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Who said it won't be close?
The comments in this thread have stated that ND would lose.
Not a comment about how close the game would be (this is our board? What are you expecting?)
Calm down. You're hearing things elsewhere and venting them here.
As I look back through NDs schedule there is one thing I notice. They have faced teams with elite talent on offense and defense but never both in the same game. Regardless of who wins the SEC championship Saturday, you guys will have to deal with elite talent on both sides of the ball. You haven't faced a team with so much talent on defense and offense like UGA and Bama has.
Don't forget that you had a RFr making his first start at QB when you played USC. FWIW, I still think you would've won had Barkley started. And you're right, ND will get its chance against an SEC team and to "Shut UP" all of us southern redneck hillbillies. If UGA gets the opportunity to play ND for the MNC, I think we win. As I would suppose that you do, too. I just hope I get to see it.
My point to the entire ND fanbase.
So did OSU... and Oklahoma... and Texas... and Oregon...
But I digress.
You northern folk clearly know more about football than any of us hillbillies could ever dream to, given we're all inbred and have the IQ of a rotten oak stump. We should probably just quit playing the game completely guys. Since there's no hope that anyone could EVER stand a chance against this ND team and all...
"HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS"
Georgia has played teams with an average offensive rank of 81. That doesn't include Georgia Southern. Only two teams ranked inside the top 50 and 5 teams actually ranked outside the top 100 and again does not include Georgia Southern. The only two good teams they faced they had a grand total of 497 yards. You scored a total of 24 points. Yet I am to believe that Georgia's skill players would light up ND's defense? Again, it will be decided Jan 7th.
Yall's offense is average at best and this is why UGA and Bama will walk all over you. Y'all have a great defense and no one will argue that, but so do UGA and bama. However, UGA and Bamas offense are 10x better than yalls. If UGA and Bama can score 10 pts they will win. But i don't see y'all holding either team under 20. The score will look something like 24-7. With yalls only score coming from a defensive play.
You can pull out all the national statistical ranking crap to support your point all you want. It's irrelevant.
A putrid UF offense (106th in the country, according to you) just pantsed the nation's #1 statistical defense this weekend. Ran all over 'em.
Excuse us for feeling like national stats don't mean $hit. They haven't for over 10 years when the SEC goes outside our league.
The number 11 and 27th ranked offense couldn't score more than 13 points and only 2 teams have scored 14 or more points all year. So I guess I can see that.
Alabama averages 433 yards on offense
Georgia averages 463 yards
ND averages 421 yards
Y'alls offense ain't that much better.
The thing is, stats don't matter in a championship game.
This post was edited by Richsethhardy 17 months ago
and ND doesn't play SEC defenses each week. We will give it to you that your defense is pretty good but your offense doesn't face the kind of caliber that a UGA or Bama team does week in and week out. So all your stats doesn't mean a thing. This isn't the NFL. It's college football and the SEC is a totally different style of play. So stats don't mean anything unless you are comparing stats with SEC vs SEC teams. You don't get it. Neither did the previous 6 NC contenders.
Hope you play well on Saturday. Good luck.
I want to say I thought the Georgia fans were very nice as this is their board. I would assume they expect to win if they get to the game as ND fans do. I am sure all be answered on the night of January 7. Georgia is a nice team that is the truth but all fans see their teams as a bit better than they are. I would rather play Bama so everyone can take that for what it is worth. I do think you folks are polite and the conversations were polite with both opinions offered. Good luck to your team this Saturday.
I will personally come to your board and tip my hat if ND doesn't get stomped in the MNC...and I will open the thread for you to do the same when it happens. Deal?
Stanford held Oregon to 14 points each. Not sure I can take your post seriously. How about Georgia playing 3 teams named Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, and Georgia Southern counting in the stats as well?
The bottom line is that ND has faced some very strong defenses -- five top 20 defenses nationally, in fact. No team in the country this year has played end of the year juggernauts every single week, including Georgia who has played two current Top 25 teams all year in Florida (8 point win) and South Carolina (28 point loss). I think 12 games, with 3 against top talent, 3 against patsies, and 6 against mediocre teams -- is about what you'll see on any of those teams' schedules -- and that would include Georgia. You can't just dismiss that many statistics. But if you do that's your call for your own appraisal of the game (which is why I'm here -- to find out about this team we might play), and doesn't really matter to me.
I do think you guys might be right about the passing game from a scheme and execution perspective. We didn't face USC with Barkley and if your QB likes to air it out, can take care of the football, and can be more dangerous in the red-zone than OU's Landry then it will be the best passing offense we've faced. That said, they've said that our young secondary was going to get torched through the air a few times this season -- vs. Miami (3 points), vs. OU (13 points and no passing TD's and 1 INT) and vs. USC (13 points one passing TD and 2 INT's).
Oh, and if you don't know Te'o, then you don't know Te'o. The kid is 100x what his stats show to this team. I'm sure you like your LB's better, and who knows they might have better measurables and stats, but Te'o is the leader of all 22 men on that field every time he plays. I haven't seen any football player do that since Reggie Bush.
2012 College Football Challenge Champion -- Bring it!
I appreciate this post. I do think your passing attack may be the top one we will face all year. It's interesting since you didn't have such high expectations for them at the beginning of the season. That sounds just like what we thought about our secondary. We had lost three starters from last year's defensive backfield, a 1st round Safety in Harrison Smith, a 5th round CB in Robert Blanton, and multi-year starter Gary Gray. Worse was that we had no experienced depth besides Bennett Jackson -- who is a hard hitter and a very fast athlete with good size (above 6 ft) at CB. Worse was that we lost our 5th year safety in Jamoris Slaughter during the season, and our other starting CB before the season in Lo Wood.
Then we converted a freshman, 4* wideout in Kaevarae Russell to CB and made him the starter, and a RS freshman with no playing experience who was very raw just a year ago coming in as a true frosh at WR then converted to Safety in Matthias Farley.
But those guys have shut everyone down this year. A huge credit goes to our pass rush with only 4, as our LB's besides Calabrese (who rotates with Fox -- Fox is better in coverage) have done a decent job in coverage, especially Te'o with 7 picks -- the most by an FBS LB in 12 years. However, they've also done well in 1-on-1 coverage and both Jackson and Russell have gotten a few INT's themselves and we haven't let up the big play -- even though we've faced Landry, Woods, and Lee.
This will be a really interesting matchup in our secondary vs your passing game. Both seem to be young units who have surprised and really (besides the South Carolina game) have not disappointed at all this year. Our pass rush will be similar to South Carolina's and Florida's, but I would even say better in the interior as I don't think there's been a NT like Louis Nix III since Suh was in college (although Nix is not imo better than Suh).
Most importantly, thank you guys for the discussion --- VERY cool thread. Hope we can keep the flaming down and just both fan bases become really educated and therefore respect each other's team come a POSSIBLE (don't want to jinx y'all!!) game day.
Cheers, keep up the banter, and good luck Saturday!
Don't know if you went to a Bama board yet but don't expect any hospitality lol
Gentlemen, stats are like women; mirrors of purest virtue and truth, or like whores to use as one pleases.
At this point, any talk of playing Notre Dame is seriously premature. Georgia has a very difficult game this Saturday.
The truth is a simple one. Georgia, regardless of stats, strength of schedule or anything else, is peaking and playing their best football at this point in the season. I can't honestly think of any team playing more consistently on both sides of the ball.
We are also stealing points from opposing teams. Georgia is playing like a well coached, well prepared team that believes in the scheme and their ability to execute it.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by TurtleBK 17 months ago
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