10.2 – Perspective

Schedule: Notre Dame’s schedule still ranks as the toughest in the country according to Jeff Sagarin.

Perspective: Three years ago at this same point in his second season, Ty Willingham was 2-3 and in the midst of the worst ten game stretch in Notre Dame history.

Heisman Watch: In the only game against a like opponent, Penn Sate, Ohio States Troy Smith was 12 of 22 for 115 yards with 1 touch down and 2 interceptions. Brady Quinn was 25 of 36 for 287 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

Purdue: Note Dame blasted Purdue, taking a 28-7 lead and coasting to win by two touchdowns. I turned the game off after the fake field goal. Notre Dame’s defense did the job when it counted.

Note that Notre Dame’s opposition is now 18-2 in games that didn’t involve ND. None had a loss coming into their game with the Irish. As omahadomer points out, here’s how Notre Dame’s last four coaches started out. Notice the point differentials… a key indicator of performance.

Weis: 13-4, + 165 points
Willingham: 11-6 + 19 points
Davie: 10-7 + 12 points
Holtz: 10-7, + 159 points

Notre Dame’s defense has a long way to go, but we just faced five tough opponents in a row with no break. We played Purdue without Travis Thomas, Ambrose Wooden and half a Zibby. There’s work to be done, but this story is still being written.

sullybiscuit did a defensive of analysis of Notre Dame’s defense vs. USC’s last year.

Yards allowed per game:
USC ’05 – 360
ND ’06 – 343

Points allowed per game:
USC ’05 – 23
ND ’06 – 26

Yet no one will say that Pete Carroll is a poor defensive coach and he’s working with the best talent in the country.

Final Flanner found UND’s perspective on Brady and the Heisman.

Brady Stacks Up With The Most Recent Heisman Trophy Winners

Notre Dame senior QB Brady Quinn finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting last season. Through five games, Brady is on pace for 3,645 yards passing and 34 touchdown passes. Here is an interesting comparison between Quinn and the previous five QBs to capture the Heisman Trophy (a QB has taken home the award five of the last six years):

Player Yds TD INT Pct
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame (projected) 3,645 34 10 61.7
Matt Leinart, USC (2004) 3,322 33 6 65.3
Jason White, Oklahoma (2003) 3,846 40 10 61.6
Carson Palmer, USC (2002) 3,942 33 10 63.2
Eric Crouch, Nebraska (2001) *2,625 *26 10 55.5
Chris Weinke, Florida State (2000) 4,167 33 11 61.7

*total yards (passing/rushing) and total touchdowns

Johnelle Smith is a nut. He says the Illinois players deserve to plant the flag, yet he puts his players at midfield to prevent it and start a fight? Put the first notch in Weis’s belt. Johnelle is done.

Crazy Chester has it right: It is not too difficult to see how they overlooked Illinois if the HEAD COACH is still focused on Notre Dame.


9 Responses to “10.2 – Perspective”

  1. DCIRISH Says:

    On the actions of El Johno – sweet jesus take something, take anything to calm yourself down. If this man was not a head football coach and just someone you worked with we would all be conerned for his physical and mental health.

    I want ND’s opponents to do well… and MSU may not win another game this year. They sure as hell are not going to beating U of M.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I can’t believe a coach would dwell on something from a week before after losing to a heavy underdog.

    Anyone wondering why MSU folds like a cheap suit after their first loss every year simply needs to see how their coach can’t let go. That’s got to trickle down to the team as well.

  3. Sullybiscuit Says:

    As much as I love hobbs, I have to lay claim to the USC-ND comparison. See attached link to the original post.


  4. Anonymous Says:

    i am ashamed of you for turning the game off after the fake field goal.
    obviously you are not a true ND fan.
    very sad, very sad indeed. did you also turn off the michigan state game?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Sagarin’s SoS only measures the games played to date. It will be interesting to see how the SoS works out at seasons end. It will still be decent, and Navy and Air Force actually help it, but it won’t likely remain #1.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    This guy has sooooo lost it – it’s actually very sad. State’s a great school and the ND-MSU rivalry has been great over the years…John L (forever more known as “The Turd”) is ruining this great rivalry by being a pompous ass. Get over it Turd – you lost!!!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    The look on his face right before the slap is similiar to Nicholson in “The Shining” after spending a few days at the Overlook Hotel.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Speaking of Johnelle Smith…has anyone noted his very strong resemblence to the role of sniveling President Charles Logan on the TV show “24” ??? – esp. in the presser apres the ND game. What a schmoe.


  9. Anonymous Says:

    I’m worried. Everybody from BGI to NBC has already chalked up ND victories over the next 5 opponents. That’s the last thing our inconsistent sleep walkers need to see day after day. If the ND team that showed up for the first half against Stanford, or the first 3 Q’s gainst MSU, shows up against UCLA they’ll get hammered. I live in SoCal. I’ve seen all their games. they’re quick, fast, talented at skill positions both O and D. They just tend toward mental mistakes. But you can bet that their first ever trip to ND they’ll come out smokin. IUCLA, Navy, Air Force (out there, at night, bad weather, altitude) can all beat the Irish IF THEY TAKE THESE TEAMS LIGHTLY. Please, Irish commentators, shut up about 10-1 heading into USC or it will be 7-4.

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