Alabama is a double cheeseburger with bacon!
"I love it that Ivy League coaches are coming to our camp and Big Ten coaches are coming to our camp. South Florida is coming. We've got about 70 schools that are coming to our camp."
Alabama is a double cheeseburger with bacon!
Why do so many people dislike Musberger? I've never understood that.
I was covering Sports for my HS newspaper and had access to an otherwise closed event (hey, what can I say, credentials!) in 1991? I want to say 1991. Anyway, it was for the College Football Awards ceremony, which used to be held at the College Football Hall of Fame, which USED to be located in Mason, Ohio.
Anyway, Musberger was MC'ing the event. About an hour ot so before it went on the air, I was touring around the Hall, rounded a corner, and there was Brent, head buried in notes, walking toward me, with a small entourage. I tried to take evasive action, but before I knew it, he had bowled into me. He looked up, started, and said, "Why don't you watch where you're going, young man?"
I've not been a Musberger fan since.
Met Desmond Howard that day, and got to sit right behind (and chat with) Johnny Unitas. I'll never forget that.
And yes, I know, cool story, bro.
You're right. He's not as bad as I make him out to be but I'd still prefer Gus Johnson or Keith Jackson.
Yeah, well, nobody is as good as Gus Johnson or Keith Jackson. Unless they got James Earl Jones to broadcast a game.
Prediction? Alabama wins in a blowout. Both teams have great defenses; only Alabama has a good offense.
Wishes? This game is terrible. Either ND wins and I have to hear all the return-to-glory talk from all the domers in my office, or Alabama wins and ESPN talks about how the SEC has 300 straight championships and is the only conference with fast players. Maybe the blimp will crash into the stadium, rendering the field unplayable and forcing a split national championship. That would be immensely satisfying.
The Ess Eee See talk doesn't bother me too much. They have won the last six national championships. It's hard to argue with those results (even if they are ethically challenged).
Notre Dame fans, on the other hand, piss me off to no end. One good season and they act like it doesn't matter that they've sucked for the past 20 years. With all the special treatment they get and the faux "mystique" they've been able to maintain despite their massive ineptitude, it's about damn time they amounted to something. ND should act more like Boise State and just be happy to be here (actually, Boise has had a better record in BCS games than ND).
it'll be by 3-6 points. If Alabama wins, it'll be by 10+ points.
I believe Alabama will win 30-13
Lou Holtz possibly made a good point on College Football Live a little bit ago; this notion of him making a good point is a paradox in and of itself, but bear with me. He brought up a point about Notre Dame implementing some option offense into their gameplan to keep Alabama honest on defense. This would keep them from running so much of their pro-style defense that incorporates lots of stunts and "difficult" concepts that helps make them a superior unit. What say the football gurus around here? Would this help negate the talent (and probably scheme) advantage that Alabama normally has on an offense?
...in essence, is that ND would have a "decisive schematic advantage"?
I agree and disagree with the above. The time dedication needed to implement said offense might be a bit of a stretch. But, the fact that a tame Michigan team couldn't get the edge I don't think equates to ND not being able to. Their O-line is better than Michigans and they have a decent-at the least, running back. I don't recall Michigan trying to get the edge either, with Denard. A few run plays but much passing to open things up, which we all know didn't happen. I've somewhat drowned the memories of that game so if what I just typed is asinine and not very factual, forgive me.
I don't neccesarily think it. I thought it a possible, practical way for ND to move the ball and maybe get some points on a few drives, something that thaey'll need to do, obviously. Again, like some are saying below, I'm not sure enough time and preparation has gone into and was even possible for implementing said offense, but, Michigan implemented a spread n'shread offense in Lloyd's going away party against Florida. I understand that in some ways is an apples to oranges comparison, for numerous reasons. Anywho, I guess I thought it an interesting point. I'm not sure why Lou would say that, well maybe because he's senile and has lost it, if he didn't think something likI that would take place tonight. Again, with all the boring back n' forth hoopla over this game, I found that a different take on how ND could maybe hang with big, bad Alabama.
The option has always been, and remains, a legitimate way for the offense to gain a numbers advantage against any defense. But to run it effectively, a team needs to commit to the option and practice it rigorously. You also need a QB who not only can run the ball, but who is also good at making the reads. It's not really something you can realistically install for a bowl game. Maybe a few plays that you can run as a change-of-pace or something, but not as the bread & butter of your attack.
I think this is one of the instances where the transitive property is useful. We lost to Alabama because we were thoroughly outclassed at almost every position. That was clearly not the case in the ND game. We had a shot at winning despite turning the ball over six times.
I think ND is a better team now -- perhaps, decidedly better -- than when we played them, early in the season. Do you agree?
