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  1. Hello, coming over from Rivals Blue Gold I have been posting there for 16 years. I look forward to talking ND football with everyone.
    10 points
  2. BK did really well at ND by making them a consistent Top 10 team, but he reached his ceiling here. And it is his ceiling, not Notre Dame's. Freeman has proven that ND can get Top 5 recruiting classes, whereas BK rarely had Top 10. BK's classes were littered with "underrated" 3-stars. Sure, some panned out (JOK, Julian Love, etc.), but many, many more did nothing in their careers. Freeman has 23 commits in his first class - 1 five-star, 19 four-stars, and just 3 three-stars. Freeman is increasing the talent level on the roster. It's going to take him a while to get that to the level it needs to be to truly compete for titles. BK is a really good coach who did great things for Notre Dame. While the program culture is great, he did not leave Freeman an overly talented roster. Sure, there are All Americans like Mayer, Patterson, and Foskey. But just look at QB and WR. ND's offense is nowhere close to the elite teams, and that falls on BK (and some falls on Tommy for poor QB recruiting). As far as I know, no rational fan is calling for Freeman's head. He's a first time head coach, and it's at ND, no less. Holtz went 5-6 in his first year at ND after being a HC for decades (granted, the situation he walked into was a lot worse than what Freeman inherited). Kirby Smart, as a first time HC, went 8-5 in his first season at UGA - and UGA was a consistent 10-win team. Saban went 7-6 in his first season at Bama, after coaching at Michigan State, LSU, and in the NFL. He also lost to a Sun Belt team, Louisiana-Monroe. There will be a ton of growing pains this year with a first time head coach. He needs to get more talent on the roster, both through recruiting and through the transfer portal, which is largely going to be a University issue. I appreciate BK and what he did for ND, and I frequently defended him (just ask @jbrown_9999), but I can admit that he was never going to win a title at ND. He just did not recruit at the level required. Freeman can recruit at that level, and he's been doing so. The results won't be immediate - and maybe he will end up just not being a good football coach - but I'd rather take my chances at a title with Freeman than settle for 10 wins and blowout losses to truly elite teams under BK.
    9 points
  3. There are bound to be some growing pains in the first year of a new tenure. That being said, I was content at this point with the result last night. I felt for most of the game we were a turnover or a pick away from an impressive upset. Playing in that environment with the talent they have...I'll take what we got last night. Was nice to not get embarrassed or blown out...there's that. That being said: - Rees HAS to do better or they need to bring in someone who can. - Defense was a pleasant surprise. Cam will have to improve big time. - I want a sh!t ton more of Estime. Asked for it last year, didn't get it. - Special teams looks to be a little tighter this season. I'm willing to give CMF the time he needs to get his sea legs under him. There's going to be bumps on the road this season for sure. Anyone willing to write him and htis team off at this point is a fool.
    9 points
  4. OK, just re-watched the game. Really, this game was a lot better than I thought. That's not wearing my Irish colored glasses. Things, I saw... ND was leading an in control as of 500 mins in the third quarter. Stroud made some plays on the following drive. The defense was slowly getting to him. He just made the plays. Bracy was injured on the play before Golden called the double safety blitz. I think that would of been Bracy's man on that play. Be interesting if the press asks Golden on that play if he thought Bracy was still in. Either way, a STUPID CALL. They would most likely kicked a field goal and it would had been 10-10 with ND getting the ball back. The next drive Buchner made a nice throw and they moved the ball again. That Salerno play really killed everything. ND was still in control and moving. So for me, Rees didn't kill them up to that point. I think he called somewhat of a good game. After that, the defense started to tire. They still put some pressure on Stroud but again he made some running throws and their guys made some plays. That's when ND was in trouble. I get why Pyne didn't come in now. But, I still think he could been utilized more. I also think Rees need some different routes-slants under or go routes. They leave their safeties on an island and Michigan is going to toast them again. Also wished they used more counter or misdirection because their guys sell out on every play one way. Also, Correll is still weak and slow. Lugg got manhandled and the o-line looked confused many times.
