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Old 07-03-2005, 02:22 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Notre Dame

I feel the Irish will surprise alot of people this year. The coach is a winner and is already doing a great job recruting. He is a great offensive coach and the defensive line is strong. The db's last year were really the weak point of the team{wide open recievers} and should be improved this year. What do you all think?
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Old 07-03-2005, 08:45 PM   #2
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What part of PA are you from? I'm originally from the Wilkes-Barre area.

As for Notre Dame, I think 2005 will be the beginning of their turnaround. I think Charlie Weis was a great hire, especially after the Urban Meyer debacle, and he has already gotten off to a fast start with recruiting, including a verbal commitment from PA QB Zach Frazer. I don't think 2005 will be a great season by any means but I think 7-8 wins is easily attainable. Notre Dame could get off to a good start by taking down Pitt in their opener. Heinz Field will most likely resemble a home game for the Irish with all of the PA and Ohio Domers gobbling up tickets.
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Old 07-03-2005, 11:19 PM   #3
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Welcome, SPORTS FAN 72! :wavey:

Good to see another fan here. And you've contributed some nice threads, as well. Stick around and you won't regret it.
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Old 07-03-2005, 11:49 PM   #4
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The db's were definitely the downfall last year. I know Pitt had a good group of receivers last year and Palko turned it up a notch late, but the Irish secondary was a complete disgrace against the Panthers in the game I went to see. We all know what happened in the second half against USC, another meltdown by the db core.

The Irish have 10 coming back on offense...nice. Problem is defense, where only 3 return from last year. The schedule is brutal early, but eases up late.

AT Pittsburgh......L
AT Michigan.........L
Michigan State.....W
AT Washington.....W
AT Purdue.............L
USC.....................L
BYU......................W
Tennessee..........W
Navy....................W
Syracuse..............W
AT Stanford..........W
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Old 07-05-2005, 10:04 PM   #5
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Tennessee..........W
What?! Are you crazy? Tennesse is going to be one of the best teams in the nation this season. They destroyed a much better Texas A&M team in the Cotton Bowl last season. They will own Notre Dame.
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Old 07-05-2005, 10:55 PM   #6
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You have not been around here long enough to experience the college football male member waving that goes on between SEC fans and everyone else during college football season. Basically the SEC fans bemoan being underrated and everyone else who really cares about it rip SEC fans' schools for not playing anyone out of conference worth a darn. So, buckeye's prediction does not really surprise seeing as he is one that takes the stance that SEC football is overrated and always gets smacked around anytime they step out of conference to play someone half decent, especially when it is a road game. Not to mention that they did come down to Knoxville and sneak out with a W last season.
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Old 07-06-2005, 01:09 AM   #7
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EXACTLY doublee. And to be fair, I think Tennessee is the only SEC team "man enough" to go out of conference while leaving Dixie in the last fifteen years and get a few wins. They even beat Notre Dame a few years back up in South Bend.

Since 1990, the SEC's record in states that didn't leave the Union 140 years ago...

12-19

and that includes a 3-0 mark by the Vols. Rough estimating shows that you have 12 teams in that era X 3 non-conf games a year= 540 games. Out of 540 games (and that is low considering we have some years with 4 non-conf games), the SEC left Dixie a total of 31 times? That's a joke.
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