1987-1988 vs. 2006-2007 (More Similarities)

I. Inexperience?

Last time we had 3 returning starters on offense, and less than 5 returning starters on defense, and a new defensive coordinator, and a tough schedule?…


1987 1988
QB Tony Rice Tony Rice
RB Mark Green Mark Green
FB Anthony Johnson Anthony Johnson
SE Reggie Ward Raghib Ismail
FL Tim Brown Ricky Watters
TE Andy Heck Derek Brown
LT Tom Rehder Andy Heck
LG Tom Freeman Tim Grunhard
C Chuck Lanza Mike Heldt
RG Jeff Pearson Tim Ryan
RT Byron Spruell Dean Brown
LT Tom Gorman George Williams
NT Mike Griffin Chris Zorich
RT Jeff Kurz Jeff Alm
+OLB/DE Flash Gordon Flash Gordon
+ILB/MLB Wes Pritchett Wes Pritchett
ILB/ELB Ned Bolcar Mike Stonebreaker
OLB/DE Cedric Figaro Frank Stams
LCB/FCB Marv Spence Todd Lyght
RCB/SCB Stan Smagala Stan Smagala
SS George Streeter George Streeter
FS Brandy Wells Pat Terrell


2006 2007 Probable Starters
QB Brady Quinn Evan Sharpley
RB Darius Walker Travis Thomas
FB Asaph Schwapp Asaph Schwapp
WR Rhema McKnight David Grimes
WR Jeff Samardzija George West
TE John Carlson John Carlson
LT Ryan Harris Paul Duncan
LG Dan Santucci Mike Turkovich
C John Sullivan John Sullivan
RG Bob Morton Dan Wenger
RT Sam Young Sam Young
DE Victor Abiamiri Justin Brown
DT/NT Derek Landri atrick Kuntz
DT/DE Trevor Laws Trevor Laws
DE/OLB Chris Frome John Ryan
+ILB Maurice Crum Maurice Crum
OLB/ILB Joe Brockington Toryan Smith
OLB Travis Thomas Morrice Richardson
CB Mike Richardson Ambrose Wooden
+CB Terrail Lambert Terrail Lambert
+S Tom Zbikowski Tom Zbikowski
S Chinedum Ndukwe David Bruton

II. Tough Schedule?


1987 record 1988 record
Michigan 8-4 9-2-1
*Michigan State 9-2-1 6-5-1
Purdue 3-7 4-7
Stanford 5-6 3-6-2
*Pittsburgh 8-4 6-5
Miami 12-0 11-1
*Air Force 9-4 5-7
Navy 2-9 3-8
Rice 2-9 0-11
*Penn State 8-4 5-6
Southern Cal 10-2 9-2-1
West Virginia 6-6 11-1


2006 record
Georgia Tech 9-5
Penn State 9-4
Michigan 11-2
Michigan State 4-8
Purdue 8-6
UCLA 7-6
Boston College 10-3
Southern Cal 11-2
Navy 9-4
Air Force 4-8
Duke 0-12
Stanford 1-11

In 1988, the Irish faced eight teams that had at least 8 wins in 1987. Four of them in the first six games. However, a few* of them ended up not nearly as strong as they were in 1987.

In 2007, the Irish will face seven teams that had at least 8 wins in 2006. Four of them in the first six games.

Go Irish Go

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