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Old 12-02-2012, 11:51 AM   #92 (permalink)
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I think it's the same story all year for ND: if the Irish can run and stop the run, they give themselves a good shot to win.

You are correct. Those two are alot alike. Bama bigger on the o-line. Irish bigger on the d-line. I was really impressed with Alabama's run game. Not sure why you pass like they did against A&M so close to the goal line with those beasts up front and those bruising backs. Same for the pass at the end of the first half against Ga.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:54 AM   #93 (permalink)
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My thoughts on ND to win from watching yesterdays SEC championship.

Defensively:
Control line of scrimmage (obviously)

Keep the ND DL fresh by substitutions. The first teamers will take a beating. Thankfully Kona, Springmann, Day, and Williams have been doing good work.

Dont bite too hard on the PA or screens.

No arm tackling nonsense. Got to hit em hard, wrap up and gang tackle because Lacy is a load. Too bad Robert Hughes is out of eligibility because he would be a really good scout team stand in for Lacy.

Keep everything in front of you just like how ND played against USC and OK.

I have a feeling that Bama will try to do what they did in last years BCS championship and that would be to pass early and often. Then switch to the running game to break the will of the defense.

Offensively:
Protect Golson (obviously)

OL needs keep the pressure off Golson so he doesn't get happy feet in the pocket.

Got to score TDs

Test Bamas pass defense by going deep.

Use Bamas defensive aggressiveness against them.

Hold on to the football. They will try to strip and create turnovers.

They are fast on the edges so it is important to get effective runs between the tackles.

The team that will win Jan 7th will have to be the more physical.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #94 (permalink)
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I think it's the same story all year for ND: if the Irish can run and stop the run, they give themselves a good shot to win.
Exactly. There's 2 factors

1) Who wins the line of scrimmage

2) How Golson performs

Having Manti dissolves a lot of the other variables that most every other team in the country would face. Having done it all year, Manti anchoring the defense shores up a lot of the big yardage plays, like broken tackles gone for 25 yards, the garbage short passes for big gains etc that doomed Georgia in the SEC title game.

The way that ND has won, particularly against their best, toughest, most talented opponents (Stanford, MSU when they were #10, Oklahoma, USC) is by wearing down and dominating their opponents in the 4th quarter. The way these guys are conditioned you almost wonder what Longo has them on. The big goal line stands, the pound and ground to close out games are all the result of both D and O lines superior conditioning, strength and heart.

In the Georgia game you can see how Bama wore down the Georgia front. When it comes to the skill and speed positions Alabama has a clear advantage over ND. But how about the line? Strength unlike speed can be developed. Heart can't be measured. Despite what many who have not watched ND are assuming, it's an open question about which team will win this epic battle. Whoever wins this in the 4th quarter will probably win this game.

Second, Golson is a big ? This kid has heart bigger than his 5'10 (legit) frame but honestly isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. He is a competitor though and has incredible self confidence. Honestly against USC and Oklahoma it almost seemed like he literally didn't know enough to be intimidated. If he can carry that same cocksuredness into the National Title game it will go a long way to help the Irish. As long as he keeps moving, his mobility and improvisation to break down planned defensive schemes will be frustrating for a Bama defense for whom those in-game adjustments by its defense isn't a strength.

On the flip side Saban is a genius at making adjustments before bowl games. Kelly, whom I consider a motivator without parallel in college football for the underachievers/underappreciated... to this point has largely proved his coaching bones for the grind of the regular season, he's a relative noob in terms of winning big bowl games. The largest secondary factor is what kind of fronts and traps Saban shows to Golson and whether Golson will bite, or whether those broken plays actually turn into a Parthian gambit for Alabama.

As for experience. It's a real asset but IMO Bama's advantage in experience is a wash with ND's heart, sense of destiny and the mere presence of Te'o on the field. They're BUILT to be underestimated and go into big games and play with no fear just determination. They've done it repeatedly this year. There's no reason to think that they will not be able to, when they've hit so many emotional highs with composure to this point.

As for the SEC stuff, that's mainly only annoying to people in the South whose teams have to play the conference all year. To Domers and most of the rest of the country it's not a big deal at all.
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That gets uglier every time I see it. No suspension coming though, don't want it anyways. EG will be fine if he doesn't try to be a hero until the second half.
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What was the problem with that hit?

Are QBs totally untouchable now? Stams did that to Rodney Peete during the exact same situation in 1988. Have they changed that rule now?

I don't see what is so dirty about it, honestly. Maybe I am just too old-school when I think about football.
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What was the problem with that hit?

Are QBs totally untouchable now? Stams did that to Rodney Peete during the exact same situation in 1988. Have they changed that rule now?

I don't see what is so dirty about it, honestly. Maybe I am just too old-school when I think about football.
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What was the problem with that hit?

Are QBs totally untouchable now? Stams did that to Rodney Peete during the exact same situation in 1988. Have they changed that rule now?

I don't see what is so dirty about it, honestly. Maybe I am just too old-school when I think about football.
There are two problems with this hit. The first is that it is helmet to helmet on a defenseless player. The second is that it is unnecessary since it is on a player who is not attempting to enter the play (or something like that).

If you want to get a mad about a hit, this was called a penalty and it brought back a td. The blocker put a shoulder into the chest of a guy who had a shot at making the play, smh.

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