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|03-15-2009, 01:23 AM||#1 (permalink)|
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My wild, early preseason predictions for 2009
It's late night, I'm bored, and have nothing to do. This happened.
- Clausen will be much, much improved. Following the debacle of interceptions and blown leads that was the second half of the 2008 season, Jimmy is going to take a huge leap after his brilliant performance in Hawaii. From the first throw against Nevada, Clausen will be firing the ball with confidence and accuracy. Jimmy won the quarterback job at the Hawaii Bowl, and Weis' confidence in his field general has never been stronger. Clausen will throw for 3500+ yards and 40+ touchdowns, book it. The haters will continue to plague him, however, until he has his breakout game against USC. I am confident in Jimmy for next year. Also, expect under 10 picks next year.
- Allen will continue to get the rock and continue to prove he doesn't deserve it. His tackle-breaking ability will not improve and he will still go down on the first hit. Hughes, as he did against Hawaii, will keep on being the best back on the team, but will be ignored by Weis like this past season. Aldridge, Gray, Wood, and Riddick will all see carries, but nothing truly significant.
- Floyd and Tate will both have 1000 yard seasons and 10 TD's each. Deion Walker, John Goodman, and Shaquelle Evans will share the third receiver spot. Roby Toma will be redshirted. Robby Parris will be buried on the depth chart.
- The offensive line will improve, and be about as successful as the 2006 unit, which means Jimmy is still going to take more shots than he needs to. Sam Young will continue to prove he is the biggest bust on campus since Ron Powlus. Chris Watt will see very significant playing time.
- Weis will not call plays from the booth.
- Kapron Lewis-Moore, Ian Williams, Brandon Newman, and Ethan Johnson will start on the defensive line. Ethan Johnson will build off of his strong finish to his freshman campaign and will get at least 10 sacks. We will get more pressure than last season, forcing more sacks and causing many hurried throws. Randy Hart will have the defensive line ready and dominating in 2009.
- Brian Smith, Darius Fleming, and Manti Te'o will round out the linebacker corps, with Zeke Motta and Kerry Neal seeing much playing time. A healthy Brian Smith should have a monster year, recording 100+ tackles and becoming a star for our Irish. Fleming and Te'o should make great contributions, as well. Coupled with our offensive line, the run defense will be much better than last season's terror.
- Darrin Walls, Raeshon McNeil, Harrison Smith and Kyle McCarthy will start in the secondary. Sergio Brown, Robert "Beast" Blanton and Jamoris Slaughter will also see signifcant playing time. Darrin Walls will have 5 picks and will take one to the house. Expect to see Hasie struggling early, but eventually steeling up and having a nice second half to the season. The secondary will be the strongest unit of next year's defense.
- Brandon Walker will win the kicking job. The competition will be "not even close".
- Nick Tausch or Ben Turk punts. Seriously, I've seen paraplegics that can punt better than Eric Maust.
- Golden Tate will still do kick returns, alongside Cierre Wood. One or both of them will take a kick to the house next season. Golden Tate will also be returning punts.
NEVADA: Easy, blowout win, although we cannot underestimate them. Clausen will pick apart their secondary and Shaquelle Evans will catch his first touchdown pass.
MICHIGAN: What should be an easy win could turn into a struggle. We got lucky against a terrible Michigan squad this year. As long as the line blocks and the weather is fine, Clausen will have another nice day, and the Tate/Floyd combo will silence the 100,000+ at Michigan Stadium. Golden Tate will have a demonic big play on a slant where he breaks multiple tackles.
MICHIGAN STATE: Toss-up. Always a dangerous opponent, Michigan State always poses the most frustrating game on the schedule. We could've won last year, but we didn't catch a break. It all depends on the offensive line. If we cannot get the run-game going, Clausen and Floyd will have to carry the team on their shoulders...again.
PURDUE: Blowout. Clausen, as usual, will have a field day. Floyd and Tate will have a hundred yards each. Notre Dame wins running away.
WASHINGTON: Blowout. Ty Willingham proved he's a terrible coach, and it will take Washington years and years to recover. Expect a repeat of last season's game, but Notre Dame will score far more points than last year's meager 33.
USC: The biggest "eh" game on the schedule. Either a close game or a major loss. It all depends on the team. This is definitely the hardest game to predict. Let's be optimistic and say win.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Toss-up. Anywhere from a close win to a blowout to a blowout loss. Still impossible to predict.
WASHINGTON STATE: Blowout. No description needed.
NAVY: Blowout. The debacle from the last two years will be a distant memory.
PITTSBURGH: Possible loss. Clausen needs to play well to win this game.
CONNECTICUT: Blowout. Donald Brown left, so they have no offense. The Irish should dominate.
STANFORD: Blowout. Jim Harbaugh will be tossing his hat all over the field.
Final Record: 11-1
- We will wear the green jerseys for the USC game.
- Weis will keep his job (damn it)
And that's it. Thoughts? Things to add?
|03-15-2009, 11:05 AM||#5 (permalink)|
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This is no way to treat a new guy!!! I could expect you to treat ME like that but not a newbie. I think Its a pretty darn good post. a little pitchy in some spots dog (randy jackson) lol. 11-1 though is pretty steep I think. I say we go 9-3 or 8-4 and Charlie Weis loses his job.
|03-15-2009, 11:17 AM||#6 (permalink)|
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Ill do one of my own, slightly differently, actually predicting the score
Nevada-W, Clausen starts his run for the heisman by completing 84% of his passes going 21-25, throwing 4 touchdowns, 2 to Tate, 1 to Floyd, and 1 to Rudolph for 340 yards. Armando Allen adds one, taking a hand off from the fifty to the house. Cierre Wood returns a punt for a touchdown. ND wins 42-13
Michigan-W Still rebuilding big time, they will be starting a true freshman QB in Tate Forcier, revenge for their 38-0 beating to us back in 07 at their place, we 38-0, Clausen throwing 3 touchdowns completing 65% of his passes, Aldridge taking one in, Allen taking one in, and Tate, Floyd, and Kamara each get a TD.
Michigan State-W, I honestly think they will be one of the weaker teams on our schedule. Their offense will be incapable with out Ringer, although they will probably have a better QB, but our DBs in Walls and Blanton will kick the **** out of him intercepting 3 passes. We win 31-10, Clausen completing 59% of his passes, throwing his first INT on the season, but still throwing for 2 Touchdowns. Allen adds a TD, and Hughes does too, rushing for a total of 200+ as a team.
Purdue-W, they will be horrible. nuff said
Washington-W, they will be good 4 years from now, but not this year.
USC-In a #4(USC) vs #6 battle of the titans, USC prevails by kicking a field goal with a 35 seconds to take a late lead. Clausen leads a late charge after the USC kicker kicking a touchback, they drive 60 yards. Walker takes a shot at the 57 yard field goal, and it hits of the goal post, bounces up in the air twice, and finally misses. USC wins 31-30. Clausen has the game of his life throwing for 3 touchdowns, 1 to allen, 1 to floyd, and 1 to tate, and connecting for 320 yards for a completion percentage of 64%.
Boston College-W after losing a lot on defense, and then the even bigger blow of losing their stud coach, it was almost never even close. ND wins 45-21
Washington State-This team will never be good again, atleast in the next decade.
Pitt-No shade mccoy, and their QB's suck!!!! We will win this one
UConn- W. They lose one of the best RBs in the country
Stanford-W you see Harbrough crying on the sidelines in the second half after Notre Dame gets their 35th point with 10 minutes left in the 3rd.
|03-15-2009, 11:19 AM||#7 (permalink)|
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