    9 points
  5. Oh wait, yes I do...spread this far and wide...
    9 points
  6. Well, I think it is that time. I don't see ND adding any other HS players this year. I'll give my thoughts on the 2022 class and hope others do too. QB Angeli shows solid poise, a high football IQ, and good anticipation on his throws. Solid arm, potential to grow, and a year with Balis could add to his arm strength. That said, who is he? Mac Jones, Sean Clifford, a random backup QB. ND needs to aim higher initially at the least like they have in 2023. He really is a wait and see. RB Price is one of, if not my favorite, player in this class. I love that way he runs. Great build, burst, and work ethic. When he adds a little weight I think he has the mentality that he could challenge for time in 2022. Potential star in my opinion. WR Merriweather is great and I think will be very. very good. I think he brings a really unique body type and the right attitude. He weighs more than I thought and will likely play early, which will be needed too as of now. ND failed in needing at least 2 more WR. Hopefully they can find one or two in the portal then win some battles in 2023. TE LOVE these TEs. Provided he heals properly, I think Raridon could be a longer, faster Michael Mayer. He isn't as physically developed at the same age, but he has the athleticism, mean attitude on D, and mobility. Staes is longer and leaner than I expected. Moves really well, appears to high point and catch the ball really well. Great combo moving forward. OL Five All-Americans is a huge win for ND especially when adding to the 2021 class. It could result in a really good player transferring because of how many great OL ND is stocking and that is not a bad thing. Wagner needs to add a ton of weight but is VERY strong. He looks like a future OT for sure. Schrauth or Tanona are probably more likely to see PT first because of their size and strength. Chan and Craig will need time to adjust to the bigger game but both have great tools to work with and can sit for a year or two easily. DL Ford impressed me a ton. My thoughts on him went WAY up during the All-American practices and game. More mobile and fluid than I thought, really nice pick up. Gobaira looks like he's getting electrocuted at the LOS every time he lines up. His speed is fantastic and his weight was higher than he looks (230#). Would not shock me to see get PT early. Hinish is a guy all teams need. If he is like his brother that is a great addition, he won't be outworked. Overall, solid DL class but needed one more guy for me to love it. LB Fantastic class and definitely one of the best in the nation. Addressed all 3 positions and all have slightly different body types. Sneed is JOK, Junior seems like a bigger, better Drew White. I'm not sure ND has had a Burnham or Ziegler recently. CB Solid class but needed a Devin Moore type to be very good to great. Mickey has a nasty attitude and attacks. Love his speed and what appears to be a strong mental attitude. Morrison has the pedigree and length to be great. He is probably my D guy that I am most intrigued by as he could turn into something special. S Safety was a fail in my eyes. Bellamy has that nasty, attacking attitude which is needed similar to what was said about Jojo Johnson last year. But he is small and to be effective will need to have strong technique while keeping his speed. ND adding Brandon Joseph was HUGE. ST This might have been a fantastic late addition. He was booming kicks at the All-American game both on punts and kick offs. I get the hype as a potential NFL kicker. If he is consistent then ND has something. Overall, NDs class was very good especially considering when and how BK left. They improved the overall player quality again. There is another step up they can take and are close. ND finished second for several players that would take this class to elite (RB, WR, S). They need to start to close on some of those players at least. Elder is right in that ND needs a top level QB, all would agree I think. I do not believe the QB issue in 2022 was on Rees, BK was a legitimate issue for the QB in this class. If people want to discuss this further in depth take it to a different thread. ND has added coaches that really recruit hard and they need to strike. EDIT: Average player rating for the last 5 years 2022: 0.9224 (removed McFerson) 2021: 0.9033 (removed Bryan and Powlus III) 2020: 0.9139 (removed Peitsch) 2019: 0.9094 (removed Brambeltt) 2018: 0.9005
    9 points
