I don't want this one exciting. I hope we totally dominate. I hope it is not even close.
UM v ND under the lights in South Bend
Agreed. Our fans were still there 45-60 minutes after the end of the game. I want the Irish fans to leave 45-60 minutes before the end.
I'm not really that worried about this game. ND will be possibly starting a new QB and their WR corps look pretty weak. That should allow us to stack the box and stuff the run, which Mattison did pretty well last year. If we can find suitable replacements for RVB and MM inside, we should be able to handle ND on defense.
ND is the most fucked up rivalry game we have IMO. It seems that every one is crazy and unexpected things happen every time. Both teams have won this game while being significantly out-played and having terrible QB play. And both teams have lost when they were heavy favorites. I'm always worried about this game.
We'll probably be heavy favorites if ND is starting a new QB, but I won't be surprised by anything.
Why would they be starting a new QB? Did I miss something?
Because if Rees fumbles the ball again, Brian Kelly's face will shift to a color that isn't in the visible spectrum.
Yah, Rees was pretty much not good at turning the ball over and throwing it to Michael Floyd. I'm not sure he's the answer going forward.
I respectfully disagree.
Tommy Rees is elite at turning the ball over.
Oops, that was supposed to say he was pretty much only good at turning the ball over and throwing it to Michael Floyd. That was a typo/autocorrect combo mistake.
Rees had my vote for MVP of that game. His backward pass when they were on our goalline was spectacular!
"Here you go boy, fetch!"
that I attended were:
1) last year's 35-31 win under the lights. This was, without question, the best game in any sport that I have attended.
2) our 38-0 win in 2007.
I love beating ND anytime, but shuttingthem out was so special. Last year was amazing, however I don't think my heart can take many games like that one.
I think UTL is #1 for everybody. My second favorite game that I attended was 2006 @ ND. They were #2 entering the game with Brady Quinn and Charlie Weis. Manningham had first half 3 TDs, Prescott Burgess had a pick-6, and LaMarr Woodley spent most of the day in the backfield, including a sack-forced fumble returned for a TD. After a 47-21 pantsing of their Irish, the ND fans were silent leaving the stadium and looked like they were leaving a funeral. What a day that was.
ND in 2009 was aslo pretty good. At the time it was the Tate Forcier show. I remember being so excited for him to start for 4 years and the Rich Rod spread attack to dominate the Big Ten. Safe to say, the rest of that season was disappointing.
That was the second most exciting game I have been to. The most was certainly last year UTL.
I was at that game too it was amazing. I remember Prescott Burgess picking that ball off on the second play off the game and taking it back to the house it was amazing !!
The first 38-0 game was my favorite, in 2003. Of course, the next weekend in Oregon was one of the most painful games I've ever seen in person, so the good vibrations were short lived.
The second 38-0 came against ND's worst team in the modern era. Still, it solidified ND's place as the "University of 38 to Nothing," which is what I call ND alums/fans I come accross here in the bay area.
If this was over by the half that would be grand result. I want whatever weird conglomerated Notre Dame Broadcasting Company or VS. or NBC Sports whatthehellever channel to have to hand the reins over to Mayock all night long to dissect "what is wrong with the Irish." That guy can talk paint off a wall. His post mortem report last year was the high point of the season for me.
Then a "You Mad, Bro?" press conference will be recorded on my DVR and I will rejoice with song and wine!
I really hate those guys.
yeah I could go for a nice relaxing blowout
Those sure are nice. My heart can use some of those again. I think Hoke and Co. will start delivering some good old fashion ass whoopins in near time.
Yeah I hope we kick ass from start to finish. And I think I'll be going now
I wonder if tickets are going to be anything like UTL last year. I'm hoping not.
Do you mean in terms of price?
It's the same fan bases, but a smaller stadium. Plus ND has the most expensive tickets in the country. I'm sure it will be just as bad, if not worse.
I wouldn't be surprised if you're right (like, at all), but it would be nice if the prices dropped just due to less novelty surrounding the game.
Oh well, broke students can dream too, right?
to my own personal logic, the ticket prices should be exactly half ,since that stadium is half as awesome as ours and their fans suck and ours (most of ours) dont suck. Maybe my opinion is slanted though, just sayin.
I don't understand which part would be slanted? Sounds like sound reasoning/logic to me.
Since our fan base is so much less suckier than their's, it will mean that our fans will travel far better, therefore driving the prices up.
Last year, their sucky fans didn't want to drive to AA, therefore making the prices reasonable. This year our super unsucky fans will all want to see us beat ND again.
I don't know about you guys but I had a friend get UTL tickets for 100 each the day of the game.
I imagine the same deals could be had in south bend if you wait until day of.
That's super fortunate for your friend, but I wouldn't bank on that. Most people who aren't going will sell their tickets beforehand for triple that or more, and if someone is selling tix day of for 100 bucks, they'll be gone in a hurry. With SB's proximity to Chicago, there will be more people looking to buy than sell, and I learned in Lorch Hall that that's not good for prices.
and put the game up on the TREMENDOUS new large screens. Kinda like college football's very first Joe-vision. I'd pay a $10 donation to Mott, for example, to tailgate and watch the game with a few thousand friends. We could all chant my user name when the TV cameras come on.
You just know DB is itching to do this but obvious NASCAR style promotion is obvious...
Could you imagine if we could get Michigan Stadium to sell out an away game? That would be the ultimate recruiting pitch, " not only do we sell out every home game, we sell out away games too" . Not to mention the airtime that would recieve and the upstaging of our rival.
