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Old 08-30-2019, 10:12 PM
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Default In 31 years, this is the least excited I have been...

In 31 years of fandom... this is the least excited I have been at seasonís start. Perhaps itís the realization we will never be an Alabama or a Clemson... and maybe thatís a good thing...

Who knows...
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Old 08-30-2019, 10:32 PM
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In 31 years of fandom... this is the least excited I have been at seasonís start. Perhaps itís the realization we will never be an Alabama or a Clemson... and maybe thatís a good thing...

Who knows...
That's strange. We are 22 and 4 in the last two years. We're closer to the elite now than we have been in the last 25 years. We have a very good team returning
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Old 08-30-2019, 10:36 PM
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That's strange. We are 22 and 4 in the last two years. We're closer to the elite now than we have been in the last 25 years. We have a very good team returning
Iíll believe it if we can beat Georgia. I would have some hope if we could compete in a BCS game. Whatís our closest game? 34-20 vs OSU? That score is also not indicative of how that game went.
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I've been counting down the days since last season - checking various ND websites multiple times a day for any scrap of info on the team. We finally have real football games to watch and talk about - I am absolutely pumped.

I think there just hasn't been a lot of buzz about ND leading up to the season. The team has been pretty much set since the Spring - when the depth chart was released this week, I felt like most people reacted with a shrug. It's not because it's not a potentially great team, but it's because we have known who all of the major players are since the Spring Game. Outside of Kyle Hamilton, I can't think of any great revelations about an unknown player as a result of August camp. We know the guys who will carry this team, and we've known who they are for 8 months.

ND has been consistently a very good team the last two years - 22-4 is pretty remarkable considering the 4-8 record in 2016 and the generally mediocre seasons before that. I think BK has the program in the best place it's been since Holtz - the team has great athletes, recruiting is in a good spot, player development is really good, facilities are starting to catch up to the major CFP contenders... it's a good time to be a Notre Dame fan.

I have noticed that there is a lack of hype about ND this year, whether from the national media, ND beat writers, or ND fans. I think most predict ND to finish 9-3 or 10-2, with pretty much everyone saying that we can't beat Georgia. It says a lot about the state of the program that there isn't a ton of excitement about a potential 10-win team. I would have done anything for consistent 10-win seasons a decade ago. Now, it's expected. This could potentially be 4 out of the last 5 seasons of at least 10 wins. When is the last time that happened? As I said, this program is in the best place it's been in the last 25 years.

Everyone said that ND would go 9-3 last year. Couldn't possibly beat Michigan. Couldn't seriously contend for the CFP. Who would have known that Ian Book would have emerged as a Top 10 QB nationally, or that ND would have it's best defense since 2012. That's the great thing about college football - it is completely unpredictable and you really don't know what you'll get from one week to the next. I am pumped for the season to finally start and see if ND can take that next step and get closer to the Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State and be consistent contenders for the CFP. I am more pumped that there are real football games being played for the next 3 months. Go Irish.
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Most people believe ND has no chance at Georgia and 11 - 1 without a conference title game leaves them out of the playoff picture. I think they can get in at 11 - 1 with a close loss but the committee was clear with OSU last year. A blow out loss will make it almost impossible to get in. I do love the fact that so many people are counting ND out because of the 3 big away games. They definitely have the talent to beat UM and Stanford. Can they hang with the Dawgs?
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I was going to post something to this regard. Since the time Iíve joined Domerdomain, I canít remember this site being so dead leading up to an opening game. Maybe thatís part of the problem. Maybe itís the expectation of 10 wins or the lack of a big opening first game? Maybe not playing on a Saturday has wore off some of its luster. Iím not exactly sure. I guess I would venture out to say that Ian Book being a steady Eddy doesnít help. Nothing to gripe about. His potential looks tapped. And with that Clemson game showing where he had limited potential to take us to the next level, some fans feel that it doesn't matter if we win 10 or not. We arenít beating Clemson or Bama. Itís like going to the prom with the girl who asked you out. Sure sheís pretty but itís not your number 1. Talking about Book, makes me think of the elite playmakers we have compared to these other teams. Sure we have a speedster in Lenzy or power in Austin, but itís not a 5 star talent like Juedy, Ross or Higgins.
That said, we are going to be very good and I for one, am very excited. Sure we have some unknowns in Armstrong, DTís and linebackers. But thatís whatís exciting to me. To see if these youngsters can come in and take us to the next level.

On a side note, Iím predicting us to beat Georgia. Going on record now. Iíll take the underdog role. Because right now, not a single pundit and most of our fans think we are losing that game. Iíve seen us against Georgia and Iíve seen us against Clemson. I think BK and team are slowly figuring it out.
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Rocketsan....I think part of it is just getting older....

Once the season starts the emotional equivalent of muscle memory will kick in and so will the excitement. At least that's what my wife tells me


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Save it for your shrink.
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Rocketsan....I think part of it is just getting older....

Once the season starts the emotional equivalent of muscle memory will kick in and so will the excitement. At least that's what my wife tells me


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I was going to say much the same.....

As a younger man I lived and died with every snap. Now, with a college kid of my own, thr realization is far more prominent that these are KIDS we're talking about. I still enjoy watching them play, still enjoy celebrating their success, but the intensity is diminished.
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That's strange. We are 22 and 4 in the last two years. We're closer to the elite now than we have been in the last 25 years. We have a very good team returning
Closer, but still a long ways away. Sad thing is, ND could care less. They're happy being 2nd tier.
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In 31 years of fandom... this is the least excited I have been at seasonís start. Perhaps itís the realization we will never be an Alabama or a Clemson... and maybe thatís a good thing...

Who knows...
FWIW I didn't know when our first game was this year until I just noticed the banner a few minutes ago.
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In 31 years of fandom... this is the least excited I have been at seasonís start. Perhaps itís the realization we will never be an Alabama or a Clemson... and maybe thatís a good thing...

Who knows...
We are pre-season top 10 and you start whining this year?

Enjoy it while it lasts. College football will become like the NFL in the next ten years. I do not know what the hell I am going to look forward to then.
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