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Duranko’s Digest: Notre Dame – Alabama Preview

Brian Kelly and Notre Dame will meet Alabama on January 17th to determine this year’s National Champion.

We’ll get into matchup elements below, but let’s first examine four significant data trends that will, largely, be ignored by the sports entertainment hype industry wearing the “journalism” mask.

(1) An Inconvenient Tide Truth-The 2012 Bama defense is much more vulnerable than 2011’s.

We will compare the three “big” games in each season.  In 2011 Bama, with an easy SEC East rotation, looked to two divisional challengers in the SEC West, LSU and Arkansas. Now the Razorbacks had played in the 2011 Sugar Bowl. They had Tyler Wilson at quarterback, and were coached by Bobby Petrino, before, apparently, he read Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance” and Nabokov’s “Lolita.”

The Tide held Petrino’s scoring juggernaut to 14 points, 14 First Downs and 226 TOTAL YARDS!

In the regular season game against LSU, the Tigers got 15 first downs, 9 points and 239 total yards.

In the BCS championship rematch, the Tigers got 0 points, 5 first downs and 92 TOTAL YARDS.

Breathtaking and Suffocating. But then first rounders Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Donta Hightower, along with second rounder Courtney Upshaw graduated with two other defensive starters, 5th rounders Dequan Menzie and Josh Chapman. They didn’t just have great NFL “measurables” but they were, expecially Hightower, Kirkpatrick, Upshaw and Barron, GREAT college defenders.

Sure at Bama they prefer to reload rather than rebuild, but the defense that allowed 11 first downs, 7.6 points and a miserly 182 yards to its three biggest opponents is in the archive. The FORMER Tide defense.

This year, the Tide faced three BIG foes.  The rematch with LSU, the game with A&M and the SEC championship against Georgia.

LSU got 22 first downs and 435 yards on the way to scoring 17 points, MORE THAN THEY GOT IN TWO GAMES IN EACH CATEGORY AGAINST THE TIDE IN 2011.

A&M amassed 23 first downs and 418 yards on the way to 29 points in the victory in Tuscaloosa.

And in the SEC championship, Georgia’s Bulldogs got 18 first downs and 394 yards on the way to 28 points.

In a year, the Bama defense, in the big challenge games, went from giving up
11 first downs to 21 first downs.
From 182 ypg to 416 ypg.
From 7.6 ppg to 24.7 ppg.
Against the quality opponents.

The Tide’s defense this year is formidable, but vulnerable, and a mere shadow of the 2011 defense.

(2) Notre Dame’s defense responded best against the biggest opponents.  The five biggest challenges on Notre Dame’s 2012 schedule, at the time the games were played, were, in order, Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma and USC. Two of those teams, Michigan  and Stanford, had played in BCS bowls in 2011 and USC was ranked #1 preseason.

The Irish allowed no touchdowns at all to Michigan State and Michigan, an UGLY defensive score to Stanford and one touchdown each to OU and SC.  That’s two offensive touchdowns to those five opponents.  When pressure was greatest, the defense was greatest. CLUTCH.

(3) as previously documented, the October Notre Dame offense was more prolific than the September Notre Dame offense. The November offense was more  productive and efficient than the October offense.  Extrapolations of anything are risky, but good coaching and a growing quarterback are rational explanations for the uptick.  While not assured, it would be expected that, ceteris paribus, the January 7th offense will be the best offense that Notre Dame will have had all season.

Now for the data-starved, we delve into stat-geekery.  All true students of stat know that the mean is pablum, while the MEDIAN is the red meat for the adult statistical palate.

This chart shows the medians for points, first downs, rushing yards, passing yards and total yards, calculated for September, October and November (note, yeah, the total yards doesn’t compute but the Median is ciphered for each cell, thereby the apparent anomaly.)

Month Points First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Total Yards
Sept 20 17 108 187 335
Oct 25 19 242 186 428
Nov 26 24 222 254 480

Now there are two ways to turn this hologram.  You can look at the season’s averages and see a mediocre, ineffective Irish offense.  Or you can turn the hologram, and see the narrative, the progression, the organic offense, the dynamic evolution. A quarterback, a coach, an offense getting better before our eyes.  Excellent! the media and ephemeral analysts will underestimate this offense.

