is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
I will still hate both teams after the game!
... I won't watch the game.
... I won't care who wins.
... It will make me sad that I really don't care.
...Alabama 24 ND 10.
Well, what conflict of interest game. I've told myself that 'Bama would work Notre Dame since it was clear this would be the matchup in this aforementioned Bowl game! It so happens that whenever I seem to think a game would be a blowout the opposite often happens; last years MNCG game and others are exceptions but majority rules. So, I've been trying to figure out, since I feel in my heart (and brain) that 'Bama should roll, how on earth Notre Dame can stay in this game. I've got nothing, though, and don't see how a good Notre Dame can keep up with a really, really good Saban and Co..
Maybe their defense can stop Alabama's offense for a majority of the game and squeeze out a few drives, maybe one off of a turnover, and get on the score board- field goals won't do it though. I still think Alabama will score a few touchdowns though, even if they are "shut down" on the rest of their drives but I find it hard to think Notre Dame can get three touchdowns on the opposing defense. Alabama Crimson Tide 27 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish 13
Here's to the 2012 football season, ending after tonight.
It's going to be a battle of ND's front seven vs Bamas Oline. I give the slight edge to ND and I think they win 14-13.
bama wins, it wont be close
'Bama (Miami), defending national champion and everyone's pick to repeat. Possibly complacent, but we'll see.
ND (OSU), great defense with not-so-great offense. Got pretty lucky to win some of their games and easily could have lost several of them.
I have evolved in the last decade, so if ND pulls an OSU and surprises everyone, I won't visit catatonia like a I did in Jan of '03.
Clearly the difference with the "defending national champion" in this analogy is coaching. But I am definitely not going to count ND out in this game until they are actually out.
I was sort of thinking about this scenario earlier. I really do not want to see that play out but would not be surprised at all to see ND get some lucky calls and pull out a close game.
I think the big difference there, however, is that Alabama has Nick Saban. The '02 Hurricanes had some joke of a HC.
I'm not saying Larry Coker was a good coach, but I am saying when he had the talent he knew what to do with it. Those Miami teams started to go downhill after '02, but they were still 11-2 in '03 before falling to 9-3, 9-3 and then 7-6.
The problem was that he apparently wasn't very good at evaluating, developing and/or recruiting talent. Oh, and he couldn't keep his team under control, either.
Those Miami teams from the early '00s were ridiculously talented--comparable to the USC teams under Pete Carroll or the Alabama teams under Saban. And at the time, Miami was still in the Big East and played maybe 3 or 4 legitimate opponents per year. Any coach with a pulse would have had a decent chance of going 12-0 with that 2001 Miami team.
Yeah you had guys like Ed Reed, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore was the 3rd running back I believe on the depth chart, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow, and I'm sure a ton of others I'm forgetting. But man were they loaded. How do you lose a college football game when you have Andre Johnson catching passes with Frank, Clinton, or Willis running the ball? Not to mention a great defense lead by Ed Reed.
And one BCS bowl loss in OT. Any coach with a pulse could have done that? That's still a tough job even with a loaded team.
Now, if you want to disaparage Coker's ability to maintain a program go right ahead.
I honestly think 'Bama wins by 3 scores. I also think TJ Yeldon gets two scores and Eddie Lacy gets one. We'll see how my predictions play out tonight.
Bama by a hundy. ND has no business being in this game.
3 random ass predictions
Notre Dame: 9
I think Lacy and Yeldon combined will have more offense than all of Notre Dame.
I hope a meteor hits Miami or Bane shows up and blows up the stadium. If that doesn't happen I really hope Alabama wins. SEC people are bad but not as unbearable as all the bandwagon ND fans that have come out of the woodwork this season.
Michigan played both teams. I think we know who's better by leaps and bounds. I can't wait for the playoff system because it will weed out teams who squeak by Purdue, BYU, Pitt, etc. from the championship game.
As long as there is an undefeated team, they will make it into the championship bracket. Even the Purdue squeakers (OSU '02, ND '12).
I really want bama to win but not enough to watch or pretend this is happening. Fox soccer channel ho!!!!
It's going to get ugly in the second half. Saban has shown a great ability to gameplan for you if given enough time, and nothing about this ND team strikes me as an elite unit capable of moving the ball against Alabama's defense. I don't think the Tide's offense will do much either, but if they get up 7-10 and ND has to start throwing, I could see turnovers and field position clearly going in Alabama's favor. Final score will probably be Alabama 31, ND 10, with a defensive/special teams TD for Alabama making it look bigger than it was.
Meteor - 1
Everyone Else - 0
Won't they just send it into overtime?
I'll be on a flight, but should get to the hotel in time to catch most of the 2nd half.
notre dame - few points
Alabama - more points than notre dame
I think I have my Bowl Mania tiebreaker at 31-13 Bama, so that's what I'll stick with. If I get this game right with the 20+ confidence points I've given it, I may just finish in the Top 10, and will revel in all the glory that comes with it.
Sorry I forgot you couldn't make a prediction unless you predict what the masses believe, what a fucking joke.
Another violation of the First Amendment right to free speech without downward moderation. That down-voting part is in really small print, you have to look very closely to read it -- thankfully James Madison stood strong for our nation's flame-baiters.
I don't even know what this means. The masses are picking Alabama to win. So your prediction that they win by a lot is breaking from the masses?
His initial prediction was ND 14-13, but some meanies hurt his feelings.
but he has a very valid point. When someone puts up a prediction topic on this blog, it actually is a "Predict the more favorable result in the eyes to the majority or prepare to be down moderated" thread.
It's not about having your feelings hurt. It's about the unbridled ignorance that we are occasionally subjected to on this board.
it also seems like an innocuous "I think ND wins 21-14" or whatever post won't usually stay grayed out for long as more people click to see what the post actually says. I don't post in these threads very often, so maybe I just don't pay enough attention, but it seems like contrarian views that provide some kind of rationale are also way less likely to be downvoted in the first place.
The annoying part is that it falls to people who see things the way you do (and I would put myself in that camp) to upvote any of those posts, instead of leaving them grayed out.
BTW, any recommendations on online betting sites? I'm looking for a site where I can pull my winnings out after 1 game. It's a time thing, and I want cash, not an account balance. Thanks!
I am thinking 41-10. Hard for me to see how ND moves the ball consistently against Bama, and I also think that their extraordinary string of good breaks comes to an end.
Alabama will win if they play a mediocre game. What it will take for Notre Dame to win is if every player on all 3 phases plays the game of their lives, and has alot of luck, 5 or 10 freak turnovers, the offense gets hopped up on steroids and meth, and the qbs and rbs play 5 times better than they've played all year.
a little nausea
Alabama enters halftime with a 21-10 lead and finishes the game 35-10. Coach Kelly's head explodes nearing the end of the third quarter. Saban spends the night in jail after being found with strippers, coke, and Notre Dame's mascot
Saban teams don't make many.
31-10 Roll Tide
I predict that a team I intensely dislike will win.
Alabama gets a lot of hype this year after destroying Michigan and Arkansas early But neither of those teams lived up to their preseason hype. They played extremely close games with LSU and georgia and lost to Texas A&m ( They could have easily lost to LSU or Georgia).
Notre Dame has beaten every team they played unlike Alabama and also unlike Alabama they didn't play a weak schedule.... I know, i know sec SeC. Notre Dame has found a way to win all of it's games this year and I don't see any reason why that stops here.
ND pulls it out at the end 20-17.