*Notre Dame* - This Book is Overdue

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  1. Red Rover

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  4. Beeds07

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    What is the inverse of that for NDs line?
     
  5. IrishLAX2

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    Weight won’t be the factor for why Georgia will run all over us.

    Ability will.
     
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  7. CTownND

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    Average defensive line starting weight is kind of a meaningless stat given the pass rushers are, well, not supposed to be as big. I think pretty much every comparison for any team is going to be ~310-330 lb. OL vs. ~265-285 lb. DL. Louisville was like ~260 lbs. and smoked our ass on a bunch of 3rd and shorts.

    The problem is our LBs don't fill and Hinish is essentially a replacement level player, not that our DL weighs 10-15 lbs. smaller than they should.
     
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  8. Voodoo

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    UGA rush offense this year: 287 rush ypg (7.6 ypc)
    ND rush defense this year: 231 rush ypg (5.0 ypc)

    ^^^ That was the worrying part of the tweet.
     
  9. Juke Coolengody

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    Oh golly gee, we're allowing less YPC than their average. Right where we want them.
     
  10. Rise

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    This is the most calm I have been about a game in a while. I guess I am just expecting bama 2012 where we find out in the first 2 min we can’t defend the running attch
     
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  11. laxjoe

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    I think this was posted in the game thread, but in case you missed it

    Editor’s note: This is part of a two-story look at the 2017 meeting between Notre Dame and Georgia and its impact on both schools. Seth Emerson’s feature on the Bulldogs can be found here.

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Mike Monaco stood in the north end zone, waiting. Maybe Notre Dame would send a player down the tunnel for a postgame interview on the school’s postgame show, maybe it wouldn’t. This was just the second game inside the remodeled Notre Dame Stadium, with that video board towering over everything. And so the postgame show was still new, too.

    So Monaco, a Notre Dame alumnus who now calls games for Big Ten Network and the Boston Red Sox’s minor league affiliate in Pawtucket, waited. Yes, Brian Kelly’s boorish postgame press conference after Notre Dame’s 20-19 loss to Georgia that night caught fire on social media, burning out days later. The interview Monaco got, though, lasted within the Notre Dame football program for the rest of that season, for all of last season and today heading toward Saturday night’s game in Athens almost two years later.

    Since Notre Dame fell on the night of Sept. 9, 2017, thanks in part to an outrageous one-handed touchdown catch, a late hit out of bounds by a sophomore defensive end and a top-10 pick making the kind of egregious mental error he hasn’t made since, Kelly’s program is 23-3. It made the College Football Playoff last year. It has been ranked in the top 10 since the start of last season.

    It’s too reductive to say what happened against Georgia back then has informed everything that’s happened to Notre Dame since, but that night remains in the program’s DNA, just like it does for Georgia. It’s easy to forget that the Bulldogs had gone 8-5 under first-year coach Kirby Smart the season before their trip to South Bend. They’re 25-5 since leaving South Bend with roughly 30,000 traveling fans. They played for the national title two years ago. They made the Sugar Bowl last season.

    It’s easier to remember that back then the Irish were rebuilding from a 4-8 disaster that prompted Kelly to overhaul his program, rebooting at both coordinator positions and in the weight room.

    Under those circumstances, what came immediately after the Georgia game would inform where Notre Dame was headed, one way or another. It would leave a wake. Or Notre Dame would create its own current. And that’s when linebacker Drue Tranquill started walking down the tunnel toward Monaco.

    “No smile, no nothing. This guy looks pretty pissed off right now,” Monaco said. “He started to give a cliché Notre Dame answer about traits. Then he pivots to this intense and honest assessment of it.”

    Tranquill, a two-time captain, spoke while wearing a three-year-old hooded sweatshirt from the Music City Bowl with the sleeves cut off. He had that hood pulled up over a white Notre Dame hat. This was not the polished postgame look Notre Dame likes to create most weekends, but that wouldn’t have matched up with Tranquill’s visceral comments anyway.

    “Moving forward, I’m scared for other teams,” Tranquill said. “Because we’re coming to punish each and every team that we play.”

    In that moment, Tranquill said more about where Notre Dame was going than his head coach ever could. And based on how players from that team remember the aftermath of losing to Georgia from inside the Irish locker room, it was the players who would be setting the course moving forward more than the coaches. And maybe that’s why that night has had such staying power, because it represents something bigger than a Tebow-esque soundbite.