  7. Hello All, First time poster, long time lurker. I want to give a big shout out to Big for his recruiting info and Faith for all his posts of information within the program. I have come here for years to get information and hear what other fans think, but lately it has been difficult to read. Many have seem to left and it has become very negative in regards to the program and Marcus Freeman. I by no means think Coach Freeman has done a good job so far, but what did you expect? At this time last year many were questioning him as a replacement for Clark Lea and the defense steadily improved, then he was hired as the Head Coach. He was a relatively inexperienced coordinator last year considering his coaching history. Now he is an inexperienced head coach, facts are facts. Coaching is an art, rarely do you step into a new job and experience no rough patches. I believe he was hired, because people felt he could take Notre Dame to the next level, let’s face it Kelly went as far as he could go. Considering what Kelly left over for Freeman, it makes more sense each day why he left (excluding all the money). This brings me to my post, I have read how much better the program is now than when Kelly started in 2010 I will agree that the “program” in general is much better (stability, prestige, day to day operations, etc), but when you look at the actual talent on he field I have to respectfully disagree. Kelly 2.0 has been great at winning on the field, but let’s not be naive lots of those games could have gone the other way. They have been great lately at winning close games and dominating at home. They made great in game adjustments and the team did all the little things. Kelly has coached for over 30 years and it took him falling flat on his face to change and become this. I would argue they were never dominant whatsoever. They grinded out games and won, especially the last few years. So all the sudden Coach Freeman takes over and now they are supposed to run people off the field? Literally the entire coaching staff has turned over. The coaches are still getting used to each other and the players. People forget Tommy Rees is young too and his security blanket John McNulty is not sitting next to him. They shouldn’t get a pass, but let’s have some perspective. Why did everyone think we are just going to start rolling teams? When Brian Kelly started we didn’t roll teams, we lost to Tulsa and started 1 and 3. They found something midway through the year and ended strong. Here is the talent that Kelly was left for his first year - Darrin Walls (sr), Michael Floyd (jr), Gary Gray (sr), Armando Allen (sr), Kyle Rudolph (jr), Robert Blanton (jr), Harrison Smith (sr), etc etc. Crist was the qb and although he underachieved he was highly regarded and a more promising prospect, than what we have now. When you go look at that team most of its best players were upperclassman and they had studs in the sophomore class (Chris Watt, Tyler Eifert, Cierre Wood, and Manti Teo). My point that team although not as deep as the team today based on the recruiting rankings, the high end talent was better and the playmakers are better. This team is the least talented team Notre Dame has had in years, the holes are unbelievable (which Kelly allowed to happen over the course of years). We have good college player, very few upperclassman are difference makers or destined for the nfl. Can you blame Freeman for not realizing this sooner and addressing this sure. But Freeman also has way more pressure now than Kelly ever had his first season. He is coaching tight and the team is playing tight, everyone needs to calm down and keep things in perspective. Freeman was hired to take Notre Dame to the next level, no one thought it would happen this year and if you did that is your own reality. Freeman might never be that guy, but 4 games into Kelly’s tenure everyone wanted to fire him too, with arguably a much better hand of cards he was playing with on the field.
    8 points
  8. F (rhymes with duck) F (rhymes with duck) F (rhymes with duck) F (rhymes with duck) F (rhymes with duck)
    8 points
  9. What this guy has done on the recruiting front and the high level of talent he is getting to ND is absolutely amazing. He is flat out embarrassing Brian Kelly in every aspect and making all of his excuses look ridiculous. I haven’t seen this level of talent coming to ND since the 80’s and early 90’s. Now, I understand he still has to develop them and coach them to maximize their talent, but so far this guy has delivered on everything he has done. I have no doubt he will be a great coach as well. so refreshing to see and so glad I don’t have to hear BK and all his BS. What a breath of fresh air!
    8 points
  10. "We stop recruiting when Waffe House closes, and Waffle House never closes." - Al Golden Love it.
    8 points
  11. That's probably because he's never HAD a 21 point lead over a team with a small digit(s) next to their name. He has, however, managed to piss away multiple score leads on unranked opponents.
    8 points
  12. Cannot begin to explain how relieved I am that this banal, desperate human thumb of a man isn't representative of our team anymore.
