This isn't your typical Alabama team - I'm not sold ND won't be able to stop them. They can run the ball against a Georgia line that doesn't seem nearly as good as they sound on paper, but this defense had a hard time in the second half slowing down Georgia.
SEC Championship thread
If ND had Gurley in the backfield or a QB like Murray who is a threat to throw the ball down the field they might, but they have neither. Georgia has a NT that is better than anything ND has and they still couldn't slow them down. Yeldon is a beast. Sooner he is in the NFL the better.
Georgia blows every game like that and Bama wins every fucking one that they should lose. Two of my top 5 hated teams are playing each other for the NC....great.
Saban's a snake, but he speaks well. And as much as I dislike the SEC, that was a great game to watch.
LOL! Why did they run a play?! They wasted 6 of the precious 15 seconds left calling one, and the rest of them because it was caught. Spike it, and you have 3 quick plays.
Bad coaching there. Clock it. Huddle up. Two good throws into the endzone, maybe even three if you're quick.
That was a Tyrone Butterfield '95 play, without the lucky drop.
Watching Nebraska-Wisconsin after this game is going to be like watching Star Wars the Phantom Menace after Return of the Jedi.
if you change Jedi to Empire Strikes Back.
ESS EEE CEE brainpower is apparently the invserse of ESS EEE CEE speed.
I don't think that Manti Te'o is exactly shaking in his boots right now.
Te'o is a proper badass, but ND's schedule hasn't done them any favors. Who in Christ's Holy Name would predict that in a conference championship game played against the (admittedly overrated) #3 ranked team in the country, Alabama would have TWO RB's combine for 300-plus yards rushing?
Seriously, stats like that don't appear in games of this stature since the days of Tom Osbourne and Barry Switzer (and the late Darrell Royal) winning national championships.
Classic Georgia game. Chokers to the end.
LMAO... Earlier this week @ my gym, this UGA grad /fan called Mark Richt the Tony Romo of coaching... He was soooo right.
Sort of ironic that Romo will be working for Saban next year in Dallas.
...doesn't mean that he is dumb enough to have GRADUATED from MSU.
No way Saban leaves 'Bama for the NFL, certainly not to work for a 'tard like Jerruh Jones.
but I think this year may have just passed it
Can't blame the kid who caught the ball, that was just peer instinct.
That's on Richt and Murray. Spike the ball. Gives you two, possibly three plays to get the winning score.
So Michigan vs. Georgia in the Capitol One Bowl?
Bowl may very well select Texas A&M instead.
Just throwing this out there. Bowl matchups are decided before the Heisman.
is the frontrunner and the Capital One bowl might assume that he ends being the winner.
Ah, forgot about Texas A&M.
It could go a few different ways. Texas A&M, if Manziel wins, might even jump Florida for a BCS bid.
The Big Ten is going to get hammered this bowl season.
If Nebraska wins the BTCG, Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern are all going to be facing 10-11 win teams in their bowl games.
Agreed on the last play. It looks like Murray was going to the receiver in the ends one but the deflection screwed up the play for them. Coaches did a terrible job of clock management as well.
What was that song...
That music video made me long for some Pop Evil.
My ideal NCG finish: Double OT ND loses on a bad call from the refs and Saban goes to the NFL.
coaches get paid millions to know basic clock mgmt. to forego spiking the ball not once but twice in the final 30 sec was completely insane.
richt cost his university several million $ tonite.
...it's not unusual.
Mark Richt is a TERRIBLE game day coach. There is a significant number of folks in this state who want to see him fired.
Gerogia's high school infrastructure is to be envied when it comes to football talent; it is a tier below California/Texas/Florida, but on par with Ohio/Pennsylvania. The fact that UGA does not contend for national championships the way Alabama does is something of a statewide disgrace...anyone with the ethics of Les Miles or Nick Saban coaching in Athens would own the crystal football until they saw fit to loan it to someone else,
It is to UGA's credit/detriment that they hired a good man with a reasonable sense of ethics (who graduated from "THE U", of all places) to coach their football team.
My theory is that the ESS EEE SEE should trade UGA to the B1G for ohio; both conferences would get what they wanted out of the deal. The B1G would get one more program with a sense of honor, the ESS EEE SEE would get one more program without one.
Might as well give Bama the national championship trophy now, too
too many teams have now played bama close this year. if ND is on the plus side of the TOs, i think they have a shot; not a good one, but a chance nonetheless.
I dont think any team can beat Alabama when they have a month to prepare, its easier to upset someone during the regular season when they're playing a game every 7 days. Saban's too good of a coach not to win against a less-talented team with a months preparation.
Bama is a much more complete team than ND, but ND is a team of destiny this year. They have found ways to win every game this year, regardless of whether or not they deserved to win.
I can see ND winning like how we won the Sugar Bowl. Bama will thoroughly outplay ND, but will make critical mistakes at the worst possible times. Yeldon will fumble inside Bama's 5, McCarron throws a costly pick, Bama makes a costly special teams error, or better yet, McCarron falls down the stairs and breaks his leg the night before the game.
Not a chance. Notre Dames run ends against Alabama.
...is that 2013 ND = 1989 Colorado.
Undefeated before they played the defending national champs from the previous year in a bowl game, wherein they got their asses handed to them due to no experience playing a team with the pedigree of that which PWNED them.
Of course, Colorado ended up winning a share of the MNC the next year, so that doesn't mean things necessarily get better from here.
Those are essentially NFL teams with their talent and execution.
We are a long ways from this level and need 2-3 years more of strong classes to even compete with Bama/UGA.
I'd say that about Alabama, a bit. But Georgia has the type of "NFL talent" that Illinois had for a bunch of years - kids who look good on paper but the coaching holds them down a bit. UM would be very competitive with Georgia this year.
UGA was 7 yards from beating Bama, we were 7 minutes into the game when the beating started.
Agree that UGA is a collection of individual talent but they have 15 kids who will make NFL rosters. Bama has premier recruiting classes every year for the last 5 years.
Look, Georgia state had 170 FBS signees, Florida had 344 and Alsbama had 86 = 600 kids in the UGA and Bama recruiting area. Michigan had 59 and Ohio 144 = 200 in the OSU and UM areas.
We don't need equal individual talent, but we need to be close to win on execution and character. Their talent is far superior at this point.
Irish Catholics vs Nick Satan
Bama pounded us with a bunch of inexperienced starters. They are experienced now.
We out gained ND and ran the ball fairly well.
Lacy & TJ will run all over them.
that Michigan had running backs gain 300 yards rushing in a game against a Top 5 opponent?
1995 Tshimanga Biakabatuka and (insert your user name here)?
That defies reason. Of course UGA was overrated (they always are), but from a team that does not run an option-oriented offense, those numbers are absurd.
and not spike the ball? That's just a complete fail on the part of the coaching staff and Murray.
What a great game... I don't blame richt for not spiking there... Bama was confused, uga had matchup, and they got lucky a tipped pass floated to another receiver. Not nearly as bad les