Notre Dame vs. Pitt Preview: Can Irish Stay Unbeaten?

Pitt vs. Notre Dame: The Panthers will travel to South Bend to take on the 5th-ranked Fighting Irish. Pitt is hoping the ground game, led by the running back tandem of Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall, can control the clock and keep the potent Notre Dame offense on the sidelines. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly take you inside of Saturday’s showdown!
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  1. Bruce G Curme 11 months ago

    C-Dog,
    Tebow was the guy who said ND was overrated early in the year, I think. But all he showed us then was that he really knew absolutely nothing about what has been going on in this program for the past 20 months or so…and especially absolutely nothing about how hard our guys have worked, and how good this coaching staff really is! Nonetheless, you are correct in that we can (and do) use guys like Tebow and “David” for our own purposes. Eventually he’ll probably try arguing that some one or two loss team (Florida, for instance) really belongs in the playoffs rather than an undefeated ND or Central Florida…based upon schedule, and the sacred “eye test” of course. But I have to ask this: How many conference divisions actually have schedules tougher than Notre Dame’s schedule? ANSWER: Only two…one in the Big Ten MAYBE, and one in the SEC CERTAINLY…and that’s out of 10 Power Five divisions plus all the non-power five divisions. Please start doing an honest AND INFORMED analysis Tim. At least you are capable. This “David”, whoever he is, is not even capable; what we hear from him is simply the best he can do.
    Mr. Tebow, why don’t you find out for yourself what’s been going on at ND from the people who know first hand around here, as opposed to sources who have never even been on our campus, or have not been on our campus for decades, or sources who have an axe to grind? Then you will know the truth, sir, and it might set you free.

    BGC ’77 ’82

    BGC ’77 ’82

    BGC ’77 ’82

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  2. C-Dog 11 months ago

    I just saw Tebow’s remarks about Notre Dame’s schedule. Tebow is the Kim Kardashian of football analysis. The guy just is a dope. ND players should listen to that crap just to keep the chip on their shoulder. This year, only poor game calling by the coaches or players not making themselves ready will defeat this team. It really has the potential to compete and beat all comers. But they need to stay hungry and stay a little angry at haters like Tebow. Hey Tebow, how’d you like playing with Aaron Hernandez?

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    1. Ron Burgundy 11 months ago

      Not sure attacking Tim Tebow is really the hill you want to die on.

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      1. Doc Savage 11 months ago

        Why not?

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  3. Bruce G Curme 11 months ago

    It’s raining again. It’s supposed to clear up tomorrow. If not, I’ll be watching this one from my mother’s living room because of my recent bout with the flu. The time to clear up is getting short though…this game starts early…1:30 Central time. (Not wanting to confuse anyone, or cause a panic, I have to remind everyone that South Bend is on Eastern, not Central time). Remember, Indiana, being the largest state in the Union, needs at least two time zones, right? (It’s a lot like my grandmother, “Mimi” Callahan Curme…God rest her soul…carefully explaining to me when I was very young how Ireland is the largest of all the continents).
    Pray for clear skies, clear lungs, and an IRISH VICTORY…see you all at the game!

    BGC ’77 ’82

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  4. pete calco 11 months ago

    well sorry there Hank. When I was a kid I use to race quarter midgets in New Carlisle and raced against kids who lived in Mishawaka
    I’m reading on this board about Notredame being flat because of midterm exams. In the words of hall of fame basketball player Bill Russell excuses are for losers.One of the funniest things I remember is Lou Holtz using mid term exams as the reason for blowing a 16 point half time lead and losing to Stanford.When this was told to a Stanford player his response was tell Mr Holtz we take mid term exams at Stanford too.

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  5. Hank 11 months ago

    Notre Dame doesn’t play anybody in damnded South Bend. The campus and stadium are located in Notre Dame, IN.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 11 months ago

      I agree Hank, this is an outrage! Why does nobody but you seem to notice and care about this travesty of justice. Keep fighting the good fight and never give up. I hope that one day we can be united in the glory that the correct city is identified.

      Until then, god speed.

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    2. Joseph Stevenson 11 months ago

      Nebraska was a MONSTER that year. So being blown out by a MONSTER did not put Missouri in the bottom 10.

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  6. pete calco 11 months ago

    Notredame should drill these guys. However you never know how these games are going to go.I remember Notredame being undefeated in 1972 playing Missouri in South bend.Missouri just lost to Nebraska the week before 64 to 0. They beat Notreredame

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    1. Michael the Archangel 11 months ago

      I was there. It was my senior year. We had midterms that week ( I kid you not), and it was a drizzly dreary day. Unfortunately, that Mizzou win (coached by Dan Devine that game) might have helped lead to Devine getting hired at ND. Never was a big fan of Dan, the guy who had Montana as a third string QB until NDs starter went down vs. Purdue and was replaced by Gary Forystek who got his collarbone broken by Purdue defender Keena Turner.
      Montana, the designated third string QB as the season started, went on to lead the Irish to victories the rest of that NC season.Always wondered if ND would have won that NC in ’77 if Turner’s sack hadn’t broken Forystek’s collarbone. No offense to Gary, but that was the most fortuitous injury, forcing Devine to finally play Montana and the rest is a big part of ND history. Better figuring it out late than never, Coach! The portrayal of Devine in “Rudy” always made me laugh. I didn’t know Coach Devine, but that characterization of him in the movie always felt right.

