NCAAF  > Notre Dame Fighting Irish  > Notre Dame will beat USC Next year
November 28, 2011, 01:59 AM
I don't think so. Their one win of the decade was last year. Unfortunately, the only one who beats Notre Dame worse than USC is Brian Kelly. I can't believe how badly he treats his players on the side line after a bad play on the field. Then, after the game is lost, he proceeds to blame the prior coach and the players bad play, rather than taking the responsibility as the coach. Brian Kelly is the fighting irishman who is giving Notre Dame a bad name.
November 28, 2011  03:35 PM ET

I'm very happy about where USC is right now. Assuming Barkley comes back (and I think he will), next season should be a special one for the Trojans. A BCS bowl is in reach, and there is an outside shot at the NCG.

However, I still see holes that need to be addressed in the off season.

We need a stronger secondary. Yeah, we kept UCLA out of the end zone, but still allowed them several trips to the red zone and 250+ yards in the air. I want to see a 2003 era defense.

We need a between the tackles runner. McNeal is too small for a true every down back. Play action only works when teams have to respect the run.

November 29, 2011  03:04 PM ET

Hey, the Irish held Stanford to less than 30 points in the game. No one has been able to do that all season.
In fact,, the final was really 21-14. That last TD was just pure Luck!!

November 29, 2011  03:58 PM ET

It doesn't matter what ND does in 2012. They win or lose depending on what Barkley does with his NFL choice.

November 29, 2011  04:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It doesn't matter what ND does in 2012. They win or lose depending on what Barkley does with his NFL choice.

If Barkley does go to the NFL, Kiffin has dug a huge hole for himself. None of the backups threw a pass all season, not even in the blowout wins over UCLA, Colorado or UDub.

IMO, it was somewhat foolish even if Barkley is coming back. There were no pollsters to impress this season, so he should have gotten some game experience for the backups, if only to have someone ready should Barkley get hurt next year.

November 29, 2011  05:13 PM ET

So when does Barkley make the big decision to bug off?

I got a fine bottle of 1988 champiple under the seat for just such an occasion.

 
November 29, 2011  05:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So when does Barkley make the big decision to bug off?

I think the deadline to declare for the NFL draft is mid-January.

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