    8 points
  13. 8 points
  14. Elston leaving, doesn't hurt recruiting, it hurts the culture. I think Elston was a marginable at best recruiter. Until Marcus came along, our DL was ok, with normally one 4 star a year. Now maybe it was more because of Lea, who didn't recruit at all, but the recruits were not Top 100 until Marucs started to help. Maybe Elston stepped up his game once he saw the effort Marcus was putting in? Maybe. This isn't about recruiting. We will be fine without Elston recruiting, and we may even be better. This is about personality; it's about cuture. Mike used to open up his house and family to recruits and dlineman. There was a story out about Mike was on the road, and couldn't take his daughter to a dance (I think), and Kurt Hinish took her. They were family. This is the loss here -- family. I guess the right word is bummed. I'm bummed that Mike is leaving. He is a good man. He's what we want our athletes to see as a future in coaching.
    8 points
  15. Overall, I thought all of NDs recruits did well. Angeli didn’t help or hurt himself ranking wise. He’s solid, high football IQ, consistent. Sneed was as advertised. High 4 star and dynamic. Chan needs to adjust to the size and speed of better competition. He showed good promise. Wagner and Craig both looked good but clearly need to add weight. Very promising though. Schrauth was good. Clearly strong and rebounded when he got beat. Merriweather was as advertised. Really like him. Think he can help early. Ford was better than expected. Moved quicker and better than I thought. Looked good in practice and the game. Gobaira was as advertised but a little shorter than expected. Very high motor and quick twitch. The guy was ready to rip and tear all week. Tuihalamaka is a big, thick kid. Tough game for him to showcase anything because they threw a ton. Made a nice play when he had the chance though. Burnham got a lot of buzz in practices. The game was more passing so he was less involved but a good week. Ziegler looked great to me on tv. Moved really well and smoothly. He was around the football a lot including special teams. McFerson will be an awesome addition provided he’s consistent. I get the NFL talent talk. Great couple of weeks for ND recruits. I would say everyone was on par or above expectations. Also great publicity for ND during the All American Bowl.
    8 points
  16. You all have shown me kindness from day 1.. Speedy allowed my first post because you had to have 20 posts to show a link/ video. I remember being so excited that Aaron Lynch had multiple sacks during the U.S. Army All American game that i posted the first full game video i could find. I'll never forget when that 81 jersey came, the #5 or books. Then I went to watch ND vs Syracuse and Schell and Sligo invited me to meet schell's family. Before i left the tailgate it was shell's advise to help in anyway I could. Got home asked @Donjuan if I could help and he believed in me, has walked beside me, helped me understand things and i'm super proud to know you DJ. @Mike you've been a great addition to our family. You've upheld DJ's tradition of leading with kindness. Made me realize while the technology may change, the kindness won't. To all of you, a thank you to every single poster. This place is made of extremely kind and caring people. I'm looking forward to posting for as long as I am able. Go Irish! Yours always Brian AKA faith
    8 points
  17. 1) You were pretty vocal about wanting to have ND keep Kelly as HC since you seem to believe that he was good as anyone could be as a HC at ND 2) Now you are blasting ND's offensive recruiting which ultimately falls on Kelly since he hired and managed the offensive staff 3) Freeman has only had two weeks to address Kelly's offensive recruiting shortcomings for 2022. I do not believe that Freeman was involved with recruiting any offensive players before he became HC. That said, he did get Schrauth to commit - who did not seem to like Kelly. 4) I assume that Freeman is doing everything he can to keep the 2022 class intact - especially the recruits who are wavering. 5) What exactly are you expecting from Freeman? For him to find class of 2022 5 star QBs and WRs who want to sign with ND on Wednesday?
    8 points
  18. Everyone gets your point. You are getting a little excessive with bashing this kid and his abilities.
    8 points
  19. Kelly is who he is and it was there the whole time. If nothing else the taking him down a notch, giving him the finger, occured tonight when pretty much the whole staff decided to stay at ND as family instead of follow the money and Kelly to LSU. Rees staying is as big of a eat shit statement as anything, your former QB who was the only one who could stand and hang during a purple faced tirade on the sidelines, who you set up with his first major coaching gig as OC. Loyalty to the Notre Dame family was on full display tonight, and its something Kelly never bought into and is now getting a full blast to the face.
