Georgia Versus Georgia Tech – November 30, 2013

mark_richt_paul_johnsonNeither Team has Bigger Fish to Fry
The 109th renewal of the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry has lost some of its luster for the 2013 edition.  These two major college football programs from the Peach State have combined for eight losses this season.  How is this possible, you ask?  Any number of reasons come to mind, including an inability to stop the opposition, injuries, and untimely buffoonery.

Is Paul Johnston Still a Genius?
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has earned the right to be called a genius dating back to his time coaching the Naval Academy.  He achieved even greater success during his first two seasons in Atlanta.  However, since 2010, the Yellow Jackets have struggled to rise above mediocrity.  Georgia Tech’s inability to win big games in the past few years has left some fans in Atlanta wondering if their head coach is too smart for his own good.

Oh Yeah, Both These Teams Are Bowl Eligible
The contest known as “Clean Old-Fashioned Hate” signifies the conclusion of regular season UGA football.  Unfortunately, neither the Dawgs nor the Jackets are participating in a conference championship game, meaning a lackluster bowl game is all that separates these two teams from a long offseason.

Aaron Murray’s Injury
When Dawg Post tweeted a picture of Aaron Murray leaving Sanford Stadium to go to the hospital for a Saturday night MRI, the prognosis did not look good.  Sadly, the worst fears of Bulldog Nation have been realized Aaron Murray’s Georgia career is over.  He will have surgery to repair his ACL on Tuesday.  So ends his 52-game start streak, along with his decorated college career.

Don’t Cry for Aaron Murray
Aaron Murray’s injury does not signify an end.  Rather, it marks the beginning of his next chapter. #11 had arguably the greatest career of anyone to ever quarterback the University of Georgia.  He will get the opportunity to play in the National Football League.

Based on the grit and determination he has shown throughout his time between the hedges, Aaron Murray will make an NFL team start him on Sundays sooner rather than later.  Don’t cry for Aaron Murray, bark louder than ever.

The Hutson Mason Show
Hutson Mason’s time has come.  Any Georgia Tech fan who believes the sudden change at QB means the Jackets will win has not been paying attention.  Hutson Mason has been in the Georgia program for nearly four years.  He has yearned to start a game for the University of Georgia since he was 18 years old.  November 30th represents a chance for Hutson Mason to send a message to the rest of college football.

On behalf of all of Bulldog Nation, Hutson Mason’s arm is going to pronounce 2014 as the year of the Dawg.  The defense is going to reinforce the statement by keeping the Yellow Jackets from buzzing.  Todd Gurley has been unstoppable when healthy.  He is sure to make his presence felt as well.

Georgia-Georgia Tech, Picking a Winner
This Saturday is the final stop on the Bulldogs’ regular season calendar.  The 2013 UGA football season will not go down in the history books in the way that Bulldog Nation had hoped, but Georgia fans and players alike should be proud that passion did not waiver no matter how many obstacles got in the way.  Coach Richt has owned Georgia Tech during his time in Athens, expect that trend to continue.

UGA 31, GT 20.  GO DAWGS!

Aaron Murray Should Enter the NFL Draft

See you next year Alabama…or not.

Introduction
University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray faces a pretty big decision in the next two weeks of his young life.  Fresh off yet another impressive win in the Capital One Bowl versus a tenacious but ultimately outmatched Nebraska Cornhusker team, Murray is left to ponder whether or not to enter the NFL draft.  Should Murray turn pro?  We will examine the reasons why his choice should be a resounding moderate ‘yes’.

What Is Left to Accomplish By Coming Back?
After a 12-2 season and a top five finish in the polls, really there are only two hills left for Murray to climb, one personal and the other team-based.  The idea of coming back to shatter a ton of Georgia, SEC, and national passing records has to be appealing, and clearly Murray seems the kind of guy to return for the possibility of a national championship.  However, those two hills I mentioned earlier?  One is a mountain and its name is Alabama.  With the defense in complete rebuilding mode for 2013, I would wager this reality may keep Murray from even believing he can lead Georgia to a national championship…even with what is shaping up to be a dynamic and incredible UGA offense for 2013.