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    Kirby Smart used a win over Notre Dame to show that his second year at Georgia would end differently than his first. (Matt Cashore / USA Today)
    Mike McGlinchey was back at his apartment near campus, making sense of the worst public moment of his college career. A two-time captain on college football’s best offensive line, from which he would be one of two top-10 picks, had to reconcile getting beat around the edge by Davin Bellamy with barely 90 seconds to play, a sack that turned into a Brandon Wimbush fumble that turned into Georgia running out the clock.

    Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand had already tried to console McGlinchey after the game. Then offensive coordinator Chip Long called later that night to do the same, talking to McGlinchey less like a coach and more like a teammate, talking about how he’d call a better game, that he’d rely on the offensive line more, that McGlinchey would never make that kind of mistake again.

    “We wanted that one more than we’ve wanted any other game that I’ve ever been a part of at Notre Dame,” McGlinchey said. “I know all offseason, all we talked about was, ‘Oh man, we’ve got the Georgia Dawgs coming to town. We’re going to use that game to let everybody know who the hell we are.’

    “And when we came up short, especially me individually, I felt as though that loss was on me. I had that same feeling that Drue did. And for the rest of that season I don’t know if I gave up another play the rest of the year.”

    Notre Dame averaged 344.8 yards rushing during the six games that followed Georgia before the season derailed at Miami at the hands of head coach Mark Richt, who was replaced in Athens by Smart. Against the Bulldogs, though, the Irish managed just 55 rushing yards on 37 carries. There was no edge for Wimbush to get as a scrambling quarterback, and the notion of Josh Adams as a future Heisman Trophy candidate felt absurd.

    And yet, internally, Notre Dame believed that kind of success was coming. As much as McGlinchey appreciated the pick-up from Hiestand and Long, it was the players instead of the coaches who repurposed the Georgia loss for good use.

    “The coaches didn’t have to say shit,” McGlinchey said. “We knew what we had for that game, the way that we brought it, and the way that we kind of stunned Georgia, I think they thought they were going to come in there and kind of run us over.”

    That was the narrative back then, and it’s the narrative now as Notre Dame heads to Athens as nearly a two-touchdown underdog. Notre Dame, though, has since learned that back then Georgia had more respect for the Irish than public perception let on.

    When Alex Bars and Sam Mustipher made the Chicago Bears practice squad this summer, it meant going against former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith every day. At some point since becoming teammates, Mustipher and Bars have both talked about that game with the player picked between Quenton Nelson and McGlinchey in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Bars and Nelson even ran into Smith this summer at a Cole Swindell concert.

    “Roquan is a super smart dude, and he said he’d never watched more film on an opponent until he played us,” Bars said. “He said we were definitely better than he thought, a lot better than he thought we’d be.”

    That feeling was actually mutual, according to McGlinchey. The week before coming to Notre Dame, Georgia had a relatively laborious 31-10 win over Appalachian State, a game in which starting quarterback Jacob Eason suffered a knee injury and was replaced by freshman Jake Fromm. The Bulldogs weren’t pushed that afternoon at home, but they didn’t steal anybody’s souls either.

    “Appalachian State had some success on them, and we were like, ‘Oh man, if this is what we’re gonna be blocking, we might have a hell of a day. We might shock the world here.’” McGlinchey said. “And then the first three snaps happened and we’re like, ‘Oh no. This is gonna be a dog fight until the very end.’”

    The game finished how it finished, McGlinchey with his hands on his head while Lorenzo Carter recovered the fumble that Bellamy forced. Still, Notre Dame believed it had turned a corner that night, even if skepticism outside the program remained. The Irish actually dropped out of the rankings after losing to the Bulldogs, slotted in the Also Receiving Votes group between Maryland and San Diego State.

    “People outside of the locker room, the narrative was Notre Dame never wins the big game,” Mustipher said. “You were at that game. If a few plays go our way that didn’t, we win that. It was proof that we turned the corner. After that game, it wasn’t a concern because it was a loss. It was, ‘All right, we’re on the precipice of greatness.’”