    8 points
  20. Cant recall a time where the entire fan base, alumni, players, and former players were this fired up and all on the same page. Or as our former coach says..."aligned". Funny that we all united and "aligned" in response to his exit.
    8 points
  21. Quick thank yous to @tneun89, @The Captain 19, @Wharton70 @Rocketsan, @coltssb, @OKelleyIrish, @NYGoldenDomer, @Mike the mod team and everyone one else who looked at or helped with this thread. We've made it to gameday! Go Irish!!!
    7 points
  22. ha - never thought i see the day when this board debated whether a top 200 DL was a "take"... how quickly things change. The Irish Illustrated guys love him and he was a take for the staff which is enough for me. This was enough for me to sign into my account for the first time in probably 5+ years.
    7 points
  23. For those watching the rankings, ND is in a really good spot. They're obviously #1 right now, but we've seen that before when ND starts hot then limps to the finish line for a borderline Top 10 class. I think this class has Top 3 potential. Here is a projected class: QB: Moore RB: Irvin (commit), Limar WR: James (commit), Greathouse, Gallagher, Elzy TE: Flanagan (commit) OL: Pendleton (commit), Jagusah, Absher DL: Keeley (commit), Vernon (commit), Traore (commit), Houston LB: Bowen (commit), Zinter (commit), Ausberry CB: Gray, Bell S: Bowen (commit), Shuler (commit) That would give ND a score of 303.39 on the 247 Composite (what I use for class rankings). In the last five cycles, that score would rank 4th, 3rd, 4th, 3rd, and 3rd. So, for sure in the Top 5. ND leads or is in the top group for all of the above non-committed guys. This is a very realistic class, with ND hitting on some guys and missing on other highly rated guys. QB: ND is battling LSU and Oregon for Moore. Michigan is running 4th per most recruiting guys. Miami is also hanging around. ND leads, although the lead has narrowed after some visits to other schools. He is supposed to be on campus for ND's big official visit weekend in June where all the current commits and all of the highly ranked recruits will be on campus. If he makes it, I think ND closes the deal that weekend. There are no backup options. Moore is it. RB: ND leads for Limar (not sure who is running second). ND is also in on Jeremiyah Love, but not sure where ND stands. I don't love the class of Irvin and Limar, but I think the class last cycle is really good. Price is going to be a monster in college, and getting Payne to transfer in is huge. WR: All three guys - Greathouse, Gallagher, and Elzy - were on campus last week. ND is in good shape for all of them. Landing Greathouse and Gallagher would be huge. ND is battling Texas for Greathouse, but I think ND leads. It's ND or PSU for Gallagher. I think that is closer to 50/50. Elzy's is probably ND's to lose. This has the potential to be the best WR class in a long, long time. TE: Flanagan is solid to ND, although schools like Alabama are continuing to recruit him. ND had a UGA TE commit on campus last weekend, but I think Flanagan will be the lone TE in the class. OL: Pendleton committed. Siereveld is committing next week, but it looks like OSU. ND is battling Michigan for Jagusah, but everyone likes ND right now. It's ND/Clemson for Absher - probably closer to 50/50 with ND holding a slight lead. But if he visits Clemson again, which is possible, then this could go Clemson's way. ND also in it for Monroe Freeling, probably near the top, but not enough confidence to predict ND yet. DL: ND obviously has to hold on to Keeley for this class to be Top 3. I'm more confident in that happening than I was a month ago. Vernon and Traore are great gets. I think ND lands Devan Houston. I think ND is also near the top for Jason Moore, but I think some other schools are right there as well. LB: Bowen is the Blake Fisher of the class in terms of recruiting other guys and being the class leader. I wouldn't have taken Zinter's commitment, but got to trust Freeman and company. I think ND pulls off the upset and lands Jaden Ausberry. ND is competing with LSU and Auburn. Samuel M'Pemba really likes ND, but I just don't see him ending up Irish. CB: It'll be ND or LSU for Gray, who decides July 4th. His old HS coach is the CB coach at LSU, which is why they're at the top. I think ND wins out in the end, though. Micah Bell is relatively new since the Rhett decommitment, but I think he is ND's to lose. Maybe sooner than later. S: ND needs to hold on to Bowen. Him and his brother were on campus last weekend. He is still talking to other schools, primarily Oklahoma, so we'll see. If ND has another decommitment, I would put money on Bowen. But for now, I think he sticks. Adon Shuler is going to be a beast - I think he is massively under-ranked. He is solid in his commitment.
