S2E38: Sobering Reflections in the Aftermath of the USC Hangover for Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame’s late-season surge came to a halt on Saturday night in LA, with the Irish unable to slow down Heisman front-runner Caleb Williams and USC. The Irish had their chances in the game, but critical mistakes doomed their chances. In the aftermath, we reflected on the realities of the Irish roster and where it stands today.

  •  The lack of production at the linebacker position against USC and most of the season
  • Notre Dame’s abundance of good players, lack of game wreckers
  • Drew Pyne’s near-perfect performance ruined by two brutal mistakes
  • How big the loss of Cam Hart and Tariq Bracy was
  • The continued rise of Deion Colzie
  • Assessing the assistant coaches on the season
  • Lots of portal speculation 
  • Coffee preferences and turkey leftover ideas
  • Lots of Q&A from Twitter

Note: this was recorded before news broke of Cam Hart’s return to Notre Dame for the 2023 season.

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Beer / BreweryEPISODEStyleABVRating
Mosaic IPA / Raferia 63IPA6% (2.75)
Jararaca / Ophiussa Brewing63Pale Ale5% (4.25)
Electric Spectre / KCBC62DIPA8% (4.25)
Kinetics / Equilibrium61DIPA8.5% (4.25)
That's Not a Burrito,.. This is a Burrito / KCBC60IPA7.2% (4.0)
Land of Hazy Waters / Other Half59DIPA8.2% (4.5)
Liquid Hot Magma / Zero Gravity58DIPA8.0% (4.0)
Sneak / Kane57TIPA10.2% (4.25)
Brain Death / KCBC56DIPA8.5% (4.0)
Mini Unicorns / Pipeworks55IPA5.0% (4.0)
Tremendous Cream / Other Half51TIPA10.0% (4.5)
Shimmy Ye (3) / Twin Elephant50TIPA10.4% (4.5)
50 Millions Dollar Man / Three Floyds49DIPA9.0% (4.25)
F**k 2021 As Well / Abomination Brewery48TIPA9.7% (4.5)
Come Quick Distress / Forgotten Boardwalk47DIPA7.8% (4.25)
Wet Gravity / Foreign Objects Beer46Hazy IPA5.9% (4.0)
Poltergeist / Tox Brewery45TIPA10% (4.25)
All Green Everything / Other Half Brewery44TIPA10.5% (4.5)
Konkey Dong / Hoof Hearted Brewery43IPA - Imperial9.5% (4.25)
Locals / 4 City42IPA7.0% (4.0)
Grom's Head / 3 Floyds41IPA7.5% (4.25)
Let's Bee Homies / Stone & Deschutes 39Hazy IPA7.5% (4.0)
Boxx / Kane 38IPA6.5% (4.25)
Big Pillow Hat / Hudson Valley Brewery32DIPA9.0% (4.25)
Electric Tide / Kane Brewing29DIPA7.0 (4.5)
Strongest Geometric Shape / Barrier Brewing Co27TIPA10.2% (4.0)
September Sun 25DIPA8.3% (4.25)
Very Green / Treehouse BreweryE22DIPA8.3% (4.5)
Russian Messenger / Well Crafted Beer CoE20Imperial Stout9.1% (4.0)
Wolf Pajamas / Well Crafted Beer CoE19Imperial Stout10.2% (4.0)
Levitate / Well Crafted Beer CoE18DIPA8% (4.25)
3x Swords / Round Guys BrewingE17Triple IPA11.7% (4.5)
Only Built 4 Brewin Drinx / Twin Elephant & 4 City ColabE16Stout10.2% (4.25)
King Sabro / BeachhausE15DIPA8.4% (4.0)
More Medison Than Hedison / 4 CityE13Triple IPA9.5% (4.0)
Open Water (2021) / KaneE14Triple IPA10.4% (4.25)
Hop'solutely / Fegley's Brew WorksTriple IPA11.5% (4.25)
Super Duper Friends / Captain Lawrence Triple IPA10% (4.0)
Mega Yacht Juice / Icarus Triple IPA12% (4.25)
Weird and Gilly / SinglecutIPA6.6% (4.25)
Double Dry Hopped Space Diamonds / Other HalfDIPA8.5 (4.25)

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  1. Oh, and Buchner seems like a great kid too.

    But I have not seen great QB play out of him. ND’s receivers can perform with a better QB

    One thing I’d like to see is better QB to receiver communication when a play breaks down a bit.

  2. No one has to be an ass and rip on Pyne. He decent. Great kid with talent for a mid level program. Has heart and competes. When he’s on, he manages the game well.


    He’s 5’11”. Can’t easily see over the line.
    His downfield vision is often not there.
    His progressions can be slow. He sometimes locks on receivers.
    He can be inaccurate and never seems to have a hot hand.
    He’s not a scrambler.
    He’s often tried to throw across his body on the run.


    Great kid. Not the QB they need.

  3. Lost in the loss was kudos to Xavier Watts who led the team in tackles with 9. When you’re safety leads in tackles it’s usually not a good sign.
    I’m sure some will point to the two INTs he missed on. Of course.

    Don’t know if J. D. or Kiser or Marist are returning but I’m hoping Junior T, Sneed and Prince see many more snaps or the parade of exiting players that is cfb will impact ND. Don’t want to lose them and watch them play somewhere else ( remembering a couple of WRs gone before they played during the Bayou Brian days). Botelho and Burnham joining the rotation more frequently at DE diminishes the losses of the Ademilolas and Foskey. ND still has a bowl game left but I’m already looking ahead.

  4. “Overrated: LSU at 14
    “….There is no way that the Tigers should be ranked No. 14 after that debacle in College Station, Texas, last weekend.
    They got smoked 38-23 by an Aggies team that hadn’t scored more than 31 points against any opponent this year, was decimated by injuries, and hadn’t appeared to be motivated down the stretch during their 6-game losing streak. If Texas A&M can torch LSU’s defense, what would No. 15 Oregon State, No. 16 Oregon or No. 17 UCLA do? It would get very, very ugly….”
    Brian Kelly will no doubt have a real soft spot for CBS Sports reporters at future pressers.

  5. The score is more flattering than the competitiveness of the game.

    All this post-game praise of Pyne’s “solid game” is no doubt making USC players and staff laugh.
    They’re the ones walking away with the Heisman…not ND.

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