New Horizons/Fresh Opportunities
Aaron Murray has earned multiple diplomas at UGA, as well as leading the Bulldogs heroically through flush and fallow times.  At some point, any athlete is ready to grow to the next level of their chosen sport.  Murray, I am sure, is no exception.  The question remains, of course, whether the erstwhile Bulldog signal caller will feel that in leaving, his business at Georgia was not complete (Murray didn’t ‘finish the drill’).  While this is compelling stuff, the lure of millions of dollars and the national stage of the NFL may prove more compelling.

Dollars, Dollars, and More Dollars
Word is Murray’s initial NFL evaluation has him as a second or third round draft pick.  Considering the relative weakness for quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft, this year may be Murray’s best opportunity to cash in big.  Is it possible by staying another year at UGA, Murray could improve his draft status?  Most certainly, especially given his reputation for falling short in big games (and Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU in the first four weeks of the 2013 season certainly provide a plethora of big game opportunities), but the possibility remains that Murray could become injured and the Bulldogs 1-3 before next year’s season is a month old.

Many pundits recommend Murray stay in school, finish his degree, enjoy the greatest years of his life, blah blah blah.  Who among us would have the discipline and restraint to not follow millions of dollars now, as opposed to later?

Ranking the Best SEC Teams of 2012

Some of these guys have departed for less greener pastures.

A season is almost complete, and there are some surprises as we offer our opinion of the comparative strength of football teams within the SEC.  Without further ado…

Typical Alabama Fan – All hat and no…(nevermind).

1.  Alabama – Still the King
It may sting, but Alabama is reigning national champion, and licking its chops for the upcoming tilt with Notre Dame.  It is simply impossible NOT to rank Alabama as supreme in the SEC until someone dethrones them.

Nothing can convince me about Alabama’s fans however.  If there was ever a more arrogant backwards bunch of yokels, I would like to meet them (or not).

I believe it is due to a huge inferiority complex emanating from the entire state of Alabama.  They do have nice golf courses over there though.

2.  Georgia – Knocking on Heaven’s Door
This was a tough call, and not because I pondered placing Georgia at Number Uno.  There are a couple of worthy teams that could make a case as best or second-best in the SEC. Yes, UGA had a fairly soft schedule, but so did Alabama, and frankly, last we heard, teams do not set their SEC schedule.  Georgia was embarrassed by South Carolina, but it’s not how you start…it’s how you finish, and Georgia finished with courage and heart.

3.  Texas A&M – The Team Nobody Wants to Play
The juggernaut that is Texas A&M is driven through the arms and legs of Johnny Football.  Arguably the scariest football team in America, Texas A&M (home of the 12th man) reminds me of the 2007 Georgia Bulldogs…that just got stronger and stronger as the year wore on.  Texas A&M is a legitimate contender for not only the best team in the SEC, but in the nation.  Accolades aside however, Texas A&M is not as deep across the board as its SEC brethren.  It will be interesting to see if SEC opponents next year seek to mitigate Johnny Manziel, and thereby render Texas A&M an emperor with no clothes.

Now a Jet, but I never get tired of this.

4.  Florida – Great Team, Suspect Offense
They are not as good as many think.  Love the team spirit. Love the defense. But, alas, the Gators are a team with gaping holes, most notably on the offense.

Expect them to get better with time, and if their rapid seemingly exponential rise continues next year, then watch out.

5.  LSU Tigers – Coulda Been a Contender
This year LSU seemed to be the Georgia of the recent past.  Hard-fought games ending in losses.  Good team with loads of respect, but how much could have been different with the Honey Badger in play?  Their quarterback is young, and played like it (with the stunning exception of the Alabama game).  Speaking of the Alabama game, I believe LSU clearly outplayed Bama in that one.  Right now (and it will change) we must realize that while Alabama is talented and well-coached…they are also very very lucky (two years running).  Watch out for LSU moving forward.

6.  South Carolina Gamecocks – Paradise Lost (Year after Year)
Man, I am starting to hate these guys.  Their coach (who I try to like for his curmudgeonly ways) gets whinier and more petty each year.  Their fans are a bunch of unrealistic hillbillies.  It doesn’t help that UGA has recently found new and interesting ways to lose to this bunch.  But that team…injuries hurt them, and Marcus Lattimore is a badass.  Further, I think Spurrier is making a huge mistake by not appointing Conner Shaw permanent starting quarterback until he graduates…great player undermined by his coach.

