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08:21 AM ET 12.26 | It wasn't all that long ago that Zack Martin felt all the heat Notre Dame's offensive line was taking. Whether that feeling came from self-reflection or was spawned as a motivational tool from first-year Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand didn't matter. With Hiestand came a mission: to restore the pride back to the Irish trenches. And the senior left tackle set his sights on being a leader of the revolution. "The offensive line at Notre Dame the last however many years has kind of been the whipping boy of the team," Martin said. "It's time to change that. I don't think we could have gotten a better guy to help us." The linemen have responded accordingly. The unit has allowed the least amount of sacks (16) of any group in the last four years and cleared the way for the most rushing yards in that same period.

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December 26, 2012  09:15 AM ET

1st to say today GO IRISH!!!! Beat Bama!!!

December 26, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Catholics vs Cousins.......can't wait :-)

Gump covers.....

December 26, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Line play is where it's at ... always has been.

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December 26, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Catholics vs Cousins.......can't wait :-) Gump covers.....

Maybe so, but I'm still taking Notre Dame and the 10 points!!! :-)

December 26, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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Catholics Therapists vs Cousins.......can't wait :-) Gump covers.....

One up LUS

December 26, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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... Gump covers.....

scientists in Huntsville found a way to keep the mud out of wheel wells?

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December 26, 2012  12:11 PM ET

Look at that frickin picture > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

Who said weight lifting wasn't dangerous?

December 26, 2012  12:12 PM ET

The key to an ND victory is pictured in this thread.

December 26, 2012  12:16 PM ET
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The key to an ND victory is pictured in this thread.

A Vandy cheerleader???

December 26, 2012  12:27 PM ET
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A Vandy cheerleader???

How did I miss that??? I could go for a little Jessica Gomes though.

December 26, 2012  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Catholics vs Cousins.......can't wait :-) Gump covers.....

x2

December 26, 2012  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The key to an ND victory is pictured in this thread.

SI swimsuit models?

December 26, 2012  02:06 PM ET
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Maybe so, but I'm still taking Notre Dame and the 10 points!!! :-)

Even legendary coach Bayah Bryant would take the points.

December 26, 2012  02:08 PM ET

Keep betting the farm Bama fans...! GO IRISH...!!!

December 26, 2012  02:19 PM ET
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A Vandy cheerleader???

I guess it is finally out, though I cannot imagine how. Golson has a crush on a Vandy cheerleader which is approaching unhealthy stalker fixation. If she doesn't respond to his stream of communication, it could mess up his head and his game. Purportedly, REC is offering her free and clear a fully restored manse on Belmont (Nashville) and a tricked out Camaro if she'll freeze out Golson hard and quick without any explanation.

 
December 26, 2012  02:21 PM ET

It helps to have a mobile QB in keeping the sacks down.
ND O-line is doing its job, both in pass protection and in opening up running lanes. Very impressive turn-around.
Take ND and the points for as good a sure thing as you will find in a NC game.

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