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    A strip sack of Brandon Wimbush with less than two minutes to play started the Bulldogs’ celebration. (Matt Cashore / USA Today)
    Notre Dame blew out Boston College the next week, then handled Michigan State in East Lansing. The next month USC and N.C. State were emasculated in South Bend. Normally, that would be enough to crystallize Notre Dame’s self-belief. But from a distance, the Irish also watched the Bulldogs lay waste to everyone in their path, winning their first six SEC games by an average of four touchdowns.

    At the time, Georgia’s results ensured Notre Dame would maintain an argument for inclusion in the College Football Playoff into November. Two years later, they represent something more important. That season’s first two months built the confidence of both programs in durable ways.

    “I don’t think at that point that we realized how good we were,” said linebacker Greer Martini. “To see the rest of the season pan out, and to see who they were playing and who they were beating, you gained confidence through that.

    “I think that was so early in the season that we didn’t know how good we were at that point, but then following Georgia’s path as well as ours, you can kind of tell we were two competitive teams and that we were two of the better teams in the country.”

    It has stayed that way, too. “College GameDay” will be coming to Athens for Notre Dame’s first visit, which marks the first top-10 nonconference matchup at Sanford Stadium in 53 years. A Notre Dame win would represent Brian Kelly’s biggest in his decade here and probably the program’s biggest since taking down Florida State in 1993.

    Two years later, the Notre Dame players who played Georgia still remember moments from that night. For Daelin Hayes, it was missing Sony Michel on a quick pitch on third down that moved the chains. For Martini, it was meeting Michel in the hole and losing his breath on impact, needing to sub himself out. Mustipher remembers the Georgia fans holding up their cell phones with flashlights on to start the fourth quarter. For McGlinchey, it’s giving up the strip sack. Bars just remembers the red.

    “I don’t know if it was 50-50, but it sounded 50-50,” Bars said. “That red glare popped up.”

    That red will pop again on Saturday night when Notre Dame heads to Georgia, a longer shot to win but bringing a cocksure belief earned two years ago that it actually can.

    “Looking back at it with what the record is, it was definitely a turning point for the Irish,” Martini said. “Hopefully we can go down to Athens and beat them in Athens, that would be huge.”

    (Top photo: Joe Robbins / Getty Images)
     
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  12. theregionsitter

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    The entire world myself included thinks ND gets ran out of the building and absolutely embarrassed

    God I hope they prove us wrong for once
     
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    Cavan went to ND right?
     
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    Correct
     
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  15. Wicket

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    shocker, Mike Frank thinks we need to pound the ball an show more leadership
     
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  16. IrishLAX2

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    I mean, I think he’s right. I just don’t think this team has the personnel for either.
     
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    We don’t need to pound the ball, we have no running backs worth a shit

    We need high execution from the QB and creative play calling
     
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  18. Wicket

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    i also think ND needs more speed, better coaching, more depth and more game changers.

    His thought does absolutely nothing except for beating a dead horse (sorry allaboutthecash)
     
  19. Wicket

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    thats where i am as well. We need to be creative as fuck. Basically we need to beat em like Boise beat em when they were peak murder smurfs
     
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  20. IrishLAX2

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    I think what’s he’s doing is looking at the most successful BK teams of the tenure, and trying to identify the things that made them different than the rest.

    BKs teams have won at a much higher clip when we can run for 200+ per game. The 2012 and 2018 teams had the best set of captains we’ve seen under BK.

    All that said, we have a bunch of 3 stars at RB right now and are clamoring over not having a converted WR to run the ball. And I’m not sure any of our leaders this year are all that strong outside of Gillman. Are those the two biggest reasons why we won’t be a great team? Unlikely. But I do see where he’s coming from.
     
  21. IHHH

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    He said the same thing against New Mexico. Except he added that after a while you let book take some shots.
     
  22. Wicket

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    ow id love to be a better running team but id rather do what the team is good at on saturday and not try and force something the team is not that good at. If you think about offensive players you want to touch the ball saturday only tony jones and avery davis are RBs that would be in my top 8. Id want Kmet, Tremble, CLaypool, Finke, McKinley, Keys, Wright and Lenzy all more involved than Flemister or Smith (if he is back)
     
  23. IrishLAX2

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    Agreed 100%. This team is built like a Big 12 team this year. We should be able to throw the ball on offense and stop the throw on defense.

