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Having actually seen the uniforms in the wild on Saturday night, what are your final thoughts regarding them? Does Ronald Darby stating that he liked them change your views on trying out the different uniforms for the “Shamrock Series”?
I said in my post game thoughts that individually I didn’t have a problem at all either either the helmets or the uniforms, but I didn’t like them together because the gold in the helmet and the gold in pants/numerals didn’t match at all. If Notre Dame had the pants and the numerals on the jerseys match the gold in the helmets, I think they would have looked much, much better. All that said, I still thought the helmets looked great.
The fact that Ronald Darby stated he liked the uniforms didn’t surprise me at all. All week long I mentioned in posts about the helmets and jerseys that these are precisely the kinds of things that recruits take notice to. I still don’t think the jerseys/helmets alone will get Notre Dame any recruits but they are just one small part of the larger equation when it comes to recruiting.
If Notre Dame is going to wear these jerseys once a year as they mentioned last week, I just hope they do a better job coordinating them and match them look a little sharper. If you are going to do something outside of your normal comfort zone, then go all out and do it right.
Manti is clearly hobbled right now. Re-watching the game on Sunday, I barely noticed him on the field and I rarely remember Mayock or Hammonds calling his name. I believe Kelly stated in his Sunday teleconference that Manti was did not play most of the 3rd or 4th quarters. If you are BK, do you sit Manti on Saturday?
Te’o simply wasn’t on the field much last week so I think his lack of big plays a week ago was more from a lack of playing time instead of a lack of effectiveness when he was on the field. Once Notre Dame built the big lead, he was on the sidelines.
As for this weekend, it all really depends on how healthy Manti actually is. If he is indeed close to 100% as Kelly said this week, then I wouldn’t mind him playing him more this week to get him back to full speed for the Stanford game. It has been a while since Te’o played a full game at full speed so playing this week could actually help him prepare for next week.
Now, if he isn’t 10% and Kelly is just being a little liberal with his injury report since college coaches don’t need to be as forth coming with injuries as NFL coaches because of privacy laws, well then I’d prefer to see Te’o on the sidelines as much as possible given the circumstances. Te’o himself said he has practice much more this week than he has in recent weeks so I tend to side with playing him more this week than a week ago.
We’ve seen Tommy Rees play deep into blowouts against Navy, Air Force and Maryland with Hendrix only getting a significant number of snaps in the Air Force game. Rees is only a sophomore but it seems most Irish fans take it as a foregone conclusion that Golson or Hendrix will pass Tommy going into the 2012 season. So do you agree with the use, or lack thereof, of Hendrix so far this season? Do you accept the thought that this is Rees’ last year as starter?
I’ve written quite a bit about whether or not Rees is the long term answer for Notre Dame at quarterback this season and I still think the jury is still out. Because of that, I think that is why we are seeing Kelly play Rees deeper into games than he maybe needs to. Kelly wants to see exactly all he has with Rees and wants to see just how far he can develop him this season.
It’s taken this long for Kelly to trust Rees running the offense close to the pace he wants it run so I think we’ll see Rees on the field deep into the game this weekend again, even if Notre Dame has the game in control.
I think Golson has the chance to unseat Rees in the off-season but it’s far from a given right now. Golson is really going to have to earn it because while Rees certainly has his limitations and has had his problems with turnovers, he still has a 11-2 records as a starting quarterback for Notre Dame. It is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out over the course of the next nine months.
Tommy Rees needs 608 yards for 3000 passing yards on the season. Cierre Wood is 93 yards short while Jonas Gray is 270 yards short of 1000 rushing yards. Michael Floyd is 78 yards shy of 1000 receiving yards for the season. Despite SubwayDomer’s insistence that bowl stats count, predict final numbers for all 4 players before the bowl. Do they all hit the milestones?
- Tommy Rees 2,900 yards passing
- Cierre Wood 1,050 yards rushing
- Jonas Gray 950 yards rushing
- Michael Floyd 1,100 yards receiving
I think Rees will come up short because I think Notre Dame will run the ball a lot this weekend and don’t think he’ll be able to put up enough yards against Stanford to get to 3,000 before the bowl game. I think Wood will get to 1,000 or at least very close to it this weekend while Gray will have a big senior day but still come up a little short. Gray has only had one 100 yard performance in his career (this past weekend) so it’s tough to see him putting up 270 in two weeks even with his increase production. I certainly would love to see him reach 1,000 yards before the bowl game because if he does that means Notre Dame is running the ball very well. As for Floyd, I think he’ll put up over 1,000 yards this weekend to pass 1,000.
Notre Dame opens up as a 24.5 favorite for Saturday’s game and this is clearly the worst Boston College team in recent memory. That said, BC absolutely loves to play spoiler when it comes to Notre Dame and this game will be the last chance for something good to happen this season. Given those two thoughts, does the margin of victory matter to you on Saturday?
Nope. Notre Dame needs to keep winning and any win this weekend gives Notre Dame at least 8 regular season wins for just the third time in third time in the last 10 years – yikes is that a pretty depressing stat. Even though Boston College is having a down year, I fully expect them to come out fired up and treat this game like their bowl game since they won’t be bowling this season.
No matter what the scenario, Boston College always plays Notre Dame tough and in recent years almost always takes the game more seriously than Notre Dame. For that reason, this game will actually be a really good test for how far along the mental development of this team is. The Notre Dame teams of the last five or so years would play down to the competition and make this game more competitive than it needs to be. The Notre Dame team from the last couple weeks will come out and make a statement early before coasting to an easy victory. A blowout win this weekend would be another step in the right direction for this team.
I’ll be nice and leave the bonus question off of my sets of questions. Be sure to check out Her Loyal Sons for their response though.