OT: Are you rooting for Notre Dame?

Submitted by MGoVoldemort on January 3rd, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Naturally, Michigan fans are born with a disdain for Notre Dame. Recent years, however, have given us a more than sufficient dislike of any and all things SEC. That being said, who will you be rooting for in the NC game?


For me, my hatred of the SEC will win out here and I'll be rooting for the Irish. 



Perkis-Size Me

January 3rd, 2013 at 3:45 PM ^

to hell with ND. yeah, the prospect of getting the defending national champions at home next year is cool, but i'm rooting for alabama. when we played alabama, they flat out kicked our ass in every phase of the game. they were the better team, and i can live with that. when we lost to ND, despite Denard's poor performance, the defense gave us every opportunity to win that game. we threw 6 picks and lost by one damn TD. that's hard to stomach, and now, they're in the title game. bama's where they are because they were better than everyone else. nd is there because everything that could have gone right for them did at the best possible time.


January 3rd, 2013 at 4:05 PM ^

No. I'm not rooting for Notre Dame. I'm not rooting for Alabama either.

I'll be watching the game while drinking heavily and hoping for some sort of implosion that swallows the stadium whole.


January 3rd, 2013 at 4:13 PM ^

I can deal with another Alabama win and another SEC win. Whatever. They have a dominant program and I hope we can challenge that in the future. A ND win means hearing about it from their fans for the next 20-30 years and it'd help their recruiting immensely. To Hell with Notre Dame!!!


January 3rd, 2013 at 4:24 PM ^

really lackluster performance by both teams. A low-scoring fumblefest in which UA is shown to be not all that dominant would be fine with me. 

EDIT: It's fine with me if ND wins, IF we beat them in the second game next year. Seems to me that would raise our stature more than ND getting crushed. 


January 3rd, 2013 at 4:47 PM ^

There's a big problem here. If Alabama wins, even if the rest of the SEC teams lose their bowl games, the hype will still be there. If Alabama loses then the media might jump on the ''Is football in the north coming back?'' OR they forget about the SEC and everyone else completely and just slurp all over Notre Dame.

Either way the outcome has a 2/3 chance of sucking.


January 3rd, 2013 at 4:56 PM ^

All of our games were winnable this year, except Alabama. I honestly think the Tide are the better team.

And the better laundry detergent.


Smash Lampjaw

January 3rd, 2013 at 5:36 PM ^

ND competes with Michigan, in it's own backyard, for the midwest/academic/big-time sports/tradition trophy. Alabama can wear the football factory crown without bothering us too much, but those ND graduation rates and academic rankings bother us. Northwestern graduation rates and academic rankings bother us a little, too, but we have big-time sports, so there.

Someone mentioned already that ND fans are not self-aware. They are also oblivious to the rest of college sports. No wonder they have their own network and no league- they are the only thing that matters. I know, Fremeau and all, but the average ND fan that I have known does not care a flying flip about college sports anyplace else.


January 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 PM ^

I hate both of the teams anyway, so weighing which team I hate more doesn't make sense to me. I want to think of what is best for Michigan football.

I laugh every time I hear a Michigan fan say they would rather root for Bama. Simply put, Notre Dame (as much as I dislike them) winning the NC game is better for college football.

The SEC "dominance" and "SEC is the measuring stick" stigmas are outplayed and old. There are many BCS schools that would be great if they could oversign recruits, and then just pull the scholarships of the players that don't pan out.

With Florida and LSU already losing their bowl games, Nebraska putting up 30+ on the SEC champ runner up, it would be good for football for Notre Dame to win and have the SEC go 0-2 in BCS bowl games. Just kick them down a notch.

Michigan wasn't prepared at all for bama, the only team on our schedule to blow us out. Michigan picked it up fast and Notre Dame had to get 5-6 turnovers, at home, to beat us by 7. Simply put, it is better for Michigan to have Notre Dame win the NC. This would give Michigan the first realistic crack, at home in 2013, to knock off the reigning national champ on national telivision at night. 

Remove your blinders of hate and think of what is best for Michigan. Notre Dame winning is good for college football and is good for Michigan.


January 3rd, 2013 at 5:45 PM ^

That's what I'm thinking. If Notre Dame wins, it may REALLY give recruits second thoughts about flocking to the SEC. Notre Dame will always recruit well and we will always recruit well. Brady has a national championship ring as an assistant coach that he probably shows recruits too.

If Notre Dame wins this it may be a huge favor to everyone in college football outside the SEC. Besides we're not even going to be playing Notre Dame in a couple years.


January 3rd, 2013 at 5:56 PM ^

I will NEVER root for ND UNLESS they are playing tosu.  Of course then I root for a 3-3 tie with 20 turnovers and 300 yards in penalties.

I would love to see Bama win 87-0 and Brian Kelly to turn so purple that Barney is jealous.

Afterwards, Saban admits college bores him and he goes to the Bears.  Brian Kelly goes to the Chargers and Chip Kelly goes to KC. Urban Meyer bolts for ND and Douchetonio goes to tosu, where he fails miserably


January 3rd, 2013 at 6:17 PM ^

Rooting for a good game - don't like either. Will probably determine my interest late in the game with whichever team is trying to make a late comeback.

Probably best interest for Michigan would be Bama rolling the Irish and "exposing" them. SEC is tough to recruit against, but we recruit head-to-head against ND more often.


January 3rd, 2013 at 6:45 PM ^

We recruit many of the same areas. The last thing we want is those guys winning an NC when they are competing with us for many of the same recruits, including Damon Webb, Mike Weber and Malik McDowell


January 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 PM ^

I want nothing more than to see Bama put the kind of beating on nd that they did us. Would love it. Don't care. MAYBE if nd were in the B10 (maybe) I'd be indifferent but I have no reason to want them to win. In fact, as others have stated, nd winning would really hurt recruiting in a time where we need to keep it going the most. Heck, nd somehow was pulling studs when they were in a 15+ year funk. Don't want them "returning to glory" just when we're rebuilding and osu has that douche down South. The media hype machine for nd needs to be taken by shock and awe at how badly they get beat. Yet, something in me thinks this game will be close. Don't like it or know why but I do. Yet, make no mistake in that NO Michigan fan should be an nd fan for the NCG. Forget conference. Let Bama control the South as long as he stays. We don't need Kelly with a flashy ring to show recruits we're going after as well.