What??? I'm a huge ND fan and I will personally tell you they are ranked too high. Not because I don't think the offense will get it done, but because of the poor pass defense. Quinn has everyone coming back except for Fasano and Stovall, but our former #1 WR is back from injury and ND picked up the #1 TE last year in Konrad Reuland.Chispa said:Agreed. There're so many ways a QB can be blamed for a bad season. I'm not rooting for Notre Dame - but I wonder if it's fair to equate expectations for him and for the team equally. I think Notre Dame is over-rated and I wonder if Quinn will get dinged for that.
From your mouth to .......WonderSlug said:Nope Notre Dame is just where they should be.
ND will be even better this year. Their schedule is very conducive to them being undefeated up until their final game, where they visit USC.
Even then, USC is a shadow of the team that almost lost in South Bend last year.
It will be ND vs. LSU or OSU in the National Championship.
I think ND's defense will be much better in 2006.Buttmunch said:From your mouth to .......
I hope to make it to the USC game. I would love for ND to kick Leisure....Uh, I mean USC's arse!!!
We have talented DB's coming in like DW, but they'll need at least a year under their belts before they can get up to speed. Also, our LB situation isn't the greatest. I really think it's going to be a shootout with ND putting up a ton of points, but not being able to stop anyone.WonderSlug said:I think ND's defense will be much better in 2006.
Rick Minter usually needs about 2 years to get it going. It wasn't until his 2nd or 3rd year as the DC during the Lou Holtz era that ND's defense was rock solid and helped them keep opponents from scoring to play a big part in winning the National Championship.
The thing I like is that Weis is giving Minter complete defensive control. Charlie runs the offensive scheme and calls the plays into Quinn, but it's Minter's baby on the other side.