To Be A Georgia Bulldog

We are accused of being endlessly optimistic. We are labeled as unreasonably proud, considering our lack of national championships during a decade when seemingly every SEC program has (at least) one of those crystal footballs. We are proclaimed as arrogant, normally with a remark that ‘yes, but (pick one: LSU, AL, AU, TENN, FLA) are worse.’ In a world where everyone can easily voice an opinion via the web, tweeterverse, blogging, and of course, countless forums and discussion forums, what is a Georgia Bulldog fan to do? Ignore them all, I say.

Our Strength Is Our Commitment
I used to marvel at my Mississippi State friends for their optimistic cow bell clanging. South Carolina fans (I have only one friend who is USC alum, and I keep his heritage secret…for his sake) were/are endlessly optimistic. Yet, as the years roll on, I realize that to be a Dawg is also to persevere…to endure…yes, to stay the course.  I believe (and I have wavered on this point) that we have the right coach, so long as his heart remains in the hunt.  I believe our teams play their hearts out.  I believe, and truthfully, I have no other choice.  We may view the summit of our goal…tantalizingly close yet blocked by Saban or Spurrier, but the true journey is the journey itself.  Each and every one of us, whether we speak of college football or life must stay the course.  We only lose when we quit.

To be a Georgia Bulldog is to keep climbing the mountain – keep knocking on the door.  I am so proud of these 2012 Georgia Bulldogs. They believed in themselves when nobody else did…and now?  Well…if you want more from this bunch of Dawgs, then you should fly a different flag, my friend.

Dawg Forever: 2012 SEC Championship – Georgia-Alabama

End of the road…for now.

Mythic Battle
By now, the ending is clear, 32-28 in favor of Alabama.  It seems every third article I read following the battle for the 2012 SEC Championship called it a ‘game for the ages’.  I am bound to agree, and what a wondrous, magical football game it was.  Right before the nation’s eyes, football played by the toughest conference was elevated for three four glorious hours into something mythic.  At the end, how could one not just stare wide-eyed at the gift bequeathed to football fans by the University of Georgia and University of Alabama football teams?  To describe the action is pointless…if you haven’t seen the game, go watch it.  If you have seen the game, then you know of what I speak firsthand.

Georgia/Alabama – Heart of a Lion
Whatever we say about one team must be said of the other.  Resilience. Character. Courage. Grace Under Pressure.  All this and more is referential, and of which team do we speak?  Both teams, of course.  Aaron Murray can win the big game…I always believed this, as it is clear Murray’s troubles are due to a young offensive line more than lack of heart or ability.  To describe Murray or Richt as ‘not. being. able. to. win. the. big. one.’ is unfair in a league as uncompromising as the SEC.  Do you believe Mark Richt has lost his passion?  Then consider that while you and I woke up Sunday to most likely recover from the previous evening’s affairs, Mark Richt and his coaching staff were visiting recruits…one day after the biggest game of the year.  Non-believers check out this AJC story on the subject of Mark Richt’s sunday.

I Remember 1980
I was fourteen the year Georgia last won a national championship.  All I recall of that game was Larry Munson’s gravelly voice and that I cried the day Georgia won against Notre Dame for the national championship.  From where those unexpected tears flowed I did not know, but after a lifetime, I suspect that I understood, even then, that life rarely follows the easy path. For a moment, the promises made by my elders were fulfilled, as I watched my favorite team win it all.

For the first time in thirty years, this past saturday I cried again (twice), sobs really.  I don’t know why I care so much, but I do.  The SEC is tradition and it is rivalry and it is in our roots, our heritage.  Did I shed these tears out of sorrow you may wonder.  Heartbreak perhaps?

No…those were tears of pride my friend.  Play like a champion.

Georgia – Alabama: Mark Richt Versus Nick Saban

mark_richt_nick_saban It May Have Been Easier For Georgia to Beat an Undefeated Alabama Team
A few weeks ago, we discussed what Georgia must do to win the SEC Championship against Alabama. Texas A&M’s upset victory over Alabama may have made things even more difficult for Georgia, because it served as a wake-up call for the Crimson Tide and their head coach, Nick Saban.