No. They needed a blown call and a missed FG in OT to beat Pitt (!) in the ninth game of the season. The USC game was also in doubt until late in the 4th quarter. ND is no better now than they were when we gifted them a win back in September.
With you however I think we to are a much better team. Devin and Denard would have a field day and we know our Defense could shut then down. We are the better team but lost because better teams do that sometimes
if Bama wins, then we have to keep hearing about S-E-C! S-E-C!
if Notre Dame wins, well, thats pretty much self explanatory.
So, for me? Pain. Either way
ND would lose to Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Oregon, just to name a few.
Alabama 23, ND 10. I also predict I'll be fed up with hearing about whichever team wins within 10 seconds of the game being over.
but I honestly do believe ND will struggle to score at all. Their offense is not that impressive.
Alabama Offense v Notre Dame Defense - PUSH
Alabama Defense v Notre Dame Offense - I think that's a big win for Alabama.
I'm gonna guess Bama wins 25-12
Depending on where you go, the spread on this game sits at Alabama -9 or -10 or thereabouts with the O/U sits around 40 points.
From a productivity standpoint on offense, Alabama averaged 38.5 points per game to Notre Dame's 26.8 points, and yet the edge on scoring defense actually goes to Notre Dame by mere tenths of a point (10.7 to 10.3). However, Notre Dame is, by the totals, has the best rush defense that Alabama has faced and the second-best pass defense - I have to think that McCarron-Lacy-Yeldon connection may have some drives where they don't look quite like Alabama.
That being said, however, Notre Dame would need Everett Golson and that offense running on all cylinders to really be in immediate danger of stumbling upon a win in this game, I think. Unless the Irish can render Lacy and Yeldon totally ineffective, Alabama scores one way or another. The Nix-Jones matchup at nose tackle and center respectively might have much to do how McCarron does. If Notre Dame can't get pressure, I don't think they win.
I could see a 24-14-ish game here, going to Alabama.
Both teams are a draw on defense, though a slight edge for Bama in both YPG allowed and passing D.
On offense, both teams are middling passing teams (Bama 61st, NStain 75th).
Biggest difference between the two teams is rushing offense and scoring. Alabama is a much better rushing team (13th vs. NStain at 27th) and scoring offense (Alabama ranked 15th) than Notre Dame (ranked 75th).
You forgot "Presented by Vizio". That said, no matter how much we look at the numbers, they don't mean much when the ball is snapped. Upsets happen. Just like tonight. ND 23-20.
much like Tresselball. I see Bama winning 21-17 or 19-16. The highest score I can see is 27-13, and that's only if Bama jumps out to a 17-3 lead at halftime.
It won't be that great of a game to watch, I am actually hoping for a sloppy monsoon with six to 10 turnovers and 300 yards in penalties culminating a 9-0 win for Bama.
I hate both, but the only school I hate more than ND is Ohio so I have to root for Bama. Besides there is a really hot chick at work that is a huge Bama fan.
Embarrass nd and I will be a happy camper
You guys putting up 20, 30, 40 points are crazy.
Bama wins 12-6.
Bama's 12 is a TD (+PAT), a FG, and a safety.
ND manages only a pair of FGs.
Bama plays 11-on-18 ball tonight, and loses a close game decided by penalties and controversial calls at inopportune times. The NCAA loves it when ND wins a "National Championship."
if i was smart, i'd take bama. but notre dame is a team of destiny this year. i think the game tonight will go for notre dame how last year's sugar bowl went for us. bama will throroughly outplay them and stuff their offense, but they will make critical mistakes at the worst possible times that give notre dame points. yeldon and/or lacy will inexplicably fumble at least twice. the football gods just will not let notre dame lose tonight. notre dame 24-21. glory restored. apocalypse commenced.
don't care as long as roll tide
That the BCS banner on the 50 yard line will be gigantic and that instead of having the universities names prominately displayed in the end zones they'll downsize them so they can have additional BCS banners displayed.
But comes up just chin whisker short.
In the same way Nebraska's luck caught up to them in the B1G CG, ND will run out of luck tonight. Additionally, Alabama has too much talent. I think Notre Dame has one big play that scores, and it will be a 21-7 halftime. Yet, Bama will be too strong and pull away for the 42-7 win. Roll Tide!
Boring game, close at halftime to keep us all watching, Bama pulls away slightly in 3rd quarter, 20-6.
Bama 32 ND 12
Wins 25 or 30 out of 100?
Fucking way. They win 1 out of a hundred and that's only if Bama plays their backups all game and even then it's a close game
We should have beaten ND!
Before the game I called 38-3 Bama but the game could have been much worse than that score even.