Saturday, October 31, 2009
Neat for those in Texas, sure. For those who like to take in a weekend in South Bend, this is one that can't be spent there yet count as a home game in every other regard. What to expect in the coming hours from the Alamodome?
Washington State is a very talent-deprived college football team. They rank in the bottom twenty of nearly every defensive category, Notre Dame should have no problems moving the football.
Expect the Irish to come out throwing the ball more than usual early on. Notre Dame will be without Armando Allen this evening and Robbie Parris sounds like he won't be able to go, either. Robert Hughes will get the bulk of carries for ND while we should see plenty of Jonas Gray as well.
This is a game that Notre Dame should blow out the competition. Its not that I'm looking past Washington State, its the fact that in all regards the Irish have much more talent.
4 of 7 times this season the Cougars have allowed more than 30 points in a game. In two more they have allowed 38 and 39, Notre Dame will put up points, look for Charlie Weis to try and help Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate out in the area of postseason awards. He will try to let those two both make plays tonight not only to win, but to pad some stats along the way.
Weak preview, I'm well aware. Needed to get something up and had a very very busy week, please don't hate me.
Nick (6-1): ND 48 Washington State 7
Mark (6-1): ND 38 Washington State 13
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Kyle Rudolph misses Michael Floyd more then Jimmy Clausen does.
Robbie Toma is a surprise right?
Kyle McCarthy as good as he ever was. Let's hope Dan is at least half as good as his brother.
Did anyone see the end of the Iowa Michigan State game? Iowa used all four downs to go for and get the win...
Armando Allen is a consistent if not spectacular back.
I could have sworn I heard Chris Tucker from Friday after Robert Hughes got hit on the fourth and goal play.
Golden Tate is making a case for his own invitation to New York.
Perhaps Notre Dame should make all their baseball players try out for the football team.
Manti T'eo just makes things happen, he's so much fun to watch.
The run defense actually seemed like it was good this week instead of just benefiting from the awfulness of the pass defense, although that helped.
How good was the last touchdown pass from Jimmy? I didn't think that pass was making it past the line backer.
These close fourth quarters are barely fazing me now, I think I'm getting used to them.
So this is what it's like to have a reliable kicker. I like it. Slick Nick Tausch.
Duval Kamara played his best game since his freshman year, more of that please.
The lack of turnovers on offense is nearly as big a deal as causing the turnovers on defense.
That was an atrocious first half, worst of the season at least offensively.
Robby Parris is everything a football player should be.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
They can do that but they won't. Irish in another squeaker...
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Remember the Purdue game, run that play again. TWICE!!!!
The running game was virtually non-existent.
John Goodman has to throw a pass out of the WildCat otherwise there is no reason to have him there.
Jimmy did what he had to do in the second half, but the first half was empty.
The defense finally showed up in the fourth quarter.
I knew what USC was running on almost every big play they had. How does Tenuta not know that.
Why is the defensive backfield not able to cover anyone?
Let alone a tight end?
Golden Tate still awesome.
Kyle Rudolph needs the ball.
The offensive line was plainly awful in the first half or three quarters of the game.
On a day when every opponent played well this was the day for the Irish to step up. (Washington late)
Figuring out when Manti T'eo takes his mission is going to be a big deal.
I don't want to hear any what if's about Michael Floyd.
I don't want to hear about twelve seconds either. I'm already sick of it.
John Tenuta is not helping things. At all.
This team seems like they will play a close game with every team ranked from #5 to #65. I don't think that's a good thing.
I'm disgusted with the losses to rivals but I don't think Weis' job is at stake right now.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Notre Dame Football
After all is said and done at about 8pm this coming Saturday night, the future will be clear. Charlie Weis’ internship will be over. No more excuses of youth, no more excuses of inexperienced coaches, no more excuses about lacking team depth. When Notre Dame defeats Southern Cal this weekend the turn will be complete. The process that Charlie Weis, the alumni, the fans, and everyone associated with Notre Dame football started four years ago will be back on track. The painful Beginning we have all endured the last four years will be over. It will then be time to build again. Build a name, build a reputation, build a dynasty.
Our detractors say we cant live in the past. It is time to build a present. A here. A now. It is time to put Notre Dame back on the map where she belongs. In the elite heap at the top. It is a call to arms for all. The coaches, the players, and I think to an extent, most importantly the fans. It has been said as of late that playing in South Bend offers no home field advantage.
It has been said that Notre Dame stadium is full of an older generation that is content sitting on their hands to watch football. This is unacceptable. Have you ever seen a game at “The Swamp” or the game this past weekend at LSU? There is no sitting. I equate it to the famous line by Tom Hanks back in the day, “There is no crying in baseball”. Well “There is no sitting at big time college football games”. Implore your fellow fans to stand and cheer and put as much effort into the game as we are asking our young men on the field to. No matter their age. And if they are too old, tell them you are sincerely sorry, but you are about to go nuts. And scream and clap and stomp like your life depended on it.
I’ve been told before to calm down because there is more to life than football, and that is true. But not on a Saturday in South Bend. Football is Life. That’s how I’ve always known it and that is what we need to get back to.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Golden Tate seems pretty good.