(4) Kelly has experience preparing for, and winning, playoff games.  Lots.  From 2001-2003, Kelly’s Grand Valley State teams were 11-1 in the playoffs, losing only to North Dakota by a 17-14 tally in Florence, ALABAMA, in 2001.  And nobody ENCIRCLES the wagons like the Fighting Sioux

In 2006, Kelly’s Central Michigan team whomped OHIO for the MAC championship in Detroit.

This is not his first rodeo, and while the level of competition is as night to day, there is a transportable skill and competence set in preparing and winning multiple playoff (sudden death) games in various locations.

Now to the matchups


A word about the Alabama offensive line.  This may be the best OL in College Football since SC’s line of 2005 with Sam Baker, Winston Justice, Deuce Lutui, Ryan Kalil and Jeff Byers, a great college player.  Fluker was a phenom coming out of Foley in ’09, #1 OL and 3rd best player in America.  Caused a stir at his all star game.  Cyrus Kouandjio, the younger of the two Dematha brothers, came up in ’11, rated #1 tackle and 4th best player in America.  He caused a stir at his all star game, and was focused on diet and agility, seeking to be a “transitional” offensive linemen.  Don’t underestimate these guys.

Lacy and Yeldon are the best pair of running backs we will have faced all year.  Yeldon can fool you, he glides, unlike the choppy Lacy, but Yeldon covers ground quickly in the open field.  both were 1,000 yard rushers.

Nevertheless the Notre Dame front seven is America’s best.

There are two HUGE challenges and one sizable challenge for the Notre Dame D.

(1) Diaco and Elston MUST play the depth.  Day, Springman, Schwenke, Councell, Calabrese Ishaq have to play a lot in the first three quarters, probably more than they played in tight games all year. This takes guts and discipline, because you are watching the guy with less talent on the field, while the more talented player smolders on the sideline.  But it is a sine qua non of victory. Our starters are great but will need to be fresh in the fourth quarter and a potential overtime.

(2) The secondary must significantly improve its tackling ability and execution.  There will occur one or two plays when Lacy or Yeldon are isolated against one of our secondary people.  They can not get juked. they must wrap up, they must bring the man down.  Russell, Jackson and Shumate. Motta, Farley and Barati.  Their coaches know this.  These could be pivotal, game changing plays, one way or the other.

There is a third sizable challenge.

(3) Bama runs screen plays as well as any team in college football. They disguise them, and they block beautifully downfield.  Our D is very good at screen recognition. We have to limit Bama’s screen effectiveness.

McCarron? he’s good, but not transcendent.  He has done well when the Tide runs well.  Heck, we’ve faced the Purdue duo, Landry Jones, Nunes, Morris, Nelson, Sunseri, Rettig, Price.  We faced a nice batch of quarterbacks. McCarron is not a clear knockout over many of them.

Amari Cooper is a great player, but we DID face down Lee and Woods.  And the Oklahoma bevy of receivers was vastly better than the crew we will face on January 7th.

The tipping point is their front line against our front seven, and our tackling of the Bama runners by our secondary.  If we lose there, the game is lost.


Jeremy Shelley did not miss any of his 11 field goal attempts.  PERFECT.  Brindza can not miss more than one in the game.

Saban tried a fake punt against Georgia.  The conservative Irish approach on special teams is appropriate.  Merely stop the fake punt or field goal.  For the year, in Steele’s composite rankings, Bama finished 13th, the Irish 34th.  The “do no harm” approach worked for the Irish.  Again, don’t LOSE the game on special teams.


This gets interesting, and we incorporate, by reference items (1) and (3) from the intro.  Bama’s defense is not as good as in 2011 and the January 7th Irish offense is a far cry from the September 1st Irish offense.

We have balance.  We have three guys who can run the ball, though Atkinson’s inconsistency is maddening.  Riddick and Wood run well, and are resilient enough to keep at it when their early runs are stuffed.

To be most effective PASSING, Golson’s runs must be limited, probably in the single digits.  Bama hits like we do, and we can not afford to get Golson banged up.  Called runs must be judicious.

