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  • #91
    Originally posted by machoking6 View Post
    Having to play Army, Navy, and Air Force was atrocious. That was the first time in a while that they played all three of those schools in one season. But everyone has their share of awful matchups. Michigan played Central Michigan, Ball St. and Vanderbilt last season. And that's on top of the terrible Big 10 teams they had to play (Minnesota, Northerwestern, and Indiana). Ditto Ohio St. who got to play Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, and Cincinatti on top of Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, and Northwestern. The national champions, Florida, played Central Florida and Western Carolina. Those two teams, combined with Southern Miss, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt, gives them more than enough cake games. Everybody has that schedule. It's just the way it goes.

    Saying ND is ranked 15-18, then NBC plays Rudy, so the voters bump them up to 10-13 is a very uneducated statement. And it's also very lame. If you're going to go for the comedic factor then you got to raise your game Jerry Seinfeld.
    OK I'm a Michigan fan. I'm not even gonna try to defend the Ball State game. Vandy was an SEC team. If you're gonna schedule a cupcake, at least make it an SEC team. CMU I guess is a geographic rival, but also pretty tough to excuse. Can't do anything about the conference games though. You're locked into a conference you have to play those teams. ND, on the other hand, gets to pick every team they play. SC and Michigan are major rivalries and I suppose Navy and MSU are "semi-rivals". (I say semi because Navy is 0-38 or something in the past 40 years). Seriously though, all 3 service academies? Might as well ask the Marines to get a team too.

    Your point about schedules is accurate, I won't argue with you. But your BCS game point doesn't exactly mean much when you're losing 34-20 and 41-17. Oddly enough, you don't comment on the results vs. ranked teams point (OSU, USC, UM, LSU)

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    • #92
      Originally posted by SNIPER26 View Post
      OK I'm a Michigan fan. I'm not even gonna try to defend the Ball State game. Vandy was an SEC team. If you're gonna schedule a cupcake, at least make it an SEC team. CMU I guess is a geographic rival, but also pretty tough to excuse. Can't do anything about the conference games though. You're locked into a conference you have to play those teams. ND, on the other hand, gets to pick every team they play. SC and Michigan are major rivalries and I suppose Navy and MSU are "semi-rivals". (I say semi because Navy is 0-38 or something in the past 40 years). Seriously though, all 3 service academies? Might as well ask the Marines to get a team too.

      Your point about schedules is accurate, I won't argue with you. But your BCS game point doesn't exactly mean much when you're losing 34-20 and 41-17. Oddly enough, you don't comment on the results vs. ranked teams point (OSU, USC, UM, LSU)
      Everyone hates on Notre Dame for their schedule, but a majority of the games they play are deemed rivalries. Some of these rivalries are big, some of them small. USC, Michigan, and Michigan St. are all big rivalries, and those should not be questioned. Purdue is another team they play year in and year out because they are in-state foes. Navy is another one they always play and it's considered to be a rivalry because of what you said about Navy never beating ND. BC is a rivalry I consider, but I guess opinions vary. They are another catholic college filled with guys who wanted to go to ND, but couldn't. And thus, they have ND's number. Stanford is a team that they have always played as far as I can remember. And Army, as bad as they are, have some kind of rivalry with ND dating back to the Knute Rockne era. My point with all this is that a good majority of all their games have some sort of significance behind it. When they do schedule games with teams they never play, they schedule them with very good teams. For instance, last year and this year they have Georgia Tech and Penn St. They also have UCLA, but I'm not going to say they are very good. But, in all fairness, they are good (a lot better than Vanderbilt, Ball St., or Central Michigan). I remember several years ago ND and Michigan decided to take one another off each other's schedule for 2 years. ND picked up Nebraska. Those were the Eric Crouch/National Champion contender days. Michigan picked up Rice. Michigan is locked into it's conference and I understand that. But you gotta understand the history of such games like Navy, Army, Stanford, and Purdue for ND.

      ND making it to BCS bowls has a lot to do with the fact that they are ND. As long as they are in the top 13 of the BCS, they will most likely get picked. But that's because ND produces money. And until a playoff system ensues, it'll always be that way. They generate money and in the end, these big sponsors who represent the Sugar, Fiesta, Orange, and Rose Bowls will always want ND because of the fanfare that will pay to see them. But ND MUST be in the top 13 of the BCS rankings. They get to that point by winning in the season. The sponsors of the BCS bowls have no impact on what ND does during the regular season. You can argue that they get in that top 13 through easy wins, but Michigan has just as many easy games, if not more, as ND.

      Finally, you mention how I'm ducking the point that ND has gotten smoked by the ranked opponents. Quite frankly, that's because I don't dwell on the past. I never turn back...I'm always looking forward. In my opinion, either you're the national champion or you're not. ND is not and thus, I look towards next season. If I really wanted to dwell on the past, then I could mention how ND has beaten Michigan 3 out of the past 5 years. But it doesn't matter to me. All that matters to me is what happenes starting September 1st when Georgia Tech comes to South Bend.
      Last edited by machoking6; 05-18-2007, 10:05 AM.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by machoking6 View Post
        I'm not doubting his talent. I'm not doubting that he's better than Clausen. On that same token, I'm not doubting that Clausen is better than him. Personally, I really hope it's one of the two who gets the starting nod. But I'm not jumping to any conclusions by saying one of them is better than the other because there is no proof of that yet.

        I want ND's next starting QB to be someone who is good and will be great. I want someone who will digest the playbook and will be able to run the offense efficiently. I don't know who that will be yet. Nobody does, so we'll have to wait til the summer. But I don't care if the new QB is a pompous jerk, or someone who is well spoken in interviews. If he wins ball games, then that's all I care about.
        Okay, it's not like I was saying that DJ will be the QB. It's just the guy I want and believe to be the best. Obviously I am not talking about anything with real evidence. Just that gut feeling I get.

        Irish.

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