    7 points
  24. And I love every minute of it. That jackass was taking shots at the players. bryan driskell wrote a great article responding to Kelly’s nonsense. https://www.si.com/college/notredame/.amp/football/brian-kelly-didnt-win-at-notre-dame-because-of-brian-kelly-not-notre-dame
    7 points
  25. My Dog Abby and I are ready for Notre Dame Spring Practice to begin this THURSDAY!! video-1647112544.mp4
    7 points
  26. Finally done it seems. https://247sports.com/college/notre-dame/Article/Al-Golden-Notre-Dame-Football-Defensive-Coordinator-Fighting-Irish-Cincinnati-Bengals-Super-Bowl-Marcus-Freeman-181898286/
    7 points
  27. Multiple sites, including Fox and Football Scoop, reporting Deland McCullough is the new RB coach for Notre Dame! Great hire!!!!
    7 points
  28. I wanna know who the fu(k is panicking after a nailbiter loss to a top 10 team with a coach who was less than a month old. BK wouldve lost by a helluva lot more and he has demonstrated that time and time again. What I watched was an improvement in progress with a few growing pains. I didnt expect a W and anyone who was expecting a dominant W clearly didnt watch what we had during the regular season. We were lucky to be in a major bowl and OSU was def a better team. Next year we are going to crush shit.
    7 points
  29. Del is gone. And there was much rejoicing. https://mobile.twitter.com/TomLoy247/status/1478044456242798596
    7 points
  30. Shit we got MF hired, Ghislaine convicted, and Elder suspended. Maybe we do have a collective voice.
    7 points
  31. I know there are a few more days to go for the year, but I don't expect much to change in terms of reputation. Leaders are as follows. First up, Moderators #1 - @FaithInIrishForeverwith 923 Reputation points, ~ double the next closest poster Faith has been my right-hand man since I started my journey in bringing Domer Domain to the modern age this spring. He has been there every step of the way, has provided extremely valuable feedback, and has a better grasp of what being a Domer is all about. He cares for this community like family, which is exactly what I want to see this place be. Like a big family. And although things get heated like it does in a family, Faith is always there to try and play the role of getting everyone back on the same page. Thank you, Faith. You have been a huge asset for the site. And that doesn't even include the behind-the-scenes stuff like updating the YouTube highlights on the homepage of domerdomain.com #2 - Our Newest member of our Mod team @NYGoldenDomer, with 284 Reputation Points. He joined the moderating team fairly recently, but he has been a fantastic addition so far, and extremely active in the community. #3 - The rest of the moderating team, which includes @SDIrishFan ,@SpeedsterX, @Donjuan, @tdnd81, and the rest of the Moderating team:@ND FANATIC, @GoldLid, @EnviedOne, @Irish Chris, @Austin, @JonesTech. Some are more active posters than others. Some are more lurkers, but they're all a very important reason Domer Domain is what it is today. So I want to thank every single one of them. Next up, Domers / Members! This is going to be a 1a / 1b scenario as I'm overruling the point system on this one since both of these members are very important contributors to the forum. And they are (in no particular order) @OKelleyIrish& @Big23Head. #1 @OKelleyIrish joined Domer Domain in 2017, but activity really ramped up this year. He has created some GREAT discussions such as the ND assistant coach / staff tracker, What to Watch threads, post-game thoughts, and more. Thank you for the amazing contributions, and we look forward to your continued involvement in Domer Domain. It's no secret how important content like that is to keep a forum active. #1 @Big23Head, who has always gone above and beyond when it comes to the recruitment side of things. Recruiting is something that Domer Domain has always been thought of as a leader in, and he's a big reason why. Thank you for owning the Recruiting Prospects threads prospering. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Each and every poster is the reason Domer Domain continues to thrive. But I want to thank the following members & mods for going above and beyond. Please consider dropping a thank you to them below. @FaithInIrishForever, @NYGoldenDomer, @OKelleyIrish, @Big23Head THANK YOU! P.S. Keep a lookout in your Private Messages. Sometime this week, the above 4 members will be receiving a small token of appreciation - A Gift Card to Fanatics.com. Use this on whatever you would like. I wish I could offer more since your contributions are invaluable. But I wanted to get you all something as a thank you.