We have no Floyd, but there are receiving assets.  There are:
Wily vets: Toma and Goodman
Hard Knock guys: Riddick and Jones
Young, tall, fleet, the future: Daniels and Brown
America’s best receiving tight end: Eifert

Saban is going to be annoyed when he finds out that he and Smart cannot cover Eifert one-on-one.
Saban/Smart have not had to face the Stanfordesque double TE packages that Notre Dame will throw at them.
No one, yet, has had the temerity to try to “outmuscle” Alabama’s defense.
Kelly/Martin will throw some of that at them.

Notre Dame’s big weapon is Golson’s marvelous ability to leave the pocket, keep his eyes downfield and complete the pass.  Saban and Smart love to do things by the numbers, and Golson is a scheme wrecker.

Golson’s challenges?
(1) ball security when running-his biggest risk
(2) he must continue to throw the ball away.  In this game, an incomplete pass will often be an outstanding play.

Kelly/Martin challenges?
(1) first down-if the Irish average four or more on first down, they’ll be in good shape
(2) If they average three or fewer, they’ll be in bad shape
(3) keep Golson on the linear progression he’s been on all year.
(4) challenge Bama deep with Daniels and Brown. A couple successful intermediate to deep balls can change the calculus of the Tide defense.
(5) The offensive line must play its best game of the year.  Saban will not blitz often, but he and Smart are creative at altering the blitzes and disguising them.  Expect them to challenge Notre Dame’s right guard.


J.D. Salinger, the author of “Catcher in the Rye” wrote a collection called “9 Stories.”  In that was a wonderful story about a precocious child entitled “Teddy.”  One thing Teddy thought was that when Eve handed Adam the apple that it was infected with “logic,” thereby cursing mankind to make mundane rather than great, creative decisions.

We have the most charismatic defensive coordinator, perhaps assistant coach (perhaps Joe Moore, you can still be charismatic and be a chain smoker of Camels) since the great Johnny Ray.  He’s just a different breed of cat, alternately quoting and referencing Thomas Aquinas and Freddy Krueger, categorizing his linebackers by their werewolfness.  Diaco is thorough and nothing escapes him, and in the privacy of his office, probably realizes that this will be the last time he coaches a Notre Dame defense in a championship game.  Realistically, he’ll have moved on at this time next year.  But there is something inspired in Diaco. He touches players differently and more deeply than almost anyone else.  It’s not logic, it’s just Diaco.

There’s a coach in Norman they call “Big game Bob”  Well, our Bob gave our 5 toughest foes just two offensive touchdowns, in the aggregate. That’s pretty “Big game.”  And he and his men will be ready for a virtuouso performance.

Buckle your chin straps boys.  It’s gonna be a doozy!

Go Irish.



  1. I guess that now a team that goes 12-0 against one of the tougher schedules in the country and that plays in the NC game sucks. I also guess that by that bit of moronic logic there are 119 teams in the FBS that suck. Never overestimate the ignorance of anti-ND trolls and haters. There’s always way more idiocy around the corner. Just be patient and wait. It’s coming.

  2. Buckeye Atheist,

    Well, devine justice has prevailed! Your boy Urban Renewal got exactly what he deserves! OHIO STATE and NO TITLE! A perfect match made in heaven! Bless his heart! I wonder if he will tell the folks at OSU that ND is still his dream job like he did in Utah and Florida? A scrupulously researched well known dilemma, Hahaha! In Urban’s case only greed is #1! Of course his medical condition forced him into psychodrama retirement! Only Urban would want the OSU job since he could no longer win in the SEC. The cupcake Big Nothing 10/12 is definately the perfect home for Urban! I’m sure you will agree on that note. Hahahaha!

    Merry Christmas Atheist!

  3. JDH:

    I concur. “Browneye” is clearly here to shit on our parade and to do so without a glimmer of argument or intelligent thought.

    Here clearly was bred and raised by a pack of wolves and has therefore no sense of how to behave. He thinks it’s OK to go into someone else’s home and shit on their rugs.

    Of course, all he’s do is simply create another gay screen name and pass himself off as someone else.

