re-engineered the shell, bumper case not required.
I went across a couple ND blogs and put together some very "telling" comments. I mostly picked out the "bad" passages as that'll make me sleep better at night. Enjoy.
Notre Dame has major problems defending the perimeter which should be a big concern with Michigan and Denard Robinson coming to town next weekend. Look for Notre Dame to play a lot of nickel next week to get more speed on the field.
The front 3 got a nice push at times, but were pretty inconsistent. Ian Williams did a nice job collapsing the pocket at times, but outside of the first drive of the second half, the push just wasn’t there from the front 3 most of the time.
The offense had its moments, but was very inconsistent.
Dayne Crist .... On the negative side, he threw underneath too often and had trouble putting touch on his passes down the field. He had Floyd open for touchdowns twice in the 4th quarter but over threw him. He needs to just keep the ball in play there and let Floyd get it. Crist also had Rudolph open for a touchdown in the second, but air mailed it forcing Notre Dame to settle for field goals both times.
The offensive line is still a work in progress. Both new tackles - Zack Martin and Taylor Dever - struggled at times both with their assignments and their blocking when they did get their assignments right. It’s tough to start two tackles with such little experience so this much is to be expected. Both will benefit the most among the offensive line from film study.
The push from the defensive line was better and the secondary did a good job keeping things in front of them most of the day, BUT, the tackling still left a lot to be desired
This defense has got to figure out a way to contain the QB option prior to Michigan’s arrival next week.
I can’t shake the feeling that, were Purdue playing with a more experienced QB and line (to say nothing of Ralph Bolden), this game could have been much different.
Crist did a nice job managing the game, but definitely missed opportunities to hit open men (particularly in the red zone) against a very bad and inexperienced secondary (he also nearly had two passes picked off, including his first of the day). It was his first game and, generally, he played well, but as the season progresses and the defenses improve, he needs to start seeing the field better.
The coaches are going to need to work on ball-handling this week. Crist was stripped in the first half, Allen fumbled and got it back (he also lost the ball as he was going out of bounds on his great punt return) , Floyd had his big gaffe and Cierre Wood fumbled on his kickoff return in the fourth quarter. The Irish were lucky this wasn’t something that hurt them too badly this week, but it needs to be addressed before it becomes a major issue.
This post is for those of you out there that are really worried about the ND game after watching every play of the UConn game in slo-mo HD and coming to the conclusion that our defense played horribly. (Personally I think they played very well, all things considered, but I won't try to convince you.)
First of all, try to realize that although a W this weekend could propel us to an excellent season, a loss is not reason to panic, freak out, or give up on the season.
Looking at our schedule, I knew we needed to win at least 1 of these first 2 games. That's why I was so nervous for UConn, because if we lost that one there would be a huge amount of pressure on the ND game.
Now of course I want to beat the hell out of ND this weekend. It would likely lead us to a 5-0 start with MSU and Iowa coming into Ann Arbor after that.
But if we lose this game, we are still alright. We will still be heavily favored to beat UMass, BGSU, and Indiana. And the key stretch of the season will be MSU, Iowa, and @PSU.
Win 1(!) of those 3, and that puts us at 5 wins with Illinois and Purdue still on the schedule. 7 wins will still be very attainable.
Obviously, I don't want it to be so close that we cannot afford to lose to any inferior teams because we all know how that can go. BUT with an X-factor like Denard, I think Michigan beats the teams they are supposed to beat this season.
Basically, I am writing this post because based on some of the comments I have seen from Michigan fans the past few days, I have a feeling that there will be a big freak out next week if we aren't able to get the road win.
Let's keep everything in perspective and realize that the season will not be won or lost this Saturday in South Bend.
With that being said, I hope we stomp them into the ground.
I'm a traditionalist in college football. I think the fact that you can generally count on Alabama, PSU. OSU, Michigan (ahem) Florida et. al to be elite teams year after year is one of the 2 or 3 best things about college football, something that makes it special and different than most sports. I would have no problem if the same ten teams finished every season in the top ten, with another team coming in every year or so just to spice things up. Don't get me wrong, I love upsets, they are fun to watch, but you need an elite hierarchy to make the upsets even more memorable.
Because of this, Boise has always confounded me. I have responded to their success with disdain, bringing forth arguments like "The WAC is a lesser conference than even the MAC," "they send less players to the NFL every year than the MAC or Conference USA," and "Boise snuck up on an overconfident Oklahoma." Now, all of these arguments are true- even Chris Peterson admitted that they snuck up on OK in a recent interview. The fact that they are ranked in the top five this year to me is simply ludicrous, because I've been one that has honestly believed that in the B10 they would be no better than mid-pack every year.
But tonight I am forced to admit they belong. Even though it is only halftime, and VA Tech could come back and win, it is pretty clear that BSU is extremely well coached, hard hitting, and look anything but overmatched out there. Now, VA Tech, while good, is not a top 5-6 team, and lost many of last year's starters on defense, but that is precisely the point- once BSU could not sneak up on a good team, IME they would be overmatched against a good BCS school. But clearly they are not. Welcome to the BCS level Boise, I was wrong about you.*
*I retract this post in the event VA Tech wins 42-20.
well, well we have a football game. Should be a fun second half. That Boise +1.5 line, could see that hook come in handy. Interesting. Boise starts the half with the ball. Can they come out swinging like the first half?
Here is the second half point spread, I want to get a mgo strawpoll on it
VT -2.5 over Boise
This is just for the combined score of the second half, plus any OT played. So, if you take VT on this line, you technically have them at +3.5 for the final score.
Also, there are a couple threads going on this game, both have been pushed to the second page. How about this serve as a new open thread for the second half so new arrivals on the night can find it.
Should be a great second half. Two of my favorite teams. I have to keep from fisting pumping every Va Tech good play because I formally took Boise.
As I was at my first wolverine game, surrounded by season ticket holders, I found myself explaining to them who players were, about the Mealers, how the dedication would go, etc. My uncle actually said "For this being your first game you sure know alot about the team." Thanks Brian for this addiction you have created.