According to Sporting News, when he was asked what Alabama needed to do to rebound from their first loss Saban stoically observed, “Everybody needs to recommit themselves to playing better, being a little more consistent.”  Prior to Alabama’s setback against the Aggies maybe coach Saban was getting a little complacent. There was a possibility that a perfect Alabama team could overlook a Georgia squad that has underachieved for the better part of the last four years.

Georgia Versus Alabama for Southeastern Conference Supremacy
The luxury of looking ahead no longer exists for Alabama.  The Tide rolled over Western Carolina, and took out the trash against Auburn, giving Gene Chizik a 49-0 beating that landed him in the unemployment line. Now, Alabama turns their full attention to Bulldog Nation and the collision at the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs must play their best game of the season to hand an angry one loss Alabama team a second defeat, because for the first time in 2012 Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide will have something to prove.

Mark Richt is 2-3 Against Nick Saban
Mark Richt has two victories over Nick Saban in his career. Conversely, Nick Saban has handed Mark Richt three defeats in his time at Georgia. To help Bulldog Nation visualize a win over the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend, we go back in time to 2007 which is  the last time that Georgia tamed the Tide. Nick Saban was in his first year at Alabama, and Mark Richt looked much younger with a stylish tan. Matt Stafford was a hotshot sophomore quarterback with a big arm, which paid dividends for the Dawgs in this particular encounter.

Georgia Will Need Big Plays to Overcome the Crimson Tide
With the game tied at 20 and headed to overtime, Georgia won the coin toss and went on defense to start the extra period. After an Alabama field goal, Georgia needed just one play to win the Southeastern Conference battle. Matt Stafford hit wide receiver Mikey Henderson to give the Bulldogs a 26-23 win over Bama. Aaron Murray may need similar heroics come Saturday, but this highlight is a cherished memory for Georgia faithful.



Georgia Versus Georgia Tech: 2012 Regular Season Finale

georgia_georgia_techThe Stakes Are High for Georgia Against Georgia Tech
Rivalry week is the focal point for Bulldog Nation as we head into the final Saturday of the regular season. Expectations are sky high in Athens, following two unlikely upsets. As a result of Kansas State and Oregon losing, Georgia is once again in the thick of the 2012 national championship picture.

Georgia Tech Will Play for the ACC Championship
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets venture between the hedges this Saturday with a lot to gain and very little to lose, so I can only hope that the Dawgs do not overlook the Rambling Wreck as the showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide looms large. For their part, Tech had something to celebrate this past weekend as well—The Jackets clinched the ACC Costal as a result of Miami forfeiting their postseason chances.

Georgia Tech’s Defense is Terrible
Despite winning their division, Rambling Wreck is an apt description for the way Georgia Tech has played during the 2012 campaign. Tech’s offense rambles down the field and then the defense wrecks everything by giving up a ton of points. In week four against Miami, Georgia Tech climbed out of a 19-0 hole to gain a 36-19 advantage against the Hurricanes. However, the Yellow Jackets proceeded to blow a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter before losing to the Hurricanes in overtime.

Georgia Tech averages 39 points per game on offense. However, they give up 30 points per game. The result is a track meet. Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 68-50 a couple of weeks ago in the highest-scoring game in ACC history. As long as Georgia does not get bit by the turnover bug, Georgia should be able to swat the Yellow Jackets. Bulldog head coach Mark Richt is 10-1 against Georgia Tech and 3-1 against Paul Johnson. The Bulldogs are familiar with the option after playing against Georgia Southern this past weekend, so Georgia should be primed for a strong performance in the final game at Sanford Stadium this year.

Georgia Tech Would Love to Ruin Georgia’s Season
Paul Johnson is a man in need of a signature win. Raining all over Georgia’s SEC Championship parade would certainly be enough for Tech fans to forget the ups and downs of this season. The Dawgs must be aware of every possible fake and trick play, because Tech pulling off an upset in this chapter of “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” would catapult the UGA-GT rivalry into a new stratosphere. For what it’s worth, such a result would probably also translate into a busy day downtown for Athens police. Remember, college football preaches sportsmanship, folks.