    On the positive side, JDH, we can continue to kick the shit out of this “douchenozzle” (great word!) for as long as we’d like.

  4. @ Frank / any Mods- Is there any possible way we can ban this Buckeye douchenozzle? He is really stinking up these boards. Is there really any point to having him here?

  5. I stated on this site at the start of the season that I thought Notre Dame was a year away from winning the National Championship. I was extremely impressed with the talent level that Kelly continues to bring in but I felt they would be too young and inexperienced (though talented) to win it this year, particularly given an extremely difficult schedule. I really thought a 8-4 or 9-3 regular season followed by a bowl win was more realistic. What a season they have had – they are well ahead of schedule. I truly believe they are going to win the National Championship on January 7th! This is a special group and I have had a peace about it since the Oklahoma game – this group of young men is going to become National Champions! Here come the Irish of Notre Dame!!

  6. There you go cherry picking again. Way to pick out one part of my post and then try to spin it out of context. If you actually read beyond that part, and your comprehension skills are at least that of a 4th grader, I was pretty clear that I wasn’t specifically talking about the outback bowl. No, you latched on to “outback bowl” and away you went. Much like you have latched on to the word “rape” regarding the football player. It’s obvious that is as far as you got in any post, column, article, or blog written about that case. The player touched her breast. That’s it. Under Indiana law that is an unwanted sexual advance which by itself does not constitute rape or sexual assault. Hence why no criminal charges were brought against said player. The sick part of this is you don’t give 2 shits about that girl and are only bringing it up as ammunition. You are truly a sad individual.

    By calling us hypocrites for our feelings on the clarrett situation because of what happened with Rees is directly comparing the two. How can I be anymore clear on this? Help me help you.

    Are you so delusional as to think the buckeyes fans are beloved across the country? You must by the way you keep bringing up how much everybody hates us. I have heard from countless Michigan fans and fans of other teams how classless buckeye fans are. How they hate going to the shoe in fear of being spit on, things thrown at them and even racial slurs. Real nice. I will also clue you in that most of us don’t really care how we are viewed. We defend our team just as any other fan and if that makes us wrong then so be it.


    • Michigan fans hate Ohio State? News at eleven!

      It is hilarious to see you defend the defenseless when it comes to indiscretions at ND. Everyone else is guilty but not ND. As for the girl, you are playing semantics. She was also threatened, told to keep quiet by another player and committed suicide so don’t tell me “that’s it”.

      And to JC, a special kind of idiot, why are you bringing religion into it? I can see why you guys don’t think misdeeds being swept under the rug is wrong, it’s been going on for years right? Nobody is jealous of Notre Dame believe me.

      • Buckeye Atheist,

        Keep it clean Mr. Motto.
        Your just a Atheist without a soul.

        Your hilarious with the OSU indiscretions. And your the convict defending the convicts.

        Merry Christmas Atheist.

      • Playing semantics? Seriously? You think a hand on a breast is the same as a rape? You must not have daughters.

      • Defenseless? NO charges filed. I highly doubt the same police department that has made a sport of raiding parties that the football team is known to be in attendance is covering up a rape case for a football player. It’s a conspiracy right?

        The fact you are here is proof enough of your jealousy. Get over it. OSU broke the rules. Doesn’t matter how stupid you may feel the rules are. They knowingly broke them. Also stop pretending that it was just a sweater traded for tattoos. The reason they got caught is because the guy that ran the tattoo shop was under investigation by the Feds for his involvement in a drug ring. Minor details right?

        GO IRISH

  7. Now, that’s the JC I know and respect, even if we don’t always see eye to eye!

    Good job, JC!

    Keep giving the trolls hell!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. What about it Buckeye!

    So what exactly are you? A Wiccan? A Pagan? A Satanist? A boring Atheist with an axe to grind with ND? Your already beyond just an uglified polemicist! Visceral jealousies of ND is one thing, however, your beyond the pale with this tsunami vendetta against ND!

    So again, what exactly are you? I suspect, more than likely, an unemployed “White Atheist Angry Male” on food stamps raining on our ND parade…eh? Furthermore, your inartful and insidious-zombified-dogma
    of ND vs OSU is incurably self-absorbed on your part.