    Problem is our QB is underperforming and our toughest opponents aren’t Big 12 offenses.
     
  24. Wicket

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    we actually have a defense, just not the most physical one
     
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    I would prefer smith if he is 100% over jones, he makes a player miss once in a while and falls forwards
     
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    ND is 4-21 as double digit dog in the last 20 years
     
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    seriously, the best article of the week

    1 — NBC’S Opening Montage for the season: Ehh…


    2 — Chris Simms’ two opening statements regarding Notre Dame’s differentiators: Offensive Line…totally disagree. Chase Claypool…completely agree.


    3 — 35th Anniversary of Doug Flutie winning the Heisman Trophy!? Holy Cow I’m old. This is terrible already. Who remembers ND beating Flutie in the ’83 Liberty Bowl the year before he won the Heisman? Take THAT, Doug!!


    4 — Credit Brock Wright with the key block to spring Lawrence Keys on his 45-yard opening return. Believe it was Jack Kiser who couldn’t quite continue his long enough or the redshirt-freshman would’ve score. (Granted, Kiser had to run with his assignment, that’s not easy).


    5 — Seems like Wright, following pre-snap motion, should’ve blocked the untouched contain linebacker (rather than continuing by him into free space) on 3rd-and-1. Jones is Stuffed as a result. (Might want to get used to that last sentence these next two weekends, I might add.)

    Book converts on 4th-and-1 with a terrible sneak attempt. Aaron Banks didn’t do him any favors, getting pushed back into the snap area. BK looks less than impressed…


    6 — Claypool with an uncharacteristically poor adjustment to a deep ball by Book (spot-on analysis by Flutie, to be fair), then Book is sacked


    7 — Book scrambles for 9 yards on 3rd-and-17 after failing to see Tommy Tremble down the pipes for a post route touchdown. You have to be able to trust (see) that throwing lane.


    8— Jay Bramblett and Chase Claypool: most consistent offensive weapons through two games?


    9 — Quick read and burst by Asmar Bilal who doesn’t make the ankle tackle but slows the runner for Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa to clean him up.


    10 — Kyle Hamilton with the first of many, this one courtesy Daelin Hayes who read the (likely) route behind him expertly.


    11 — From now on, when someone tells me a recruit can be ‘special’ I’m going to tell them to shut it. Kyle Hamilton is SPECIAL. Your dude is just some guy playing football like everyone else…


    12 — Direct snap works like a charm on third down. Nice call by the Lobos as the Irish interior wasn’t adjusting to a check…


    13 — I like the replay from behind scrimmage. Is that part of the New Coke, I mean, new invention thing NBC has going?


    14 — Holy COW MTA! Dominant shed and tackle for a three-yard loss. He and Ademilola have fulfilled our hopes through two games.


    15 — Hmmm…This other new view is intriguing, too. It’s like a Blimp-cam, only if the Blimp crashed in the 50th row…in a stadium far, far away.


    16 — Asmar Bilal will not be denied! Shed and defeat in the backfield! Irish Dime wins on third down again and New Mexico will have to punt.


    17— Book to Keys on 3rd-and-5, and that’s the type of play I expected from Book from the season’s outset. A few snaps later, Claypool tries a lazy one-hander straight outta 2017…


    18 — Tommy Kraemer pulls quickly into space but curiously didn’t recognize the Mike LB who dropped Jones for a 4-yard loss. Who else was he going to block?


    19 — Bo Bauer is nuts. And l like it.


    20 — Graphic: Win Probability new Mexico 97%…Win Probably Navy 96%


    No. No. No. No.


    21 — No. 8 checks in at cornerback. Sheriron Jones notices, for some reason…


    22 — Jalen Elliott has made a play in the flat, against a tunnel screen, and downfield and we’re not yet out of the first quarter.


    23 — Nothing like having to run Ian Book to move the ball on the ground against New Mexico…


    End of the First Quarter and It was exactly as boring as I thought live. 7-0 ND


    24 — Flutie echoed my thoughts in the press box (so naturally I agree!) that Keys left his feet a touch early on that well-thrown post route from Book.


    25 — Look screen to Claypool. +20. Shedding weaklings. That guy’s a problem in space.


    26 — For the first time this season, Book takes off early rather than late—I’m guessing that was an edict from a couple of coaches. Picks up a first down inside the 5-yard line.