Georgia Has to Capitalize on Their National Championship Opportunity
Gloom and doom possibilities aside, I expect the Bulldogs to maul the Yellow Jackets on Saturday. The opportunity currently in front of Bulldog Nation is too great to squander at this point in the journey. If Mark Richt is going to be the man to lead Georgia to the Promised Land, Georgia must treat these final three games as a playoff. The first round begins at noon on Saturday.

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Coach Richt is ready to prove he can win a national title without Bobby Bowden.

What Does Georgia Need to do to Beat Alabama?

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The Dawgs will battle the Tide for Southeastern Conference supremacy.

Georgia Plays Alabama for the 2012 SEC Championship
Following the upset heard ‘round the college football world against Johnny Manziel and the Aggies of Texas A&M, the Alabama Crimson Tide are expected to put the Auburn Tigers out of their Southeastern Conference misery on November 24 to clinch the SEC West. Conversely, the Georgia Bulldogs dominated the aforementioned Tigers by a final count of 38-0 this past weekend. The victory earned Bulldog Nation a trip to the Georgia Dome to represent the East in the SEC title game for the second straight year.

The Bulldogs Are Not Satisfied With Just Winning the SEC East
Alabama will finish the regular season with a record of 11-1 when they punch their ticket to Atlanta. Led by head coach and master motivator Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide will be hell bent on making the strongest possible case to defend their national championship crown.  Meanwhile, Bulldog Nation is determined to attack the wounded Tide, and secure a spot in a Bowl Championship Series game.  Let us examine what Georgia must do to catch Alabama coming in, as opposed to trying to hang on to the Crimson Tide when they are rolling out.

Avoiding Turnovers Will be Critical for Georgia
For Georgia to have a chance to defeat Alabama, the Dawgs must avoid turning the ball over. In the 2011 SEC Championship against LSU, Georgia doomed themselves by committing three costly giveaways, along with errors on special teams that translated to easy points for the Tigers. Alabama is the top ranked one loss team in the country for a reason, and the Bulldogs must avoid giving the talented Tide football team easy scores.



Georgia Has to Protect Quarterback Aaron Murray
Less than two weeks ago, the Bulldogs gave up five sacks in the first half against Ole Miss. No slight against the Rebels, but if Ole miss found a way to exploit Georgia’s offensive line, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and company will be frothing at the mouth at the chance to hit the UGA signal caller early and often.

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The offensive line must be stout against Alabama.

UGA Needs to Be Balanced on Offense to Keep Alabama Guessing
Texas A&M was able to defeat Alabama as a result of mixing up run and pass play calls. The Aggies had 253 passing yards, and over 150 yards on the ground. Aaron Murray is not quite as mobile as Johnny Manziel but he can certainly move around well enough to avoid being a sitting target. Furthermore:

  • The Bulldogs must avoid negative plays on offense. If Alabama’s aggressive defense can force Georgia to be one dimensional it will be a long game for Bulldog Nation.
  • Todd Gurley must lead the Georgia rushing attack by being physical and picking up critical yards after contact.
  • Aaron Murray must make all the right decisions with the football. Stephen Garcia is the last quarterback from the SEC East to defeat Alabama, as the South Carolina Gamecocks knocked off the Tide in October of 2010. Garcia completed 17 out of 20 passes for 201 yards in that contest. Those would be ideal numbers for the UGA QB to duplicate.
  • Georgia must keep drives alive by converting on third down. Texas A&M was 11 out of 18 on third-down conversions.
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Jarvis Jones is saving his best for the Crimson Tide.

Defense is Essential to Georgia’s Success
Jarvis Jones is the heartbeat of a Georgia defensive unit that appears to be peaking at the right timeJarvis Jones must lead the Georgia defense and wreak havoc against the Tide.  A dominant performance from Jones will give other players the opportunity to put pressure on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. In addition:

  • No big plays. UGA’s defense needs to make Alabama go the length of the football field.
  • The Bulldog defense must cause as many three-and-outs as possible so that they are able to finish Alabama in the second half.
  • It is critical that Georgia forces A.J. McCarron to beat them throwing the football. When Alabama has to pass, they suddenly become a predictable football team. This observation is not questioning the talent of the Alabama QB, but the Bulldogs will increase their chance to win if Alabama has to abandon their potent running game.