    So tell us Buckeye! What exactly are you?

    Merry Christmas by the way Atheist! If it talks like an Atheist it is an Atheist!

  9. Southy,

    Good to have you back. Where you’ve been,bro?

    Yeah, Southy, things have been quiet and peaceful among us. Except that we’ve had a most unwelcome guest who thinks that he can just waltz into our home and dump on us. I guess some people must have been raised by a pack of wolves or something.

    “Buckeye” is an idiot. He gets getting his brains bashed in by some of us here and just keeps coming back for more, like a meth addict. Well, I for one, will try my darnest to keep from feeding his addiction for getting “brain jammed” (to quote “Sad Warrior”). Unless he calls me out personally. Then all bets are off.

  10. Been away for awhile, seems quiet and peaceful on here.
    Happy holidays, Go Irish!

  11. SFR

    This is all just to funny to me really. He can chase his tail all he wants, I will continue to be here setting the record straight. The irony of someone telling ND fans to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame is laughable. Ahh I remember my first beer.

  12. JTRAIN,

    You don’t really expect “Buckeye” to respond to you, do you?

    Shaz has asked him pointed questions. No response, just BS. JDH has asked him pointed questions. No response, just BS. I have asked him pointed questions. No response, just BS. You have asked him pointed questions. No response, just BS.

    Look, my Irish brethren, this is a troll who’s sad and pathetic life revolves around ND. He hates that! So he wants to come on here for us to abuse him so he can somehow get off on that. I know, it’s sick and demented, but it is what it is.

    Other than trying to piss on our parade, shit in our home, spew BS, and or utterly get intellectually sodomized by us here, can anyone recall “Browneye” actually make a football related point. You know, if he’d come on here and talked Xs and Os, and kept the discourse above reproach, that’s one thing. I’d respect someone for doing that. But that’s not what this troll is about or has done. No. he prefers BS to facts. Shitting in other people’s homes instead of displaying even a modicum of common decency.

    In the end, JTRAIN and friends, you just can’t polish a turd!

    I hope “Browneye” is at least getting some pleasure from being beaten again and again. After all, he’s a sadomasochist.

  13. So what is your definition of significance? I was assuming you had to be talking about nat’l championships because that would be the only argument to ND being insignificant any year. No team gets the face time ND does be it deserved or not. When pundits spend days talking about a team that makes them significant, like it or not. Bowl games? Really? Give me a break. Winning the outback bowl doesn’t make you significant by competitive standards. What I am saying here is you are significant either by championship or by coverage. There isn’t much in between. Once again you try to make a point by cherry picking the past and once again you have been called out. We on this board have now come to expect as much from you. It’s much easier to debate someone when you already know their strategy. Thanks for making this easy. Enjoy the bowl season.


    • I guess you haven’t been watching BCS bowl games the last few years, why would you? Especially after we obliterated you and your coaching genius Weis in the Fiesta.

      JTRAIN, you say you whole family is Ohio State, what happened to you? Were you dropped on your head as a child?

      You guys keep saying that ask pointed questions and I don’t answer, what are you talking about? What I have seen is unfounded accusations like one of you clowns accusing me of saying Ohio State has better academic standards than ND, Ohio State players having better graduation rates than ND and ND not deserving to be in the NC game.Those are lies, I never said any such thing.

      What I have said and have been very consistent in saying is 1. When I discuss football I couldn’t care less about academics. If my son were playing football there I would but otherwise why should I? and 2. I have said that ND fully deserves to be in the NC game, they did their job BUT not only do I think they will lose I think there are at leat three other teams that are better (Georgia, Florida and LSU). Given the way you guys have trashed the actual Heisman winner I would love to see A&M play ND in a bowl game, I’m sure they would give you all you could handle.

      As for scandals, I couldn’t care less if a player goes to class. His parents should care, his coach and his AD should. As for criminal conduct, yes Clarett was a major disappointment but I guess that’s no different than a starting QB getting drunk and roughing up a cop? Or a girl accusing a player of sexual assault and then committing suicide when it gets covered up and she is made to look like the villain? But those things would never happen at ND would they?

