Sth Bend, IN 2008 college football thread

Discussion in 'Mid West Regional Discussion' started by TAUNTAUN_WE, Jul 6, 2008.

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  1. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    I know it's only July, but college football is my favorite sport by far and I'm really anxious for the season to begin. Although VIO is MIA, I will bravely carry the MSU flag around the board this year.

    So here's a news item to get things started - the national media has picked up on a Blue & Gold Illustrated article from last week that said:

    ...Weis is privately projecting anywhere from nine to 12 victories this year. And yes, a 12-1 mark would equal the biggest turnaround (+8.5 games by Hawaii from 1998-99) in major college football history. But given the schedule, it?s not unrealistic. The only regular-season game in which Notre Dame figures to be a serious underdog is the finale at USC, so Weis could conceivably have an 11-0 team heading out there if everything comes together.


    o_O

    I must admit, the schedule doesn't look that bad on paper, but...c'mon.

    09/06 SAN DIEGO STATE
    09/13 MICHIGAN
    09/20 at Michigan State
    09/27 PURDUE
    10/04 STANFORD
    10/11 at North Carolina
    10/25 at Washington
    11/01 PITT
    11/08 at Boston College
    11/15 at Navy
    11/22 SYRACUSE
    11/29 USC
  2. garbagge59 Force Ghost

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    is weis supposed to say "we should have a win well before game 10 this year"?
  3. Xmaveric Force Ghost

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    Yeah, I think that either:
    1. this mysterious quote is false
    2. it is Weis' New Jersey confidence/cockiness
    3. it is false hope from a guy who knows he will be fired if he has another season like the last
  4. ToneLoc Jedi Master

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    I just hope for 7 wins, that would be nice. It should be interesting to see how much the new talent will come in play with the season. There are a lot of stud players coming in on the freshman year that could make a major impact (Floyd).

    Secondly, if we had 11 wins this year, it would be a miracle.

    GO IRISH.
  5. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    It will be interesting to see what happens if they end up with only 4-5 wins, especially if they get off to a slow start. Might be especially dangerous for Weis with a new AD coming in.
  6. ToneLoc Jedi Master

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    Remember, if the fire the guy, and then ND would have to buy out a large contract!!!


  7. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    :oops:

    That's right, I forgot about that big contract extension. Oh well, it's only money, right? And what else would they do with it, increase the budget of the university's IT dept? :D

    These big programs are so fickle, none of them have any patience for "down years" anymore. The media always talks about the unrealistic expectations at ND (national championship every year or bust), but it's getting to be like that everywhere now. You'd have to be crazy to want to be a coach; there's no job security and no room for error. Although I suppose most of these guys have the egos to override that (you'd have to).

  8. ToneLoc Jedi Master

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    If Notre Dame loses one game, and then the Championship is over.
  9. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    Cute little feature on ESPN - ranking the 25 toughest college stadiums, based on EA Sports' upcoming NCAA Football '09 game. Good eye candy; the stadiums look awesome.

    ND is 15th; MSU is not ranked :_|



  10. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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  11. ToneLoc Jedi Master

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    That was sad to hear.


  12. garbagge59 Force Ghost

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    packer never kissed izzo's butt. you probably also think he was biased against msu?
  13. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    [face_laugh]

    Couldn't say...I haven't watched much of the men's tourney for the last few years, particularly the Final Four, mainly because of Packer. I'll tell you who I do like - Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. Al Maguire was awesome, too.

    Funny I got off track on this subject just before the MLB All-Star game. The home run derby was fun to watch (mostly) but Chris Berman is just too much. I just cannot stand his act, fortunately he's not a significant part of college football.
  14. ToneLoc Jedi Master

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    Keith Jackson was awesome..


  15. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    Indeed, loved him with Bob Griese on ABC. One of the best.
  16. garbagge59 Force Ghost

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    dude, enough already
  17. CarboniteHan Jedi Grand Master

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    I predict a big stomp on by the Irish on the 9/20 game. Crush'em they will!


    Go Irish!


    (That should hopefully stir the pot.)
  18. ToneLoc Jedi Master

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    I am ready to go to the game this weekend.
  19. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    In the absence of VIO, I guess it's up to me to carry the MSU flag around here. A minor setback to Cal last weekend, but tune-ups against the Eagles and Owls the next two weeks will have the Spartans flying high and primed for another win against the Irish. Unfortunately, since the game is in E. Lansing this year, MSU won't be able to add to their winning streak at Spartan Stadium South (=ND Stadium).


    stir, stir, stir [face_dancing]
  20. Xmaveric Force Ghost

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    *burns the flag and the pot*


    MSU will burn to the ground.
  21. MusicTrooper Force Ghost

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    speaking of

    stir stir stir:)

    and I am not a big sports fan (big SW fan instead[face_laugh]

    The current BIG TEN standings have IU in first place (by some miracle)

    GO IU

    http://www.bigtennetwork.com/sports/football/BigTenstandings.asp


    I think IU plays Michigan? Yes? No?
  22. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    IU plays my beloved Michigan State Spartans this season but not the Univ of Michigan, which is too bad because that would have been a win for the Hoosiers. :D

    They also have a late season game against a MAC team (Central Michigan). I don't recall other Big Ten teams playing a team from the MAC so late in the season, although I think others (not all) are doing so this year.

    August 30 - Western Kentucky
    September 6 - Murray State
    September 20 - Ball State
    September 27 - Michigan State
    October 4 - at Minnesota
    October 11 - Iowa
    October 18 - at No. 24 Illinois
    October 25 - Northwestern
    November 1 - Central Michigan
    November 8 - No. 11 Wisconsin
    November 15 - at No. 19 Penn State
    November 22 - at Purdue
  23. ToneLoc Jedi Master

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    The Hoosiers has a good season last year. Don't be surprised if IU goes to a bowl again.


  24. TAUNTAUN_WE Force Ghost

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    I think that's reasonable. And it's always good to see Big Ten teams do well; I get sick of always hearing about how great the SEC is.
  25. Xmaveric Force Ghost

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    A sloppy win for the Irish yesterday, but I'll take it. Bring on Michigan!
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