Magical season for this 2012 ND squad ends with a victory over Alabama. No way will this team allow Manti Te’o to leave with a loss and no way will Manti allow it. Confidence and toughness will determine the outcome.
If ND plays like they did against Miami and Oklahoma they win going away. We don’t want a repeat of the Pitt and USC games. If ND shows up just happy to be there Bama will eat them up.
Hopefully Brian Kelly takes the reins off Golson and just let him play his game. I think we will see a lot of 2 back sets – Riddick, Wood or Atkinson. I think Wood lights it up, gets the MVP award and boosts his stock for the Pro draft. Brian Kelly has had 45 days to prepare so let’s hope he is creative and as he himself said – no holding back for this game.
On offense it’s Golson, Wood and TJ Jones that carry the Irish. I would really like to see a warp speed offense that just exhausts the Bama D. Golson should be required to watch Johnny Football’s highlights for hours – both red shirt freshman so EG it’s time to ignite.
On Defense – get the Bama QB–go after him every play and I do mean every play. We want to really rattle this guy and we know exactly where he will be. Fastest route to him is right up the middle. If Bama’s center still having trouble with his ankle I would tag team him with Nix and Tuitt and let Shembo clean up. Shembo could be the defensive MVP of this game.
I also look for out of their mind games from Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese as they look to come back for 5th year. Earlier it looked like a cinch but the way 2013 recruits pouring in the numbers may edge them out. Hate to see either go but if it happens and they want 1 more year just dial up Rich Rod at Arizona – they have no defensive players at all and the weather’s nice.
Notre Dame 27 Alabama 24
Go Irish !!!!!!!!!!!!!!