      I will wait patiently for your excuses.

      • No excuses here. Oh so its bcs bowls now? Well there really weren’t that many bcs bowls between ’70 and ’02 seeing as the bcs began in ’98. Do you know what ND was doing in that time? 3 nat’l titles and were cost themselves a 4th by not showing up against BC. Though you could argue they deserved at least a share considering they beat the team that won the title heads up.

        That’s the difference between ND fans and most. We as fans actually care about the kids we cheer on Saturdays. We don’t care for the idea of pimping these kids out then sending them out in the world with nothing more than the “honor” of playing for the university.

        You have got to be kidding me. Are you really comparing the Rees situation to clarrett? Uh…no. That’s ridiculous and you know it. Tommy didn’t have a car full of guns and a bulletproof vest.

        Congrats! You have graduated from a troll to a flat out jackass.

      • First of all, you mentioned the ‘Outback Bowl’ somehow intimating that’s what the Buckeyes were used to playing in.

        I am not comparing Rees to Clarrett, what I am doing is pointing out the hypocrisy. Just look at the vitriol aimed at Ohio State here and some idiot here even linked Tressel, Pete Carroll and Jimmy Johnson to Jerry Sandusky.

        So a coach covering for a player who sold a sweater to get a tattoo is comparable to a coach being a pedophile?

        What about a program covering up a sexual assault? Or a program with their share of alcohol related dustups like Yeatman, Floyd etc.

        You care about the kids you cheer on Saturdays you just don’t care about the girl they may meet a party on Saturday night?

        Recruiting violations or a kid selling a sweater are against NCAA rules and ND is clean there, congratulations, but rapes and DUI’s are criminal actions and ND is not so clean there are they? You guys conveniently forget to mention those don’t you.

        That’s why everybody hates ND, your fanbase is a bunch of self-righteous hypocritical jerks!

      • Except that with the Seeburg case (i.e. the “rape” you keep mentioning) the burden of proof was not met. It was investigated independently by law enforcement and they found insufficient evidence of a sexual assault. I wasn’t there and neither were you. We have the rule of law in this country. May that young lady RIP. Unfortunately, while she was alive, she suffered from some pretty significant mental illness. But since the burden of proof wasn’t met, it must be a conspiracy, right?

        As for the alcohol-related offenses, there is no excuse for them and the players paid the consequences. No excuses and they were dead wrong, period.

        Also, why are you still here? I’ll ask you again, are you enjoying yourself? What are you hoping to accomplish? What do you want from us?

      • The mere fact that this buckeye is wasting his time here reflects the sad sorry state of his useless existence.
        But that’s buckeye fans for you.

        To make an argument that academics don’t matter is silly. If academics don’t matter then there is no reason to be a college sports fan. You root for the team because of the school. The pros are for people who don’t care about education and principles.

        I do find it interesting how every so often some loser comes on here pretending to know it all only to get humiliated. Because by continuing to trespass and argue with a group you wouldn’t dare to in person, you show what a social misfit you are buckeye. You should get counseling.

        At least you seem like a whiny wimpy buckeye fan. The kind that is probably afraid to be around the typical Ohio hick. You probably got laughed at by those folks once or twice and hope that since no one here can see you that you can get away with being a putz for a while.

        You’ll only dig yourself in deeper here. I’m sure one of your friends if you have any will tell you what a loser you are for intruding. Go away and let us have our discussion.

        I couldn’t care less about osu or its fans. They do nothing to better the world. But quit bothering us in our own group.

        Buckeye fans cheer for a dirty rotten team. They are therefore sorry losers.

  14. The only one who needs meds is clearly you, “Buckeye,” since you’re the one full of loathing and hate.

    You know perfectly well the inuendo implied in your comment. So now you get called out and want to back track like a little bitch. Re-read your post, troll!

    Like I said, you’re classless. Just read your last sentence above. You want to come into our home and shit on us. That’s fine. We can take it! But it speaks volumes about the tasteless scumbag you are and the trolls of the parents that bred and raised you. They must be very proud that their son grew up to be just like them, gutless, classless, and clueless.