    7 points
  32. @ELDER06 Please only quote things you agree with and don't continue down this path. You are a great debater and we respect you. But please use language that respects everyone on the board. If you don't agree with a post, either ignore it or post your own response. I really don't want you to go down this path because you have the love of Notre Dame, and are enjoyable to post with. This stuff won't be tolerated going forward. Please make me proud of the decision to issue a last written warning
    7 points
  33. Most of the ranked teams are facing a semi-quality opponent this week; no Alabama v. Citadel matchups this week. * All times are CST (the best time zone) Thursday 7:00 - Utah State @ #19 BYU - ESPN - Next week's opponent in BYU and the only Thursday game worth watching. lol Friday 7:00 - San Diego State @ Boise State - FS1 - not sure how good Boise is this year, but not a bad game until the late night game is on 9:30 - #15 Washington @ UCLA - ESPN - Washington has played well, but they are facing a decent opponent on the road, upset alert? Morning Games 11:00 - #7 Kentucky @ #14 Ole Miss - ESPN - Top 15 matchup but the sad thing is, unless it is a blowout, neither team will probably move much in terms of rankings 11:00 - #18 Oklahoma @ TCU - ABC - TCU has had some good games, can they upset Oklahoma for the second week in a row? 11:00 - #4 Michigan @ Iowa - FOX - I dont think Iowa is any good, but Michigan didnt look all that great against Maryland either and it is an Away game for Michigan's SUPER weak schedule Afternoon Games 2:30 - #2 Alabama @ #20 Arkansas - CBS - Alabama playing a tough game on the road, but Arkansas had a let down game last week 2:30 - #9 Oklahoma State @ #16 Baylor - FOX - Should be a good game and may determine the Pac12 champ 2:30 - #22 Wake Forest @ #23 Florida State - ABC - FSU is on a roll, Wake Forest almost beat Clemson last week, should be a good game to watch. 3:00 - #17 Texas A&M @ Miss State - SECN - Hopefully Miss State can get the upset at home. Evening Games 6:00 - LSU @ Auburn - ESPN - Go Tigers, if LSU wins this game, they may not have the bad record everyone was thinking they would. 6:30 - #1 Georgia @ Missouri - SECN - #1 team on the road, maybe a game Georgia overlooks, otherwise, I think Georgia will steamroll them. 6:30 - #10 NC State @ #5 Clemson - ABC - Back to back big games for Clemson after a nail- biter with Wake Forest, could be a really good game. 6:30 - West Virginia @ Texas - FS1 - Which Texas team will come out today? 9:30 - Arizona State @ #6 USC - ESPN - Another decent test against a Power 5 opponent for our rivals. 10:00 - Stanford @ #13 Oregon - FS1 - Oregon may blow this game away, but if you are up this late, it could be a decent game to watch.
