"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|2 years 4 weeks ago||UM "quality" win opponent ND is ranked below two teams they beat||
|6 years 12 weeks ago||The "obvious" reasons you give for the turn around,||
new QB's (freshman) & D Co-ordinator (3rd in three years)are most likely the same reasons observers are predicting 6-6. To them, two new starting safeties and no depth at any defensive positions (and not much depth on offense) on the worst U-M defense ever are good reasons to doubt any more than 6 wins. I do agree that doubling last year's win total would be "far better". Regarding Coach Rod's past second years, past performance never guarantees today's results. That probably goes double in football.
|6 years 12 weeks ago||you could probably pull NW out of your list and substitue||
OSU and re-calculate your win total. I will assume it is 6-6 like most predictions.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Nope, Sheridan was actually worse than Clausen.||
Clausen completed 56.3% of his passes for 1,254 yards, with 7 touchdowns (plus two rushing TDs) and 6 interceptions in 2007. He was sacked 34 times in 9 starts. His two year stats compare quite well against those of Stafford & McCoy after their first years.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||What seems to be forgotten from that game||
was how ND took nearly every mistake into the endzone. Many times it was on a short field. The difference in talent & depth may show up even more this year.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Not that I like Weis or ND, but you dont really...||
exactly, just let them beat themselves. That's what I saw in stadium. There was never a feeling that U-M could possibly win the game. It was under control. IMO.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||How good can Zach Frazer be||
How good can Zach Frazer be if Clausen beat him out with a bad throwing arm (bone chips)? The book on Clausen will be written starting this year. We will see what was forged during the beating in 2007 & the learning how to win in 2008. I will predict most of the D Co-ordinators won't be LOL as they prep to defend him as a junior and senior (if he stays).
|6 years 15 weeks ago||I don't follow your logic||
You believe the MSU will lose to ND but, they have owned them in South Bend. You believe the Wolverines will beat ND but they have a VERY good secondary and experienced LB corp. Those are the reasons you state that MSU may win. They also have the ability to "blow anyone out of the water" with a junior QB of 20+ starts and the nation's best receiving corp (Sporting News). Please tell me why you think we will win. The back who was successful (McGuffie) last year against ND is no longer here. I'm a realist, are you just hoping or can U-M control the ball for 30 + minutes and keep the defense off the field. Can we catch a punt or kickoff yet? Punting the ball 50 yds after 3 & out is not an offense. I need to see U-M smash the Broncos before I count any wins.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||not really absurd||
Kids see a great opportunity to play at a big time football power that's down and has room on the depth chart. ND was #2 at this time last year after 3-9. Rich Rod will have to follow up with another great class after a .500-.600 season in '09.
|7 years 5 weeks ago||We'll be much better next year||
with a freshman QB, LOL, at least ND has J Claw & no.1 recruiting class, we're doomed to 6-6 next season & maybe up to Lloyd's 8-4 or 9-3 in 2010. I can't wait. This is so much worse than we all thought. No bowl, ND will beat us again in September, OSU will keep rolling, even MSU will roll us next week. Waiting, after winning 8/9 per year minimum, ain't in our vocabulary. This thing isn't getting that much better in one or two seasons. I wish I had your patience.
|7 years 6 weeks ago||The comparison to ND's season is interesting||
Unfortunately, UM is not seasoning a potential MNC QB. Clauson is clearly getting very good.
|7 years 10 weeks ago||East Carolina = Good||
Played somebody and beat somebody early - hard to argue with that. Skip Holtz will being going somewhere big soon.
|7 years 11 weeks ago||ND same team as last year?||
I believe this is a flawed view. Last year's team would have lost this game (5 losses at home last year) and we should expect improvement from them in their second game. If we expect U-M to be much improved next year why not ND? I would conclude ND is a year ahead of our program offensively (probably 2 years on the O-line) and we can expect them to have decent success at home Saturday. It will be up to U-M defense to keep Jimmah from making enough plays for them to win, else U-M gets rolled.
|7 years 13 weeks ago||I want to see the 1st road game in South Bend||
with all these young players. The sophmores had them at home last year. A true test of maturity for sure. ND 24 UM 10
|7 years 13 weeks ago||ND will probably beat U-M in '08 and finish strong...||
no one here wants to admit it, but I will. They have alot of young talent that will get better & better. They are at least one year ahead of UM, two at the QB position and when Crist plays in couple of years he'll have two years in the system. A decent season will yield another good recruiting class (thanks, Corwin). I, for one will fear them for the foreseeable future.
|7 years 14 weeks ago||ND 2006 recruiting class||
was not as good '07 & '08, players are leaving for playing time. You can't blame players from wanting to play. Play, play, play...
|7 years 16 weeks ago||#54||
6-6 = #54, 7-5= #44, 8-4=#34,9-3=#24. Pick your publication prediction for your pre-season ranking.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Blitz, Blitz, Blitz||
Get use to it, the first 3-4 games we will get blitzed to death. I hope we can pick it up. Tenuta scares me the most.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Zach Martin to Notre Dame||That's two OL recruits in a row to them. Why do recruits keep going with such losers? Weis must have the snake oil|