I was comparing Golson to Manziel in terms of their respective abilities. I didn't say he was better than Manziel (I didn't say he wasn't better either). I said he was more like Manziel than any QB you faced this year. This is a true statement. I was speaking about his running ability and his elusiveness for the most part.
When you have an O Line like Bama, you don't have to rely on a "clutch" throw.
So what if he makes "clutch" throws if you punt two downs later.
How many of these "clutch" throws was a TD or won a game for ND?
That's the paradox of success. The moment you stop to enjoy it, you are in trouble. You have to keep moving forward. It's not what you have done that's important. It's where you are going.— Alabama Coach Nick Saban
Tell me, has anyone bought this line of thinking on the ND boards?
In regards to Kelly, one of the first things he said about trying to prepare for the game was requesting a new opponent. I think he has a lot of respect for the Tide and knows the daunting challenge ahead.
Also, the Bama defense did face another highly regarded running QB in Denard Robinson and did fairly well against him. After the 1st Qtr Manziel onslaught, the defense adjusted and held him in check for the most part. As a Bama fan, I can certainly say that I feel much better about facing a running Golson now after being somewhat embarrassed by Manziel at home. I'm pretty sure that the coaches & players are putting forth extra time and effort to ensure that does not happen again. Well shall see on January 7th!
Golson is a true freshman with no championship experience going up against a team whose seniors have won two national titles.
He is also going to be matching wits with Coach Saban, who, at Bama has coached bowl games and championship games and has not only soundly defeated but completely dumb founded Quarterbacks like Tim Tebow and Kirk Cousins.
I like Golson and respect Notre Dame but they have faced no team this season like they're running into next Monday....not even close.