In 2006 ND got beat up by a pretty good ScUM team. They went on to win 8 in a row, before falling in the final two games. If this team can go on and win out, only losing to FuSC (in a tight match) the coaching staff, along with the players will have shown heart. I believe we have the talent to win. I just don't believe we have the coaching to win.
After watching the game over and over, there is one thing that sticks out, and this thing has stuck out for a long time here in Irish Land. We play S.L.O.W., especially on Defense.
Watching the "U" last night, granted they played a pretty poor Ga Tech team, showed me how fast a team can play. We have the athletes on both sides of the ball, we just don't have the desire to do what needs to be done.
I have mentioned on this site and others that ND is lacking in two areas of recruiting. OL and especially DL. We don't have the "Allen Bailey" type or the Marcus Forston on the line.
I use UM as a scope because the coach, Randy Shannon is in his 3rd year and under fire down here, until now. They may not win the ACC, but they are playing football the way it's suppose to be played. Fast and with a furious emotional passion. Something ND has not had in a long time.
ND has always played with the emotion of their coach. Holtz led teams played with discipline and fire. Davie and Willingham led teams played with fear and learned how to lose with grace. Weis led teams have, so far, played with his emotion, NONE. Recruiting has been up, but the play on the field leaves a lot to be desired. If we can put up 40+/game, we will have a chance to get pummelled in a New Years Day Bowl.
The top teams have two things in common:
1. Recruiting the top athletes from around the country
2. Coaches that coach with passion
And in the current atmosphere of College Football. One out of Two is just not enough.
Go Irish, Beat FuSC