    27 — Where have you gone Troy Niklas? Notre Dame’s goal line offense will not run the ball in successfully against Georgia. Nothing like needing four snaps to gain five yards against New Mexico. That should count for 5 not 6…


    28 — Bilal. Again. New man. Terrible blocking, but I whatever.


    29 — Daelin Hayes in chase. Great hustle. New Mexico stinks…


    30 — Except the punter! YIKES! That was Hentrich-esque.


    31 — To recap, the five best players at this point are: Daelin Hayes, Kyle Hamilton, Chase Claypool, Jay Bramblett, and the New Mexico punter, who probably has a name. Tyler something…


    32 — 3rd-and-9: Hainsey is beaten off the edge, Kraemer late to react to the blitz, and Book is drilled as he throws. Pretty sure those two Lobos players were recruited by Georgia though…


    33 — Owusu-Koramoah shaky most of this first half and that was an unnecessary pass interference—not aware of his surroundings…


    34 — Brian Kelly is stoic. Probably pretty happy, too…


    35 — Donte Vaughn checks in. Pass interference. ‘But he was right there!’


    36 — Daelin Hayes AGAIN. This senior has come to play in 2019!


    37 — Speaking of which: Jalen Elliott interception on a 3rd-Down slant. Julian Okwara with the (unblocked) pressure.


    38 — Avery Davis 59-yard jet sweep touchdown. Man you gotta feel good for that guy. And a telling reaction by his teammates mobbing him including C’Bo Flemister who sought him out.


    39 — By the way, if Davis was running 23 MPH as BK claimed, then No. 9 on New Mexico was at least at 24.


    40 — Chris Simms just referenced Tyreke Hill in an Avery Davis conversation. I’ll leave that right here…


    41 — JOK with a second HUGE kickoff coverage hit in as many weeks. By the way, the fair catch rule offends my delicate sensibilities as a football fan. He was going to start in this role in 2017 as a true freshman but had NO chance of playing from scrimmage so they preserved his redshirt. Kudos to Brian Polian…


    (Of course, the New Mexico guy got hurt because he didn’t fair catch this one, but whatever…)


    42 — Best game Bilal has ever played…but he takes too many false steps. This is going to be an issue Saturday night.


    43 — Jacob Lacey with a nice shed but can’t get into a tackling position for a TFL…results in a gash up the middle. (Bilal at Mike; White flexed into coverage at Buck, and the former got caught in traffic.)


    44 — You know what…ND’s front tried every combination plausible vs. New Mexico. You won’t see any of that vs. Georgia. This is a poor representation of the rush defense. Don’t get me wrong, UGA has a CLEAR advantage in this regard, but this isn’t real-world personnel for ND.


    45 — Book with a 58-yard throw in the air (plenty of room to step in). It took 10 months, but I TOLD YOU SO! The failed USC Hail Mary of 40 yards was not his ‘max’ because that’s no one’s ‘max.’ (He had a broken rib…)


    46 — Book’s jump pass to Tony Jones was A.) reminiscent of Billy Kilmer? B.) reminiscent of you and your friend in 4th grade? Discuss…


    47 — Javon McKinley. Clowning fools. What in the WORLD!?!? Also, he spiked it old school, which is just fantastic.


    48 — Not a sentence I thought I’d ever type, but here it is: Javon McKinley is better at college football than NBC is at camera stuff.


    49 — The best part about McKinley’s touchdown, by far, is that he did it again. That’s why he’s a viable weapon going forward.


    50 — Mike Tirico is great at what he does. Doug Flutie was good at his job today, too. (Needs to be said.)


    51 — Jon Doerer kicks the ball out of bounds. If that happens in Athens, I going to break my pen.


    52 — Nice play by Drew White, reading the pulling guard, finding the ball, and finishing. My goodness he needs to do that Saturday at Sanford Stadium.


    53 — Shaun Crawford. Third Down Pick. It’s hard to imagine rooting for a guy more.


    54 — Book to Claypool for a post-route touchdown. New Mexico in the house…


    55 — It’s 35-0. Whaddya say we don’t have Crawford covering this kick? Checks and balances?


    56 — Wow. ’21 Wins Vacated’ on the Brian Kelly graphic? I’m the least apologetic/homer/ND alum/lifelong fan/season ticket holder/journalist/analyst/sometimes annoyance you’ll ever meet on this planet, but that’s some BS.


