I promise that this will be the last time this season my addition to the weekly Irish Blogger Gathering is getting posted on Saturday morning, but that real life thing really does have a bad habit of getting in the way of blogging some time.
So without further ado, here is my weekly IBG.
My question for the group (following their links below for their responses): With all of the talk of Jameis Winston’s eligibility being called into question after being linked to the same autograph dealer as Todd Gurley, what is your take on Winston with regards to this weekend? Are you hoping he is ineligible to help Notre Dame’s chances or are you hoping he plays so that if Notre Dame were to win there wouldn’t be any way for the media to downplay it?
Ryan Ritter, Her Loyal Sons: Slow and error-prone starts have plagued the Irish this season (save for an opening TD drive against Purdue). If you’re Brian Kelly, what would you try to do to prevent such a start against Florida State?
I like to role the dice. If I am Brian Kelly I pull in Everett Golson and Will Fuller into my office and put in a tape of the 2002 Florida State game and show them the first play of the game – the Carlyle Holiday to Arnaz Battle long bomb – and challenge them to do the same. Notre Dame ran the ball well with Folston last week so line up #25 in the backfield and run some play action and hope that Golson and Fuller keep that deep connection going. If Golson hits a long bomb early it will settle him in instantly.
For those that say this is the wrong approach and let him do some short passes to get into rhythm, I would point right back to the Syracuse game a few weeks back as an example of how that doesn’t always work.
Josh Knowles, Subway Domer: Life is a music video. Provide 3 short song lyrics that best describe the upcoming game against FSU and include the video that it accompanies.
My sincerest apologies here, but I did not have enough time to accurately research this question this week and my music genes were re-appropriated to my sports genes a long time ago severely limiting my music knowledge.
Aaron Horvath, Fighting Irish Athletics: I’m going to step away from the questions regarding the current squad and turn back the clock. First off, what do you remember about the 1993 game? (Shameless plug, we will be broadcasting the 1993 ND-FSU game on WatchND.tv/classics on Thursday night at 8pm ET) … where did you watch it? If you’re too young to remember, tell us about the best ND-FSU memory.
I remember watching the 1993 game vividly. I was in 6th grade at the time and was in my first season of playing CYO basketball. We had practice that Saturday. I remember very unapologetically telling my coach, “Sorry coach but I won’t be at practice on Saturday.” When asked why I simply said, “It’s Notre Dame vs. Florida State. I’m not missing that.” Coach wasn’t too happy but also realized he couldn’t say much.
I watched the game at home with my mom and dad at our house and remember not being able to sit much during the game. I was pacing and running back and forth. My grandmother came over for dinner and thought I was nuts. If I recall she didn’t quite like that dinner was starting so late, but there wasn’t any way either me or my dad were leaving the family room until that game was over. When the Irish won I remember telling my mom that for dinner I’d like “National Championship ala cart”. Unfortunately we never got served that dish in 1993.
Mike Coffey, NDNation: What, if anything, does this game say about the season for both teams? Is it make-or-break, or will the loser still have a chance?
This game has shaped up to be a validation game for both teams. It sounds crazy to say that for the defending national champ, but after losing their #1 ranking following a couple of unimpressive performances the last few weeks, Florida State is going to be looking to make a statement. For Notre Dame they will be looking to tell the college football world that they are for real. It’s also a chance for Notre Dame to regain some credibility following the fallout from the 2012 title game that is still mentioned by any Notre Dame detractor any time the Irish are mentioned in the same sentence as the playoffs.
This game is much more make or break for Notre Dame. Florida State can survive a loss much more easily and still make the playoffs. If Notre Dame losses, the playoffs are off the table in my opinion no matter what else happens in the college football landscape this year. No pressure.