A Notre Dame Victory?

September 25, 2012

College Football

“Great team win for our guys…. I was most pleased with our offense with their ability to close out the game.”

Coach Kelly is quoted from the press conference that followed after the game about how this game was a ‘great win’ for them. I would like to ask the question, “How successful can you say your team was, mainly offensively, when the other team turned the ball over a total of 6 times, let me repeat 6 times, and your team is only able to finish the game with a win by 7 points. Where is the ‘greatness’ in that win?” If you were playing one of the top 10 teams in the country with a top defense then you might be able to get away with calling it great.

While I’m writing this Im going to avoid bringing up Michigan because that is not what I am addressing here. I am addressing Notre Dame and their “great win.” A top ten team normally capitalizes off of another teams turnovers, maybe not if they’re playing a top ten defense but there was no capitalizing done saturday. Not every win means it was good for the the team, for instance, LSU dropped in the rankings because of its unconvincing win against Auburn, 12-10. So when Notre Dame takes on a lower ranked opponent, at home, that gives them the ball 6 times (credit does go to their defense) but their offense only puts up 3 scoring drives for a 7 point win, how convincing is that?

Notre Dame does have a possibility to get their program back on track this season from their almost ten year drought, but playing like they have in week 2 (Purdue) and week 4 (Michigan) isn’t going to keep them on track or in the top 10. Yes defense is key but if your offense can’t keep up with the other team’s scoring then you’re going to lose several of your games. They were fortunate that their defense bailed them out during the game but with their indecisiveness with who will start at quarterback, I don’t see the offense making any strong performances anytime soon.

The Fighting Irish do have a tough schedule ahead of them which will either prove that they deserve to be where they are or will expose their weaknesses. Playing next against the University of Miami, who normally are a credible opponent, then they take on #8  Stanford, then Brigham Young, a team that has had some impressive performances this year, #16 Oklahoma, and finally #13 USC.

I’ll be keeping my eye on Notre Dame for the rest of the season to see how they finish out their season. As stated before their defense can’t carry them through all their battles so only the future will tell if the offense pulls together to help carry their share  of the load.

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