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Why Notre Dame Can Win

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Carmen Ohio, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Carmen Ohio

    Carmen Ohio Freshman

    How about an optimistic thread on this game.

    The scenario: Michigan is starting a freshman quarterback in one of football's most heralded rivaries against a pissed-off, jacked-up and disrespected Irish defense. The U-M runing game is anemic so if it's stoppped early the Wolves will have to count on an inexperienced leader to air it out.

    The Irish offense that was supposed to be much improved was written-off after just one game. Maybe the BYU game showed them what they need to do to get to the next level... and maybe they'll employ those changes against U-M. Hopefully they'll have their starting running back for the game.

    The coaching staff knows a humiliating loss could mean their jobs. They play it close to the vest in a grind-it-out, ball posession type game. A touchdown and 3 field goals. Michigan scores twice and has the ball at the end of the game, but Henne's inexperience comes through and they run out of downs.

    The optimistic final score: Notre Dame 16 Michigan 14.
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2004
  2. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    You forgot to mention a biggie...turnovers. Michigan had a bunch in opportune places, which led to the score being a blowout last week. If the Irish can at least punt instead of fumble or throw picks, and they can get 2-3 Michigan turnovers, they have a shot at keeping it close, anyway.
     
  3. Carmen Ohio

    Carmen Ohio Freshman

    ... an excellent point!
     
  4. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    It is hard to believe that Michigan's kicking game could be worse than it was last season. 2004 looks to be even more adventureous, and if ND capitalizes on this phase of the game, it has a good shot at shortening the field and getting some points.
     
  5. Carmen Ohio

    Carmen Ohio Freshman

    ... another excellent point!
     
  6. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    ND always seems to play Michigan tough. With the exception of last year's blowout, ND hasn't lost to Michigan by more than 10 points since 1981. They play Michigan even tougher in South Bend...they are 6-2-1 since 1980.
     
  7. Carmen Ohio

    Carmen Ohio Freshman

    ... and this one could mean Ty's job!
     
  8. bucknut74

    bucknut74 You Enjoy Myself

    "PUNT BLUE PUNT"

    nd can very well win this game, just check out scUM's most recent out of conference road games results

    2000- @UCLA LOSS
    2001- @Washington LOSS
    2002- @ND LOSS

    Lloyd decides to break the streak and works tirelessly on a exotic new punt formation unlike anything college football has ever seen.. Result:

    2003- @Oregon LOSS
    2004- ?
     
  9. Carmen Ohio

    Carmen Ohio Freshman

    ... and none of those were huge powerhouses!
     
  10. I wish I were as optomistic as you guys.....
     
  11. AZBUCKFAN

    AZBUCKFAN Newbie

    New qb or not, a huge edge in turnovers or not...scUM wins this game big.
    ND looked absolutely horrible vs BYU last week (and BYU is not that great).
    If ND is to have even a small chance, it had better improve 500% from last week
     
  12. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    nd wont win...if lucky they cover...
     
  13. Carmen Ohio

    Carmen Ohio Freshman

    ...Ah, a grain of optimism!
     
  14. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    that be true, Milly, but for most of those years, ND had a good team, at the worst, respectible. that's not even close to being the case this year...or last.
     
  15. Carmen Ohio

    Carmen Ohio Freshman

    The thread was not intended to say they WOULD win... just scenarios where they COULD win. Then we'll see tomorrow.
     

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