    6 points
  34. I did my undergrad at Utah State and Just got my masters at ND. Seeing that my previous Alma Mater just played byu, I’m happy to give a breakdown to my fellow Domers of byu’s position groups. I’ll start with the offense: - QB - Jaren Hall. The kid is a first round NFL prospect, and as much as I hate to say it, he’s as good as advertised. He’s mobile, accurate, accurate on the run, and has a BIG arm. I’ve seen videos of him throwing a 70 yard ball coming out of high school. If he has time, he’ll pick us apart. The one flaw in his game is that his accuracy decreases substantially when he’s under duress. Getting a solid pass rush will be critical for the Irish to win. - OL - On paper, they should be one of the better units in the country, but they haven’t done as well this year as their fans hoped they would have. We’ll see if that continues. If they play the same way they did against Utah State, the Irish D-line should win this match up handily. - WR - Their top three guys (in order) are Puka Nakua, who has been injured all year. If he’s healthy, he’ll be their biggest weapon. After that Gunner Romney is their speed receiver, then Keanu Hill is a solid #3. They have some decent tight ends, but nothing like Michael Mayer. Overall this group is decent, but they’re no where near the talent as the what we saw against Ohio State. -RB - they have a good Thunder/Lightning combo with Brooks and David, but they’re only as good as their offensive line allows them to be. I expect them to run some trick plays on us, especially a reverse —> flee flicker play they tend to run once a game. However, if we can win the battle in the trenches. I don’t see byu scoring more than 17 points on us. As for their defense, the strength of their unit is their LB’s. Their D-line is big and are used to absorb blocks to let their LB’s make the plays. However, they’re not quite as big and strong as they were in years past. Ever since their stud NG Khyris Tonga graduated, they haven’t been anywhere near as imposing. They have very little pass rush. Their D-line will just try to bull rush the opposing team’s to get pressure. It works on some teams, but I don’t see it working on us. For their coverage, they like to drop 8 defenders a lot which causes impatient Qb’s to fit passes in tight windows. They essentially live by the “bend don’t break” philosophy. They don’t get beat deep much, but they do allow a lot of passes underneath, so expect Michael Mayer to have a big day. As for their special teams, their field goal kicker has become a head case. He’s missing a lot of easy kicks. It’s to the point where byu fans started booing him. Kind of sad really. If ND can win the battle in the trenches, get pressure on Hall, and be patient enough on offense to sustain long drives, we should win the game by 2-3 Touchdowns. Go Irish!
    6 points
  35. I’d venture to guess we will be seeing more of this. It’s not what your grandfather expected at Notre Dame, it’s the future and what will draw kids in. Go to the Hammes website, order your very own NIL jersey (yes, they are offering them for sale) and support the kids who play for us.
    6 points
  36. Curious to know where you are in your own lives… do you have families? Kids? Spouses? Calling for firings at this juncture be it Freeman, Heistand or Rees need to take pause and join the rest of us in Real Land. No one is getting fired. There are bound to be plenty of growing pains in the next few years. I would hate to have to count on any of you wanting to bail on the plan three weeks in… adversity is a huge part of life. Learn to deal with it better…
    6 points
  37. Ehh, Everyone learns from everyone else. Great leaders should always be learning and helping round out their deficiencies, in this case on O. If you have a head coach that says he isnt learning, that would concern me. Previously he spent very little time in Offensive meetings. It makes sense for him to now. Much ado about nothing
    6 points
  38. Photos I've seen of the Freeman family seem to show he has 6 kids. This job would be such a major grind when bringing up a family like that. To have to be on the road to recruit as much as he has been doing, well, I can't imagine how hard that would be on the family. Admirable, but wow.
    6 points
  39. I saw this quote and it sums things up for me: Marcus Freeman is our guy. We’ll see if he’s an upgrade over the last guy as a coach. That bar is high. To be an upgrade over Brian Kelly as a leader, as a person? Much lower bar. Like stepping over a curb on your way to the news conference.
    6 points
  40. An important point: Thank you, LSU. No give backs.
    6 points
  41. Ignore the schedule, he’s primed for another 11-1 season and has us in the hunt for the playoff. Between the injuries and shuffling on the offensive line, to the injuries at linebacker and safety, this has been a magnificent coaching job. We’ve all been there clamouring for a change after some of the debacles, however he was the top guy at the time. It is really tough to win at ND given the circumstances and he keeps doing it. Very few could do what he’s doing and when I look around at the college football landscape, there are only 4 programs doing it better on a consistent basis (OSU, Clemson, Bama, UGA and maybe OU). You see what’s going on at Florida, Texas, FSU, USC, etc… that’s much more likely to happen if we replace BK than greater success.
    6 points
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