Awsome. Especially if we had higher attendence watching it on video at the Big House than ND had watching it live. Take that, Nebraska.
I believe Michigan has played in three of them (1982, 1988 and 1990).
Ticket prices are still going to suck.
Edit: damn it, I didn't see WH post about that down thread.
Man I wish we would've thought of this first
Most important piece of information in this post is "NBC". I usually don't hate on announcers in the way some others on here do, but I'll be watching this one on mute with the radio on.
I don't have the radio option down here in Florida, and will have to listen to the "objective" N(D)BC crew call the game. I can't wait to hear how ND gets "jobbed" on every close call that goes against them, how every flag against ND is a "terrible call," and how Michigan "shoulda been flagged there" at least twenty times during the game.
At least it's been great the last few years to listen to all of the air go out of the crew at the end of the games. As much as I share the majority wish here, I am guessing that we can count on another close, well-contested game that goes down to the last minute or two.
The SW Florida area has many Miller's Ale that televise games. Jacks' in Bonita is full of M and Wing fans. The # 20 Jersey hangs over the pool table, Redmond? LaPoint? Not too many Irish fans in Naples but a shit full from Ohio. Their the ones that give B1G a bad name down here, hope to see you supporting M in Florida.
I hope we destroy them, and I can chill out during the game.
Denard is going to make Te'o cry and wish he went into the draft. STRIKE the Heisman pose!
Night games at Notre Dame always mean trouble and heartbreak. We're 0-3 in them.
1982: Played flat all evening against a mediocre ND team coached by Gerry Faust. Only exciting thing that happened was a 72 yard punt return for a TD by Anthony Carter. LOST 23-17.
1988: ND's national championship squad. We kept their offense out of the end zone all night but they got their only touchdown on a Ricky Waters 81 yard punt return. 3 different lead changes in the 4th quarter. Mike Gillette's game winning field goal is just wide right in the final seconds. ND is inches from losing but their players parade around the field as if they won by 6 touchdowns. LOST 19-17.
1990: We blow a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Grbac throws an interception in the endzone that would have put us up 31-14. On 3rd and long, ND gets a lucky bounce that bounced off Rocket Ismail's hands and into the hands of Lake Dawson who ran about 40 something yards to set up a touchdown. This is also the game where the ref measured for a Michigan first down using an index card. ND scores the game winning touchdown with a little over a minute remaining. LOST 28-24.
I feel like I have to wash my hands after typing that.
ND is inches from losing but their players parade around the field as if they won by 6 touchdowns.
Don't mean to disparage a much better poster than I am, but couldn't that just as easily describe us last year?
Don't all teams celebrate more when it's close than when it's a blowout actually?? It's just more exciting.
I dunno, I think winning off of a TD pass is better than winning because the other guy missed a kick. That's just me though
Damn Reggie Ho and his 4 field goals in 88.
Commence regression to mean...beat ND UTL in South Bend.
What a downer.
Since ND suffered through crushing defeats the last 3 years, the new strategy must be to schedule a night game since they ALWAYS win night games against Michigan in South Bend. I guess we'll just see about that streak.
These are all from an era when ND was respectable...these were a long time ago.
Last year they gave away their night game to USC...it was in a nicely wrapped package of turnovers.
WE SHOULD TOTALLY WEAR ALL MAZE SPECIAL EDITION "FUTURE VERSION" THROWBACK JERSEYS WITH GLOW IN THE DARK WINGS PAINTED ON OUR HELMETZ!!!! Seriously though, I'm glad to see us play ND at night again. The first two games this season are going to be huge for us.
We don't play ND until week 4....
If ND doesn't have its QB situation sorted out by then, we can win comfortably. And they are minus 1 Michael Floyd. Still, this game has the potential to be a thriller. Again.
Yay! Crappy Uniform Game II
You must be talking about ND. Our uniforms were SWEET.
[EDIT]: They weren't?
While I liked them, I don't think they were necessarily sweet.
No, who are you kidding they sucked. In the eyes of someone that is 18 years or younger they might be sweet, but in reality they were just awful. Fergodsakes it hasn't even been a year and they have already been put on the top 10 list of worst uniforms ever worn for ESPN.
I'm 60 and have been watching Michigan since 1969. I thought the jerseys were fine.
and who GAF what ESPN says anyway?
UTL uniforms was much better than this.
I want a blow out win! tore NDs hearts out the last couple years, now lets just destroy their confidence! Go blue!!!
this is the road game I have circled this year. Last year was northwestern. I'm hoping I can get a couple tickets for under 300. being a night game it makes the trip so much easier.
I'd start looking really early. A pair for under 300 will be really tough.
It became tradition for the last two ND coaches to lose 38 - 0 to Michigan in their 2nd year (Willingham and Weiss). Kelly could not even get that right. But now he can make up for it this year and hang his own 38 - 0 loss on the wall. May the new ND tradition continue.
Everett Golson will probably be our QB. He is a passing QB that can run. Perfect for the spread that Kelly runs. Sat out last year because he needed to gain strength. He will be a Redshirt Freshman. Here are his senior year highlights.
Also why do you think the new QB will be worse than Rees? If Rees is the best QB he will play next year but that likely isn't going to happen.
I'm OK with this.
Other than the turnovers, Rees played fantastically against us. He (and Floyd) were carving us up. I don't want to see him if he were to solve the turnover thing. I'll take my chances with a new guy and no Michael Floyd.