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08:45 AM ET 12.29 | A November surge for the Irish defense could be a sign that Notre Dame is morphing back into an elite team. "That's one of the reasons I want to get on the field to play this game Friday," Irish sophomore linebacker Manti Te'o said via telephone after Tuesday's practice. "A lot of people are thinking about 2011 and what that season can be like. I want to win this game and show people this is who we've become." What the defense became in November, against the likes of Utah, Army and USC, was almost a polar opposite of what it looked like early in the season. ... Projected over an entire season ND's November numbers would place it as the nation's No. 4 rushing defense (93.3 yards per game), No. 6 in third-down defense (31.3 percent conversions), No. 2 in first downs allowed (12 per game), No. 2 in total defense (233.3 yards per game) and No. 1 in scoring defense (7.3 points a game).

South Bend Tribune

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December 29, 2010  09:02 AM ET

Here you go Stu!

December 29, 2010  09:06 AM ET

Could be who you played as much as what the domers were doing. I'm not sure the three teams listed were offensive juggernauts toward the end of the year. Sorry OT, but I think we could gather up 11 guys between here and the bus station and be able to stop Utah, Army and USC.

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December 29, 2010  09:24 AM ET
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Could be who you played as much as what the domers were doing. I'm not sure the three teams listed were offensive juggernauts toward the end of the year. Sorry OT, but I think we could gather up 11 guys between here and the bus station and be able to stop Utah, Army and USC.

+1

December 29, 2010  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Could be who you played as much as what the domers were doing. I'm not sure the three teams listed were offensive juggernauts toward the end of the year. Sorry OT, but I think we could gather up 11 guys between here and the bus station and be able to stop Utah, Army and USC.

DC, no need to be sorry! The truth hurts, my friend!! LOL.

December 29, 2010  09:37 AM ET

I seen Utah score 3 against Boise St!

December 29, 2010  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I seen Utah score 3 against Boise St!

Yeah, and Utah was lucky at that!!

December 29, 2010  09:54 AM ET
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Just wait for the off season.

No kidding...the spinners will go crazy.

December 29, 2010  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Here you go Stu!

Thank you, Sir!

December 29, 2010  10:09 AM ET

I hear ya on the "quality of opponents" argument, and agree that there's not alot of offensive prowess in those few opponents (hey, as a Gator fan, I KNOW offensive ineptness when I see it). :-/

But in fairness, the ND defense often gave up big yards and points to so-so offenses - so this is likely a decent improvement - and not many would give "Mr Offense BK" much chance of showing ANY D improvement early on in his ND career.

December 29, 2010  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Could be who you played as much as what the domers were doing. I'm not sure the three teams listed were offensive juggernauts toward the end of the year. Sorry OT, but I think we could gather up 11 guys between here and the bus station and be able to stop Utah, Army and USC.

Before Utah played TCU, they were averaging 45.25 points per game. Granted, some of their opponents were not known for their defense, but there is something to be said about holding a team to 7 points after it averaged 45 points per game for eight games. Additionally, USC averaged 31 points per game all year. The Irish Defense held them to just 16.

It's true that Stanford beat us like a bunch of Irish red-headed step-children, but we very nearly beat Michigan State and we should have beaten Michigan and Tulsa. Sorry, fellas, but just maybe the Irish are better than you want to admit to.

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December 29, 2010  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

+1

+ 2

That's the story of a bunch of teams; either played tough competition early on and got beat up, or played quality opponents later and were exposed.

December 29, 2010  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah, and Utah was lucky at that!!

Utah scored the first 3 and then Boise put up 23 unanswered points.

2nd half of the season exposed their soft early schedule.

December 29, 2010  10:13 AM ET

I heard that 72% of all statistics are made up on the spot!

;)

December 29, 2010  10:13 AM ET

Quad

December 29, 2010  10:17 AM ET
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Sorry, fellas, but just maybe the Irish are better than you want to admit to.

If they can beat Miami, then I would somewhat agree with you.

December 29, 2010  10:23 AM ET
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Utah scored the first 3 and then Boise put up 23 unanswered points.2nd half of the season exposed their soft early schedule.

~ All Out ~, you're right. The three points were in the first quarter after a Kellen Moore interception. Utah went three and out and then kicked a field goal.

December 29, 2010  10:24 AM ET
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If they can beat Miami, then I would somewhat agree with you.

I would normally agree, but with the soap opera that is "The U" right now, I'm not sure what to expect out of Miami. Lame-duck/new coach hire bowls are impossible to predict. I think ND is better than they were at the first of the year, but let's be rational calling the Miami game a huge measuring stick game.

 
December 29, 2010  10:25 AM ET
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The weather's gonna favor the Domers in the "Sun" Bowl on Friday. Forecast is 10% of rain/snow mix with NNW winds 15-25, high of only 40, wind chill in the 20s.

HM, I agree with you. Bad weather will always favor a a slow team!! LOL.

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