ND issues on D
Was it Nuss who kicked Kelly's ass in the NC game in 2012?
He needs to do it again.
ND also lacks all the stars of that defense. Outside of Day and Smith, their defense isn't intimidating at all. If those two can have their impact limited via offensive scheme I think Michigan has a good shot.
ND doesn't have Nix and Tuitt anymore, either.
Nuss was game planning against Bob Diaco's defense I believe. He is no longer there. Kelly has as much to do with defense as Hoke has to do with offense.
Diaco. A lot of blitzing, tight man-to-man. With thrier safety communication I see this as a positive IF the OL can block. The OL is going to be tested Saturday. If the line holds I foresee a lot of yards and points.
tough to get more aggressive than ND crashing their 2 inside LB and shooting gaps every single snap. i understand your general point and agree in some aspects but those 2 ILBs were almost always flying downhill at the snap. and re other poster commenting on 2012 bsc title game, theres very little there - aside from coaching and personnel differences, that bama offense pounded the ball down throats of opponents at will with like 7-8 pros on offense
or did Teo make that guy up too?
“With Elijah and Max back there, we needed somebody to pick it up and neither one of those guys picked up the slack,” Kelly said during his weekly Sunday teleconference. “Whatever we have to do, we’ll get better back there between those two guys and making sure they communicate better.”
i hope those two can recover from such a vicious tongue lashing.
Plus Collinsworth, they are going to be a defense that should give up some big plays. Stay away from turnovers and we might be all right.
The Devin to Devin connection is going rain down blue HELL upon them!!
Weve seen Nuss call a game against ND's D at full strength. Somehow I think he'll know what to do against this group.
reinstates all their academic cheaters and we still win. Great U???
No wonder they are in the ACC. btw ... no muppets after the App game?
I'm pretty comfortable not blowing muppets after beating a cupcake, no matter the name on their jersey.
We're winning this game easily.
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Their D isn't what worries me anyways, its Mr. Golson.
I feel pretty much the opposite way. I don't think ND will be able to consistently move the ball against our defense. But if our line can't protect Gardner, then ND could force turnovers and get points by converting short-field opportunities.
I'm with you. I don't fear a shootout, I fear a creep, where a turnover is game-changing. Just keep saying "O-the line only has to be servicable;" if that happens, we win easily. If it doesn't, we lose narrowly, because we will be playing their game.
ND Oline will be the best offensive line that we see until the postseason.
Golson will make some plays.
Kelly will do a good job of mixing in runs up the middle. We'll have to shore that up.
Even so, I'm feeling good about this game.
I have so much confidence in Nuss that I want to sing it from the rooftop. Having just watched Wolverine Devotee's 22 minute extended highlight reel, I think this offense can afford to hiccough for as long as it needs to get the breathing going. The D? They'll be working their butts off this week, and if the gods are gracious, we'll see what Peppers can bring to the table. This team looks supremely confident and determined.
If Funchess tears it up on Saturday, e.g., another three TDs, will there be early Heisman talk? Or will it be about Gardner?