I attended the Cotton Bowl. Great atmosphere and a very good time. Notre Dame played well except for about 6-8 plays. Notre Dame lines up well with every team except Bama and maybe Georgia in the trenches. They need a little more speed at receiver and safety. It does not matter who makes the playoffs because its Bama and everyone else. I will say this…the Clemson QB made very few mistakes and he was on target all night. That dude could be special and he is the reason Clemson is playing for another NC.
The Clemson video on the big screen prior to kickoff was awesome…that guy had me ready to hit someone. Google 4th qtr video Clemson football. I would have linked it here but I am sure someone would get their feelings hurt if I had so I didn’t.
Side note…If Bama doesn’t have penalties in the 2nd Qtr they beat Oklahoma by 30 plus. It is almost comical how they make other teams look.
ND has the same issue that most teams do who are not ranked in the top 5 recruiting classes on an annual basis…can you put enough players together in each recruiting class to make each position group special year in and year out. I agree with the original poster…they lose out on 3-4 recruits per year due to academic admission standards. Everyone can cry all they want about ND being in the playoff but Georgia got pimp slapped by LSU (average at best) and Ohio State got bowled over by Purdue. I think GA and Clemson are the only consistent threats to Bama in all of College football. Threat means someone who might slip up and beat Bama if Bama has an off night.
It was great to be at a game that meant something. I just don’t see the Hogs being on that stage in the next 3-5 years. Hoping things get better once Saban retires and we improve the roster.
For all of you who complain about ND’s schedule. I was talking to their fans last night and learned a few things. They play GA next year (lost to GA by 1 pt last year). They have A&M, Arkansas, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Alabama on future schedules. Clemson is on their ACC schedule every other year. It’s not an SEC schedule but they are not afraid to play anyone. They may get taken behind the wood shed in a few of those games but that is a risk they are willing to take.
I don’t want ND in a conf. I like how they schedule teams from all conferences. If it were not for all the conf money associated with being in the SEC then I would like the Hogs to go independent and play a variety of teams (I know it won’t happen so save your breath).
Hog Independent Schedule (my sample):
South Carolina (always)
Ole Miss or MS State (rotate)
Texas or A&M (rotate)
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor or TCU
Nebraska, Iowa, or Kansas State
Houston, Rice, or SMU
Southern Miss (always)
Georgia Tech or UAB
Vandy or Tennessee
LSU (every year…they would not agree to this)
Always keep teams on the schedule from Texas, GA, MS, TN, LA and OK. That schedule has 6 potential ranked teams on it most years. If you ran that schedule then you would be in the CFP most years. No Bama, Auburn, Georgia or schools from Florida unless it’s UCF or South Florida.