The defense was so good on the goal line because they didn't actually have to wrap anyone up, they just had to stop their momentum.
That being said three goal line stands is a bit ridiculous. Hopefully that's a turning point for the season.
I understand Jake Locker taking the sack in overtime in order to get away from the loud noise of the student section, but it didn't quite work out.
Steve Sarkisian and Locker did a terrible job of running the clock down after the touchdown got reversed. They were snapping the ball with plenty of time on the play clock.
Charlie Weis has done a great job of getting Golden Tate the ball and making the defense react to him instead of him reacting to the defense.
Not a bad job by a freshman punter in a terrible weather condition in his first game.
Field goals aren't going to cut it against USC, but it's nice to know that three points are nearly guaranteed every time Nick Tausch lines up.
Kyle McCarthy sure can hit somebody.
The cornerbacks are not as good as advertised.
Robby Parris and Shaq seem to have moved past Duval Kamara, even if Charlie claims it's because of his knee.
Rudy 2.0. Bigger, faster, stronger. Kyle Rudolph could probably help Mike Brey in the off-season.
I don't understand roll outs near the end zone. Grouping all the receivers together in a small area seems like disaster waiting to happen.
Manti T'eo sure knows how to make an impression.
Were the officials testing out calls they never make just to make sure they still work?
If Washington doesn't get the gift touchdown from Clausen I don't think the game is close.
Kyle McCarthy should have intercepted the ball at the end of regulation, but I guess that's why he plays defense.
I got a kick out of Golden Tate firing his gloves to the Washington sideline because they were wet after making the bobbling catch in the third quarter.
Bring on the bye week... oh and USC.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
"What Tho the Odds Be Great or Small, Ol' Notre Dame Will Win Overall"
It isn't supposed to be this hard to win a game, is it? For the fourth week in a row a Notre Dame game was decided in the final minute, this time in overtime as the Irish upstaged Washington 37-30 in South Bend. As well as Notre Dame played late, lapses nearly cost them a win against the Huskies.
We all saw the game, many will argue that Notre Dame didn't deserve to win. Perhaps many think that because the lack of red zone scoring the Irish had on Saturday, leaving plenty of points off the scoreboard. However, the defense stepped up and made six consecutive stops inside the five yard line that allowed for an eventual victory.
My main thoughts from the game:
Golden Tate is a playmaker and a half. He may not have the same NFL potential as Michael Floyd does when healthy, but with the ball he runs hard enough with his body leaving little chance to get two hands on, leaving him very hard to bring down at the college level. Without him the Irish lose this afternoon.
Jimmy Clausen has turned into amongst the most clutch quarterbacks in the country. Sure, his latest comebacks have been against Purdue and Washington but they are comeback victories against BCS conference teams that have kept Notre Dame's dreams of the BCS alive.
Robert Hughes has been the greatest surprise to me over the past two weeks. 8 carries for 70 yards today, including the game-winning touchdown. We also can't forget his two point conversion late in regulation, without that this game doesn't see overtime. He has made us quickly forget who Jonas Gray is...for the time being.
The Notre Dame defense stepped up and made major plays down the stretch to give Notre Dame a chance. With that said, Washington running quarterback sneaks without a running back in the backfield was an awful idea by the Huskies. Sure we complain about the "Bush Push" but reality is that penalty is never called, Sarkisian should have given his quarterback a bit more of a chance at the end zone late.
Golden Tate is a playmaker (see above) but he is going to get a taunting call by the end of the season if his celebrations on first downs are kept up.
This game turns out entirely different without the wet-field. Despite throwing for 422 yards, the wet field/rain got the best of J-C in the first half, keeping his and Notre Dame's first half numbers at a minimum.
Golden Tate had 275 total yards today...think about that for a moment.
Tenuta's defense made a stop when they needed to at most, keeping Washington out of the end zone late, twice. However, they struggle with disguising the blitz. Its easy for an untrained football eye to tell where pressure is coming from, let alone college quarterbacks/coaching staffs.
Robert Blanton one day be a star at Notre Dame but he had a rough afternoon on Saturday.
2-10 on third down today for the Irish, not as bad as USC did against Washington but bad enough to nearly cost ND a win. That number must be better against USC if the Irish hope to pull an upset.
Charlie Weis chose to play more conservatively and not attempt any fourth downs today after taking heat for failing a fourth and long a week ago.
Manti T'eo is starting to show why he is going to be a very special player at Notre Dame. He and Brian Smith had excellent performances.
Was anyone else watching through NBC in Chicago? At the start of overtime the crew for some reason went to a black screen with the peacock on it for two minutes before coming back to the game, only to leave it for two more minutes in order to air part of Access Hollywood. In that time the Golden Tate overtime reception took place, coming back from Access Hollywood all I saw was Tate doing a summer-sault during a replay, I thought for sure he had fumbled as NBC Chicago cut away. Someone likely lost a job over that...
Two weeks to get healthy/ready for USC before the Trojans come-a-calling. USC hasn't allowed a passing touchdown in 2009...time for that to change!
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