A Win for the Bulldogs Over Alabama is Critical to the Future of Georgia Football Regardless of the Bowl Championship Series rankings, the Georgia Bulldogs have to beat Alabama to legitimize themselves as a championship contender. Consider this: Georgia’s signature win thus far in 2012 is beating a Florida team that nearly lost to Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend at the swamp. The Bulldogs do not need to try to impersonate Texas A&M, but they must be victorious in Atlanta. 

Alabama Losing is Not Good For the SEC’s National Championship Streak

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The phenom nicknamed “Johnny Football” has taken college football by storm.

Alabama Finally Falls
It is safe to assume that nearly every college football fan located outside of Alabama enjoyed watching the Crimson Tide taste defeat this past weekend. After two months of dominating the competition, Alabama has appeared uncharacteristically vulnerable for the past couple weeks. The Texas A&M Aggies utilized a near-flawless effort from their fantastic freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, along with timely defense to stun the Crimson Tide by a final score of 29-24. In all likelihood, the victory by Texas A&M on the road in Tuscaloosa will be remembered as the biggest college football story of 2012.

Kansas State Versus Oregon For the National Championship?
Now that the college football world has recovered from the hangover of this exciting upset, the reality of what is left cannot be very pleasing to supporters of the Southeastern Conference. If the season ended today, the national championship game would feature the Kansas State Wildcats against the Oregon Ducks. The prospect of the fighting Collin Kleins taking on the quack attack of Oregon may appeal to other parts of the country, but it would be a hard pill to swallow here in Dixie.

The SEC Needs a Lot of Help to Compete For a Seventh Straight BCS Title
Fans of the SEC must root for both Kansas State and Notre Dame to lose. Oregon is exempt from this jinx because the Ducks have a good track record in Bowl Championship Series games. If Notre Dame and Kansas State both stumble, the SEC Championship Game becomes a winner-take-all war between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide for the remaining spot in the BCS title game.

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The SEC has been home for the BCS trophy since 2006.

There is Not a Southeastern Conference Bias in College Football
I freely admit being a Southeastern Conference homer. I have enjoyed watching the SEC dominate college football for the better part of the past decade. With that said, perhaps I should accept the fact that the Southeastern Conference dynasty may have an off-year. After all, the rest of America had to sit through a Southeastern Conference-only national championship game this past January. It would be fitting to some fans if the SEC is denied the opportunity to compete for a seventh national championship in a row after the Southeastern Conference hogged both spots in the title game last season.

Notre Dame Undefeated in 2012: A Sign of the Apocalypse?


The 2012 Doomsday Phenomenon

For the past few years, there has been a doomsday theory associated with the year 2012. This belief has to do with the Mayan calendar, but I have never been interested in the specifics, because I threw it into my mental junk pile along with Y2K, the existence of aliens, and the Loch Ness monster. The idea that the end of days is near had not crossed my mind at all until Notre Dame entered week ten of the college football season without a loss. Surely this is a sign that the apocalypse is indeed upon us.

This will be Brian Kelly’s expression if an undefeated Fighting Irish squad does not play for the national title.

Brian Kelly: Red Faced Bringer of Armageddon
If ever there were a face to signal the end of days, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s mug is certainly a perfect fit. Kelly is often beet red and screaming at his quarterback, placing the blame for an offensive miscue squarely in the lap of the signal caller. Brian Kelly has been throwing fits at his players long before he arrived in South Bend, as his success in Cincinnati was fraught with bulging eyeballs as well

Is Notre Dame’s Perfect Record an Aberration or a Trend?
Despite the satirical nature of this article, Brian Kelly has earned his reputation as a great football coach. Even so, the University of Notre Dame must have continued success and win a Bowl Championship Series game to prove that they are truly a national power once again. If the Fighting Irish do find their way into the national championship game on January 7, 2013, I might very well be seeking the safest shelter possible. That is unless of course the Georgia Bulldogs oppose the Fighting Irish on that night. In which case, I will be barking too loud to worry about the end of the world.