    Don’t ever accept that ruling.


    I’m telling you right now, if Brian Kelly ever wins a national title for Notre Dame, I hope he walks off the field with two fingers pointing toward the sky instead of one.


    57 — Bilal. TFL again. No matter how we try to qualify this, it’s good news. ND needs him to play well in his final season because the young guys clearly aren’t ready. They might be better in 2020 than Bilal is in 2019, but you can’t watch Lamb and Genmark Heath in the base and tell me that’s true today.


    58 — JOK did not have a good first half. Might be a learning experience.


    59 — Drew White is held (after he could’ve made the tackle, to be clear, JOK misses in space and the Lobos score a sloppy touchdown. It’s Georgia week. Why am I doing this?


    60 — Book for 24 on a scramble. Flutie: “Ian Book is a lot more athletic than people realize.” I mean, we all realize he’s athletic, right?


    61 — Book to Claypool on a corner route. Doerer responds with a 36-yard field goal that appears to hook by at least 10 yards, but whatever. Man I hope the Georgia game comes down to a field goal. A 77-yard field goal attempt by Rodrigo Blankenship…


    Notre Dame 38 New Mexico 7 HALFTIME

    62 — Crawford is one talkative guy. I can’t imagine how much *ish he’d have offered to opposing receivers had he never been hurt and instead played as an All-American junior CB on the 2017 squad.


    63 — Would you rather have Love and Williams or Coney and Boykin?


    64 — Finke, 54 yards on a boundary-to-field Jet Sweep untouched (thanks to Chase Claypool) for the score. Is that his longest? Ashamed to say I have to look this up…Virginia Tech…2016…31 yards. Man that’s not close…


    65 — NBC Camera Angle Meetings, Take II: "Man this 1989 Bordeaux is good. I have an idea! Let’s put some organic blueberries in it!”


    66 — Ade is straight up good. Better news: Okwara must’ve received a ‘talking to’ because he came to play to open this half.


    67 — Most Improved Player between 2019-2020: Jack Lamb. Little worried about next Saturday tho…


    68 — Speaking of which, 2020 default starting cornerback K.J. Wallace gets some action on punt blocking.


    69 — Donte Vaughn gets tangled with Justyn Ro—nope. That was a New Mexico guy, not Ross.


    70 — Alohi Gilman with the pressure on a safety blitz. If Alohi Gilman or Julian Okwara is Notre Dame’s second-best player (behind Ian Book) nextSaturday night, the Irish have a good shot.


    71 — Book’s play-action pass to Tremble on the corner route probably has to happen three times Saturday. (That type of throw, not necessarily Tremble.)


    72 — Javon McKinley making it look like Mid-March out here. Back-shoulder TD…


    73 — Seriously…Flutie had a good day. I invite you to re-listen without Bias.


    74 — Speaking of Spring Ball: Phil Jurkovec doing what he does best, dropping a dime in Braden Lenzy’s arms down the pipes. Man he’s adept at that throw!


    75 — I have to admit, when I see #4 out there, I think of Kevin Austin. He’s pretty important for 2020. ND needs a difference-maker.


    76 — I think I overestimated C’Bo’s vision in my 2018 film reviews. He’s not afraid of contact though. I mean…you’re allowed to avoid the defender, right? He knows this?


    77 — Man…BK is FIRED UP about something! I’m ashamed to say I can’t figure it out though. Why is he this mad about a timeout? It can’t be about a timeout, right? Just not in the mood for incompetence from the officials?


    78 — Hey, Brian Polian and his sunglasses get some camera time!


    79 — Phil Jurkovec’s 23-yard designed draw illustrates his differentiating skillset. Some day, that ability to move will work in congress with field awareness and he’ll be a difference-maker. I hope…


    80 — Isaiah Foskey. He might be only one year away.


    81 — As deep as ND is on the edges, they’re that thin inside, because Jayson Ademilola is still in the game at 59-7. He’s unequivocally essential personnel.


    82 — You know who doesn’t care that it’s garbage time? Bo Bauer. Just clocking people. Bauer was playing Buck, by the way. Interesting.