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      1. Bruce G Curme 11 months ago

        MTA, It was not even near “right”…the movie could have been, and should have been great. Most of it was great. But it was written with a ridiculous (and unnecessary) slant against Devine that started before he even got on campus in ’75.
        (1) Dan Devine had the job if he wanted it, any time after ARA left…and he had it from 1963 when he finished second to ARA. Hesburgh et al had nothing but respect for Biggie Munn and his coaching tree. In fact, I am told that respect predated Hesburgh at ND…from people who would have known.
        (2) I did know Dan Devine. And there was only one thing that he loved more than ND, and that motivated him more than ND, and that was his VERY VERY ill wife. Dan hustled out of the ACC right after practice (or even a little before it ended) to get home to his wife many many times. And for that, the ACC boys, who were used to having all kinds of access, and self-importantly chewing the fat after practices with the previous football staffers, crucified him mercilessly…and a few still do to this day.

        (3) As for Forystek – there’s no way in hell DD would have won an NC with Gary at QB, or any of the others. No way. But I still maintain that DD was not sitting Joe out because DD did not know how good he was (that distinction is shared by the Downtown Athletic Club of NY, the various “experts” who selected the All American teams, and the Professional geniuses who passed on him for the better part of three rounds in the draft, but not by Devine). Devine sat Joe because he didn’t like him personally…to Devine, it was “in sickness and in health, for better or worse, until death” and to him, Joe didn’t cut it there…right where DD lived. That was UNPROFESSIONAL, and almost certainly completely unfair to Joe, and pretty stupid to takes sides in somebody else’s marriage! Can I prove any of that – no, not a bit. But at least this much you’ve got right Michael, You did not know Dan Devine.

        By the way, I was not at the ’72 game against Misery! I was in the Library doing my required “fac brat” job…stamping books LIBRARY USE ONLY on the first floor. But anytime I took a break, and went outside to smoke, I could hear you guys moaning. ’72 did not end well. By the time I was a junior, I was delivering inter-office mail in the Dome, but as a sophomore, I worked in the Library…pretty much alone.

        MTA – let’s leave the old wounds alone. At least BK doesn’t have people spray painting over his parking name at the ACC like Dan did, even AFTER the NC! Let it go.

        BGC ’77 ’82

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      2. Greg Kelly 11 months ago

        Joe was asked what Super Bowl Win He treasured most. He said none of them , it was when He was traded to Chiefs and beat the Broncos and Elway in Denver.
        One of my nephews was a waiter at the on campus restaurant at ND. He was told not to interface with any of the stars coming in. He couldn’t resist saying hello to Joe. Joe gave Him the brushoff. Lasting impressions.
        I was just in podunk Augusta, Wisconsin birthplace of Dan Devine. He moved shortly after to just outside of Duluth where He started to become famous.

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      3. Bruce G Curme 11 months ago

        Greg, I did not know Joe, and did not know his wife either. In fact, as a Great Books major, and later a Theology major, I hardly knew any of the football players at that time. Like almost all “fac brats” I lived off campus, and my rented house would have been off limits to any athlete (for good reasons, trust me on that one)!
        I guess I only had Marvin Russell as a classmate (and later, Frank Pomerico while getting my Master’s). Probably left somebody out, I apologize if so, but I don’t remember anyone else. Of course, Dad introduced me to any number of players, but that’s not the same as knowing them. When we were little kids, Gregger (my father’s family nickname) always told us to leave the athletes and coaches alone – not to bug them…and mostly we did leave them alone, except maybe for Moose, Yonto, and a few other coaches we’d kid around with once in awhile, in the “Rock” and later in the ACC. Sometimes we really were brats, I guess.

        It’s kind of weird to think back on it now, but Marvin Russell also was married…along with Joe I can’t think of too many of those guys who were. But I do know that marriage faithfulness to Devine was a big deal…a really big deal. I sometimes have wondered if he ever heard the expression ‘takes two to tango’…but he seemed to have it all judged very one-sided…seems to be a lot of that going on around the continent today! Too bad…everyone makes blunders…and that was Devine’s main blunder…IMO.

        BGC ’77 ’82

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      4. Bruce G Curme 11 months ago

        PS: To clarify, before someone misconstrues what I wrote, by “faithfulness in marriage” I was not meaning infidelity or adultery at all! Don’t take it that way. I meant the marriage vows…”for richer or poorer, better or worse, in sickness and in health, until death.” Those things probably meant more to DD than anything else…at least anything else I know of.

        Also, remember that to us (“fac brats”) Coach Moore was not Coach Moore…he was Rhonda’s dad. Coach Yonto was not Coach Yonto, he was Tony’s dad, Gene Paskiet was not the head trainer…he was Mary Pat’s dad, etc. We lived in the same world as all the other students, but we also lived in a world few of them could ever understand. We all knew each other, and our parent’s did too. I hope it’s still that way!

        BGC ’77 ’82

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      5. Doc Savage 11 months ago

        Of all people or angels Michael, you above all should know that God has a plan!

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