"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
apparently you cant pick ND to win or it's trolling
You really can't. Remember the talking points.
- Michigan good
- ND bad
- OSU bad
- Sparty thugs
- our players angels
Notre Dame's schedule was actaully pretty easy. The Pac 12 was overrated this year and Stanford almost lost to 7-5 Wisconsin. Oklahoma was overrated and was exposed easily against Texas A&M. ND almost lost to Purdue, BYU, and Pitt. Alabama crushed all inferior opponents with ease. If Bama played Purdue, BYU, or Pitt, they'd win by more than 3.
Alabama was the best team ever in the history of college football earlier this year. They didn't beat all inferior opponents they lost to Texas A&M at home. A lot of good teams stomp inferior teams the great teams win the close ones.
And that 7-5 Wisconsin team put 70 on Nebraska a team we couldn't score on period. Put your rocks down your house is as glass as they come. I don't like Notre Dame anymore than any of you do but I still think they win this game
Texas A&M is effing good. If Notre Dame played Alabama's schedule they would definitely struggle with teams like Mississippi or Mississippi State.
It's not about who struggles with who it's about winning and ND won every game they played.
The 2002 Buckeyes struggled against some lesser teams but they still beat a Miami team folks thought was going to blow them out. Stop down voting my posts cause you dont agree with my opinion, I can do that too
South Carolina had to score a last second TD to beat a mediocre Michigan team. UGA so called vaunted defense got shredded by a medicore Nebraska offense. LSU lost to Clemson. Northwestern beat Mississippi State. Florida got shredded by Louisville. The only good win by SEC so far is Texas A&M dominating Oklahoma. Bama had the benefit of missing Florida, UGA(until champ game), South Carolina. Instead of facing the three teams in regular season, they faced terrible teams like Kentucky and Tennessee.
but Notre Dame almost lost to Purdue. By the way Oklahoma State just scored again.
Yea because purdie was the same team at the start of the season that they where at the start. The players at Purdue quit after the Wisconsin game.
So Purdue's players weren't trying against ND? Are you sure you're not an Irish fan?
You dont read too well. Purdue played ND the second game of the season and Wisconsin like the 5-6 game
So? ND still struggled with them.
They beat them and all in all thats all that matters is IF you win , not how you win
In awarding championships I agree with you. But when you are trying to predict the outcome of a future game, I think how well a team played against a previous opponent is at least as important as whether that team won or lost.
There is no column for almost wins.
Good offense and great defense beats average offense and great defense. Bama's OL should wear down ND's front 7 just enough to put it away in the 4th quarter.
As a Michigan fan and a Tennesse sympathizer (family roots), I will be rooting against both teams every play and for some meteor or comet or black hole or alien invasion etc etc to save us all.
Notre Dame: -4
I would stop watching football if I could see ND somehow get negative points. It would be like winning the lottery for all the money in the world.
I'd almost rather see ND get only 1 point. Alabama torches them for 7 straight touchdowns, but on the last extra point decides to have someone take the snap and run 98 yards backward and kneel it in their own endzone as a joke.
Alabama 0 - ND 0. Alabama on Penalty Kicks.
Notre Dame 0
Notre Dame 0
anything else worth watching tonight?
my first ever double post!
If ND loses I'm never not happy. If they win we see them under the lights next year for another ass kicking at home where our record is not to shabby.
Yeah, it would be great to get revenge against the reigning national champs at UTL the sequel.
2002 Ohio didn't struggle with so many under 8 win teams. ND struggled with Purdue, BYU, and Pitt just off the top of my head. Their impressive wins actually look pretty bad now that bowl season is over and Oklahoma got destroyed and Stanford almost got beat by a 5 loss team.
What? are you researching anything you write or just how you remember it?
The 2002 buckeyes needed OT to beat a 5 win illinois team, they struggled with an 8 win Wisconsin team and a 7 win Cincinnati team
A heartbreaker. OSU was Clarett-less for that one, and Cincy dropped (I believe) 2 TD passes in the endzone.
I modded this post as "interesting," in the hopes that it would no longer be listed as "normal."
This video pretty accurately sums up my expectations for the night
Notre Dame 26
I'm really hoping more like Bama 35, ND 10, but something tells me that this one's going right down to the wire. For the most part, all of the BCS games have sucked...so I think we get our "good" one tonight.
Yes they have won all of their games but they play a real team tonight. Seeing as how lucky they've gotten this season, I'd expect the entire Bama team to be out with the flu.
Real Team? You're lucky... hell we're all Lucky the Buckeyes are under sanctions or else this would Ohio vs. ND in the NCG. My God try and pick a winner of that one without wanting to swallow a pistol
Good point indeed.
Picture doesn't show the ball going deep into a receiver's hands to set up another TD though.
Well, considering 'tis the season for one-point safeties, Alabama 6-1.
You can only realistically score a one-point safety if you are the team that just scored a TD. For instance, in the Oregon-KSU game, Oregon scored the single point after KSU blocked Oregon's extra point attempt, then took the ball back into their own end zone. The only way that a team could score a one-point safety as their only point of the game would be if the other team scored a TD, then took a 97-yard sack on their conversion attempt.
Even then, I think the defending team would be awarded a standard two-point safety, not a one-point safety.
EDIT: Never mind. According to Wikipedia, you're right. But couldn't that also occur if a blocked PAT or an intercepted two-point conversion attempt is returned to the endzone by the defensive team? Is there any difference between a 99-yard sack and rerurning an INT or fumble, in the context of a failed two-point conversion or botched PAT try?
No, if the defending team (the non-kicking team) returns it to the other team's end zone, it's a two point conversion for them, not a one point conversion
If either team scores in a way that would have been a TD on a normal play, it's two points. If either team scores in a way that would have been a FG or a safety on a normal play, it's one point.
Or Alabama gets the extra point blocked; Notre Dame runs it back, fumbles it into the end zone, Bama falls on it.
@FrankMurphy (from the ever-reliable Wikipedia):
In college football a conversion safety can also be scored by the defense as well as the offense. While one has never been scored, a defensive conversion safety is the only possible way, other than a forfeit, in which a team could finish with a single point in an American football game.
The one-point safety is a bit of a misnomer. You can only score a one-point safety on a failed PAT attempt, so it's effectively the same as if you made the PAT. It isn't as big of a deal as the talking heads have made it out to be.
In American football, there is no way to score a solitary point.
17-13 Notre Dame
Notre Dame 20 - Alabama 17. I wish there was a Telemundo or Univision type broadcast instead of 4 hours of Musberger.