    83 — I’m pretty excited to be back in Atlanta, where I lived for almost 10 years, on Thursday. Less excited to be back on the worst road on Planet Earth on Saturday afternoon: SR 316.


    It’s legitimately horrible. This is your warning. Leave early. Earlier than feels comfortable.


    I’m going to hit up my old Dawgs contacts for some tailgating, too. You’re all invited. (They’re Pro-ND save for this weekend.)


    84 — Brendon Clark, Best stat ever: 35 TD, 1 INT as a senior. That’s impressive against air much less high school players that’ll never play in an ND/UGA game, but I digress…


    85 — Kyren Williams with the longest gain of the day by an Irish running back—that’s not a compliment…


    86 — Well-Spoken = Johnny Lujack. And a great compliment by the legend for Kathryn Tappen. That was enjoyable.


    87 — Brendon Clark can move, too! I must reiterate: he was sneaky athletic (not just white) on his highlight reels.


    88 — Heckuva catch-run-score by Braden Lenzy vs. lesser athletes (it’s about to get harder, young man, but in 2020 you’ll emerge) but it’s worth noting: Joe Wilkins stuck with a block he initially lost, and George Takacs fought to get Lenzy a lane for six.


    I’m admittedly intrigued by the Lenzy development.


    66-7 Irish.


    89 — Vaughn gives up 37 yards down the rail. Come on, man. Touchdown ensues one snap later. I’ve had enough.


    90 — Chase Claypool’s post-game response when a reporter asks him "What do you say when you talk trash? Is it like, ‘All Day, man!’”?


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    Claypool: “Nah. Worse…you don’t want to know what I say, honestly.”


    I kinda do. Hopefully around 11:30 on Saturday…
     
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  28. laxjoe

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    Beat UCLA in 2007, Michigan 2004 (or 5?) Fsu 2001 and ou 2012 I believe?
     
  29. Wicket

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    correct. And winning would feel exactly as incredible as winning @OU did
     
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  30. beist

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    I legit stopped listening to power hour because I couldn't take any more bitching about leadership.
     
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  31. Rise

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    I felt about the same way I do. I even agreed to go to my then girlfriend’s date party because I figured we would be down 3 scores and I could leave. Ended up being 3 hours late and we broke up about a weeks later. Worth it.
     
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  32. AHebrewToo

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    Not sure I would have felt as elated about that W if not for #5wide
     
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  33. laxjoe

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    Sounds like nbc is going to dial back the use of the new camera angle for future games. Not ditching it completely at this point, but they won't be "so aggressive" going forward.
     
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  34. CTownND

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    I'm using NFL data, but a 10 point spread implies a 19% chance of winning, so ND going 4-21 on double digit underdog games (16%) is fine tbh
     
  35. Wicket

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    But i think you should compare it to 12-14 point dogs. 4-21 is pretty solid
     
  36. CTownND

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    Got it, we're agreeing then, I actually think it's solid/fine.

    12-14 point dog is 12-15% win probability, so I would think we were "supposed" to go 3-22 or 4-21 in those 25 games so we're performing as expected/slightly better.
     
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  37. IanC

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    Our best shot at this game is turnovers. In other words, a fluky game. We are probably good enough to hang around and capitalize on a few lucky bounces.

    I don't think there is a magic game plan that gets it done on its own.
     
  38. beist

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    Rediculous. Michigan has no business being in the playoffs.
     
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  39. beist

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    I think our best shot is that the press clippings get to Georgia's head and they get overconfident and don't play well. I would give that a decent chance of happening, if it weren't for them missing the playoffs last year and us making it. It shouldn't be hard for Smart to make them pissed off about us "taking their spot".
     
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  40. a1ND

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    my prediction for the game is a 27 - 24 game with UGA winning
     
  41. IrishLAX2

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    27-10 Georgia
     
  42. AHebrewToo

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    38-17 Georgia
     
  43. thechristmaself

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  44. beist

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    45-0 Georgia.
     
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  45. SD_Irish

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    :gross:
     
  46. Rise

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    Something like 38-24 with a garbage time td by us
     
  47. theregionsitter

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    ND is gonna struggle to score 17 guys
     
  48. NDfanPSUgrad

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    Damn. FoxBet has ND +14 at +100. Money line is +450.
     
  49. Rise

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    Yikes the II guys pretty muchall predicted a 14-21 point loss