    Regardless, I’ve grown tired of picking on you, little man. It’s too easy and no longer even fun. You get called out and then back off after proven wrong over and aover again. You get asked point-blank questions and never reply to them. After a while one feels dirty bitch slapping a mental midget like you, “Buckeye.” Kind of like stealing candy from a baby, if you ask me. Shaz is right, screw you and the horse you rose in on!

    Continue to prove how classless you are, but unless you want to take about the nuts and bolts of the game instead of making bold predictions, I’ll leave you to your mad, hateful rants.

    JTRAIN knows more about Ohio St. in his little pinkie than you know in your entire body. I’ll just sit back and enjoy reading his points to you go unanswered. You’re very good at not answering questions, brainless.

    Ohio St.=Scumbag players and coaches galore throughout its sad history! Now on self-imposed probation!

    ND=#1 team at the end of the regular season, unbeaten and untied, AND #1 team in the classroom! Historic first!

    I’ll take those fifteen minutes anytime over Ohio St.’s rancid history of cheating and scandals, troll!

  15. You must be off your meds. Your comments are rambling and filled with anger.

    My comment about Duke basketball was about the fact that they think they are better than everyone else but at least their record of winning is better than yours.

    You team is in the National Championship game this year – enjoy your fifteen minutes. That’s about how long it should take to see that your team is in over it’s head.

  16. I challenge “Buckeye” to name one major academic scandal involving the ND football team. In fact, when was the last time the NCAA put ND on probation for an academic scandal or even investigated it for academic improprieties?

    See, the problem with “Buckeye” is that he makes this shit up as he goes. ND is to college football what Duke is to basketball? Really?! Duke basketball, like UNC basketball and football, have been repeatedly under investigation by the NCAA, including very recently. UNC is on probation now in fact. But not ND, “Buckeye”! No sir, unlike “The” (what penis envy!) Ohio St. Univ., ND isn’t on probation.

    Yet again “Browneye” “Buckeye” gets his facts confused with his a-hole, which is the part of his anatomy he uses to think and speak. I guess you couldn’t even get into Ohio St. so you just enrolled in beauty school. That explains a lot, actually.

    God this guy is pathetic! What a trol!!! I guess he most really enjoy getting his shit kicked in by the rest of us here!

  17. “Buckeye,”

    ND has actually won 2, not a lot, but still not 1.

    Yet again, your facts are wrong, “Buckeye”. You’ll no doubt say big deal, 1 or 2 bowl wins. That’s not the point, idiot. The point is that this most recent factual error is added to all the others we’ve documented. Your tenuos hold on reality and soul-eating hate have no doubt impaired your judgment and understanding of facts.

    True enough, this site isn’t closed. But just because some one doesn’t have a “Keep Out” sign on their house doens’t mean you’re able to go in and say and do whatever you want. There are social rules and norms of conduct. Perhaps if your lame ass parents had spent more time raising you properly you’d realize that! Perhaps you would allow people to come into your home and disparage you. I don’t know. But most decent and sane human beings (words that don’t apply to you, “Buckeye”) wouldn’t. Nor would they go to someone else’s place and take a dump on them.

    In the end you’re just a hateful, half-wit troll who doesn’t know the difference between a fact and a fairy tale.

    BTW: You never did answer me back about whether or not you still believe in Santa Claus.

  18. Oh really buckeye? So osu hasn’t had a “20 year period of insignificance”? Hmm. So what happened between 1970 and 2002? By my count that’s 32 years. What is it like to have such a selective view of history? Yeah you have every right to come here and spew your garbage. I also have the right to walk down the street and say mean things to little old ladies but it doesn’t make me right. See where I’m going here? You say ridiculous things and when you get called out you claim to be victimized. Sorry “DUDE” but that just isn’t going to fly here. Guess what pal if you want to debate ND and OSU football I’m right here. I got news for ya, I know as much about your beloved buckeyes as you do. So I can do this all day. I live in Ohio. My whole family are buckeye fans. If I wanted to discuss football I had to learn my stuff. So go ahead chief, come at me.


    • If I was talking about NC’s I would have said NC’s. If ND loses on Jan 7th were they not significant this year?

