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So the Wolverines will have played both teams going for all the marbles on Jan 7th. I am here to ask about anyone that has a connection to the program, what they may have been told about the two teams. Who do you/they think will win the game? Which team has better matchups over the other and an overall guage for the game. UM has played both teams and I guess I am wanting to know the pulse of the team or fans that have seen both teams live against UM. Give me key match ups, and your thoughts on how the game plays out. Any quotes from players about the the game or the two teams would be nice too.
This post was edited by Bolden1983 16 months ago
Go Blue & Gig Em'!
Any reason for that prediction? Do you think ND is still the same team that should have lost to Michigan? Do you think they are over rated and just simply got lucky? I for one think no one ends up in the NC by mistake. To get there you had to work your aZZ off and have alot of good breaks as well. In todays college scheme with gimicky offenses and recruiting numbers it is very hard to go undefeated. Especially in the bigger conferences.
Yes, I think they're overrated. I think that their D is solid but Bama will be too much for them. With a month to prepare I don't see it being close. They are very lucky and should have at least 3 losses.
I think Alabama is a much better team overall, however they do not match up that well against ND. ND front 7 is its greatest strength and has a good chance of stopping Bama's run game. McCarron has not looked particularly strong when he is counted on to win games and does'nt have the threat of the run game to allow WRs to get wide open. ND plays a super-conservative style of offense but has a solid running game and Gholson has a cannon, is pretty good at throwing on the run, and is good at not turning the ball over(the D has allowed him to not take many risky passes, he will just throw it away or run for a few yards if no sure thing is available). That being said, if I had to choose I'd still take Bama, but I don't think it will be a blowout, and if McCarron poops his pants and throws INTs in the endzone like he did against UGA and TAMU I could see ND upsetting them .
While I agree that it isn't the greatest matchup, I think Alabama neutralizes ND's strength pretty well. ND's front 7 hasn't faced an OL anything like Bama's. I don't think Bama's OL will necessarily steamroll ND's front 7, but ND's LBs will have to come up and fill holes and get off combo blocks much more than they've been asked to do all year. In addition, ND's corners won't be used to the extra amount of effort they'll have to put forth when Bama's OL is giving AJ McCarron time that other QBs didn't get against ND.
Add that in to the fact that ND also hasn't seen anything even remotely close to Bama's defense, and I think we'll see a pretty bad shutdown of ND's offense. Both us and MSU shut down the ND offense to under 20 points, and you're not going to beat Bama without scoring at least 3 TDs. If ND falls behind at all and they're forced to turn to Golson to pass repeatedly, I think we'll see the first-year-starter jitters come out. Michigan's D knocked Golson around pretty badly and forced him into some bad throws, and I'll be the first to say that Michigan's D isn't as good as Bama's.
Like I said, I don't think ND will win or should be favored, I just don't think it is impossible for them to win or the game is a guaranteed blowout. I'd say ND beat some pretty good teams(with a lot of "luck") and maybe wins this game 1 in 4/5 times.
It all comes down to Everett Golson
I don't know if he can make enough plays throughout an keep the offense rolling to make sure his defense is well rested. I see Alabama take over late when ND is forced to make plays on offense and can't turn it in. The Alabama run game gets going late and does exactly what they did to Georgia. Alabama on defense towards the end will have too easy of a job.
Maybe I am thinking too much about it, but I dont see EG being a threat. Denard Robinson seemed to be much more of a threat than him. My #1 concern is our turnovers and stopping their run. I think that everything else will fall into place.
I just meant that towards the end of the game when he's forced to make plays. If Bama can contain him and get to him, it's going to be a long night.
Unlike Robinson, Golson would rather throw the ball than take off and run. The keys to the game are OL/DL, usually is, TO's, does Alabama have another receiving threat beside Cooper, can Bama take Eifert out of the game, and field position.
ND wins 23-17
"Those Who Stay...Will be Champions"
how did you come to this prediction?
Bolden, I'll build a case for 23-17 ND.
1. ND is very lucky. Don't doubt that their luck can't strike again as it has many times over the years. There is also a time when luck stops being luck and talent and good coaching take over. This could be the time.
2. Alabama could be not as good as people think. They are certainly not as good as last year. Bama has less margin for error and in my opinion ND is as good as T A&M, so anything is possible.
That being said I think it is a 24-14 Bama win because you are just better.
I understand your logic completely. I do think that our margin for error is larger than most games because I dont see ND marching the ball up and down the field on us. Unless we turn the ball over multiple times I think we can outscore them and our defense stops them more than they stop us.
35-14 Bama. Bama just has to much D!
27-13 Bama............ Yes I think you guys really are that much better and at some point luck runs out. Bama had some really good wins against really good teams. Notre Dame had one solid win vs Oklahoma. I know it was early in the season but you guys were clearly in a different class than us........Notre Dame only took us by seven in what was probably our worst game of the year (Nebraska is a different story). Good luck Bama!!
Everyone knows bama should win this, but this is shaping up to be just like osu and miami back in 02. Miami was a dang juggernaut at the time. I think they were riding a 30 something game win streak? But osu took them to where no team had even come close and that was with their defense.
And luck was absent for you in the process....the Magahee injury and phantom pass interference were crucial in the outcome of that game.
like I said couple weeks ago. ND can not move the ball on bama. If bama puts up 20 points, it is over. ND has no chance of putting 20 or more points on bama
JMO but I think their front 7 will be absolutely wore out by the 3rd quarter. Its hard to shed our blockers time and time again and then try to dial it up on a pass rush. I dont think they are deep enough to keep rotatin fresh legs. My prediction is 31-13 Bama pulling away in the 3rd quarter. We get our #2 receiver back this game as well and now AJ has healed up from his broken ribs that most people didnt know about.
And for the record, the people saying that ND matches up better against Bama than UGA, may possibly be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. UGA has a very suspect O line, whats ND's strength? Rushing the passer and stopping the run. If they can blow off blocks UGA would be in trouble. Whats ND's offensive strength? Running the ball. UGA couldnt stop the run if my 90 year old grandmother was going through the A gap in her walker. Alabamas best strength is stopping the run. In no way shape and form does ND match up better against UA than they do UGA. That argument is simply trying to make this game more relevant. Aaron Murray showed us what happens against an elite pass rush. (see USCe game) Total blowout and headcase. UA out matches ND from every strength standpoint. Their strengths are totally nullified by our strengths, and we are deeper on the rotation as well. If we get out to a 14 or 17 point lead it will be a long night for the Irish.
I don't think ND's offense will be able to move the ball much against Bama. And I see a couple ND turnovers. Bama 27-7.
I see this or 31-13. NDs D will keep it respectable early, but bamas oline will take control with the run game and wear them down in 2nd half imo
I feel the difference will be Bama's big backs in the second half. The backs drive lb's back for extra yards like against Georgia. I see it as a fourth quarter win for Bama. 30-16. The only way IMO this is righter is if McCarron does too much and creates self inflicted wounds. Both will be fired up but the second half is where it changes.
I see Bama ND like all those priests did for years
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