      What does ND have, one bowl win since 1994? The Buckeyes have never had a drought like that. They could or should have won NC’s in 1996 and 98, their own fault that they didn’t, but they were in the discussion. There have been a lot of season’s in the last 30 years when ND has been insignificant.

      If that’s me saying mean things does that make you a little old lady?

  19. I truly hope Kelly and Company can keep this team sharp for the game. Hopefully the scouting report is solid. Hopefully they’ve worked on speed, conditioning and maintaining strength. Hopefully they’ve worked on timing and game speed conditions. finally, I hope the defense is a bit pissed off.

  20. Oh..and..


  21. I agree with JTRAIN, Golson is a better pure quarterback than Manziel.

    Have another Guinness and GO IRISH!

    • Yes and I agree with you that a team that goes 12-0, vs a schedule that has 9 bowl eligible teams and 11 bcs aq conference opponents, is “not THAT good”. Pass that s*** to the left…..

  22. This has been fun guys. You always know you have someone by the short hairs when they can’t even answer your questions.

  23. Sad Warrior,

    I’m glad to contribute to make your season a bit merrier!

    However, I get no satisfaction from “brain jamming” “Buckeye”. I feel like I lose dignity and brain cells every time I respond to one of his idiotic diatribes. This man is clearly mad at something. Like JDH says there’s a scratch in his soul he juuust can’t seem to get to. So he tries to make all around him miserable. You know the old saying about misery loves company.

    I hope you get to watch the game. More importantly, I hope all of us get to enjoy an Irish win. Best New Year’s gift ever!

    Merry Christmas, Sad Warrior, to you, yours, and your fellow heroes!


  24. Shazz, SFR, JDH, and others, we are enjoying your comments immensely! Especially when you brain jam that ‘Buckeye Idiot.’ This has boosted morale and kept it high. The comments help a great deal. Minds are distracted at this time of year. Hoping to watch the GAME livetime. We plan on watching ‘Undefeated’ albeit a tad later than you guys.

    Take care and we all send you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    And of course, GO IRISH! Hooah!

  25. In college football, the teams we see at the start of the year, are rarely the same teams we see at the end of the year.

    I no longer consider Everett Golson a red shirt freshmen.
    After a spring camp, a preseason camp, a full 12 game sdhedule, and all the practice time that goes along with that, he has gained the experience of a seasoned starter.

    Now add the fact that he has had time to heal up, and work on his game, to go along with that well earned experience, and he could be something really special in this game.

    Over the years I’ve seen some great teams that were built on size and power.

    I’ve seen some built on pure speed.

    But the ones that have size, speed, and power, Those are the truely special ones.
    With our over all team, I see plenty of size, excellent power, and much improved team speed.

    Think for a minute about our roster. The big guys. Our Linemen. The Guys with power. Our Runningbacks, linebackers, tightends, and Safeties. Guys with speed, runningbacks, WR’s, slot recievers, guys in our secondary, punt/kick-off returners.

    The coaching staff has done a pretty good job of getting the most from those talents.
    With extra time to heal and prepare, I exspect that trend to continue.

    If I was Alabama, I’d be a little concerned.

    • Shaz

      To add to your point on Golson, he is going to improve much more than mccarron. What I mean is, we know what we will see in mccarron. Solid, smart, and will make good decisions unless the defense forces him into some bad ones. He’s been around the block. He is who he is at this point. Golson, however, is nowhere near his potential. It doesn’t necessarily mean he will be lights out in the championship game but I think we will see some things he hasn’t shown us on a consistent basis all season. Remember how many times he missed Daniels WIDE open this year? Remember him overthrowing Chris brown half the season. I expect we will see much less of that moving forward.

      All homerism aside Golson is a better pure quarterback than Manziel. Take Manziel’s running away it would be like taking away an arm. Golson on the other hand is always looking downfield for the throw. He scramble not for yards but to extend the play and get the 20yd pass as opposed to the 10yd run. That is where I think he will sting Alabama. They have issues on their perimeter. If Golson can keep the play alive the receivers/tightends will get open. This is gonna be fun!!!

      GO IRISH

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