I think we all need to forget about how terrible this exercise went last week. Despite just about all of us knowing the trap game was upon us, we drank the green koolaid and put on our blue and gold glasses. The result: only four people called the spread correctly (and one was Biscuit who did this exercise TWO MONTHS AGO). Only one person got both the spread and the over/under total correct. For the first time all season, zero got a combination of the spread, total, and prop.
Much like all the turnovers, time to forget that week and move on.
Before we do, we need to get to my favorite prediction notes of the week as well as make sure you have the form to enter your predictions for this week’s affair. Because I’m a generous purveyor of predictions, this week everyone that made this cut gets a bonus point.
This is the prototype for the letdown/look ahead sandwich, but with as bad as their D is, and the O probably wanting to rebound from the last 2 weeks, f it, let’s get weird. #BEATEMDOWN – NDEddieMac
Man, you had the sandwich dead on, as well as the terrible defense. We did get weird, but not in the way your 49-17 prediction had it. However, you weren’t the only one that missed the mark, so I can’t hold that against you.
Score is closer than the game actually is. Irish dominate yardage and running game starts to show some signs of life. Still some turnover issues though which will give NC enough short yardage opportunities to score against us. NC backdoor covers near the end. – @NDClock
The only thing that you missed was the yardage domination and the timing of the cover. Everything else, pretty much dead on.
I like pancakes – AmnMontalbano
I mean, I can’t not include this, right?
According to reputable source Wikipedia the exact etymology of the term tar heel is unknown. There are were multiple historical explanations provided ranging from the tall trees and plants that left the ground sticky with tar and sap (somewhat possible?) to them being known as the most loyal soldiers in the Civil War by “sticking to their duties like they had tar on their heels.”
These are wrong. The Tar Heel nickname was actually a prediction…a prophecy…a premonition of the game this Saturday. The Irish will make UNC look so slow that the only logical explanation will be that UNC’s players must have tar on their heels. Wikipedia page to be updated once the prophecy comes true. – @IrishMoonJ
tl;dr, take your point.
Running game finally takes over and one of the backs break a 50+ td run. Also, Elijah hood is mentioned as former nd commit 47 times. #rolltoilet #neverforget – egvvnd
Bringing up #RollToilet alone would’ve gotten you the point. Made me so sad when he decommitted because I wanted to make that my #YESSIR or #WeAreND to celebrate commits since I can’t mention them by name. Stupid booster rules.
|The Nature Boy||6|
Bonus points this week:
- Everyone quoted above: 1 point
- Biscuit, for being one of the few to get the spread and doing it two months in advance: 2 points for the 2 leprechaun confidence.
|Name||Winner||Score||Prop: More tunrovers, Golson or Winston?||Notes|
|Bayou Irish||Notre Dame||31-24||Everett Golson||It's 2012 all over again. Or 1993. See the score? Fact of the matter is that BK and Everett have a knack for playing up (and down) to the moment, except for maybe the NCG. But setting 'bama aside, we went in to Sparta and burned the place down and then did the same in Norman. This game is going to be about weathering the storm. The storm of media attention and the storm of the Seminole offense. If the Irish lines hold and if EG kicks the turnover bug, the Noles will start to panic and in-fight.|
|Irish Elvis||Notre Dame||27-21||Everett Golson||Here's what I can tell you: ND will lead 27-21, FSU will have the last possession and will be driving for the final score…and what comes next is lost in the fog of the future. Send whsikey.|
|Hls_whisky||Florida State||30-38||Everett Golson||This will be painful to watch as we'll look back on team mistakes costing the game for Notre Dame|
|SupermanTDJesus||Notre Dame||28-20||Jameis Winston||I'm gonna be so drunk and excited at this game, that its a win NO MATTER WHAT!|
|Biscuit||Florida State||17-30||Whoooaaa-whoa-whooooooa. Whooaaaa, whoooooa….YOU SUCK!
Okay, so no, they don’t suck. But the freaking 1-chant-only thing, much like USC, does. FSU is legit, and they’ll still be legit when this battle kicks off. ND has plowed through a pretty challenging schedule and has come out largely unscathed, but FSU is rolling through a weak schedule by comparison (playing OK State, Citadel, NC State with only Clemson a legit contender) and feeling good. I would love to call an upset here, but I don’t think we’re there yet, and FSU is just reaching the pinnacle of their turnaround.
ND isn’t back to this level yet. But we’ll get there.
|NDtex||Notre Dame||34-24||Jameis Winston||As Moons pointed out earlier today, Florida State is terrible at holding on to the ball. For me, that's what this game all comes down to: turnovers.
Winston has more more INT than Golson despite playing in one less game. When I watched him at the title game last year, he looked like a dear in the highlights when he got sacked. This FSU O-Line isn't living up to that same performance from last year so I'm expecting Winston to cough it up.
As for Golson, I think he has another gear in big games. In 2012, he had two huge games on the road (Oklahoma and USC) and was perfect. Against Alabama, he had only one turnover and that was in the second half when the game was all but over.
I think we see this second gear from Golson and both him and the Irish run a clean sheet leading to the huge victory in Tallahassee.
Here we go again…
So my cat, Gulliver, has been doing this game picking thing and hasn’t gone a great job at picking winners. He’s 1-5 straight up, with the lone Notre Dame pick coming against Michigan. I figured, hey, maybe he’s going for the spread, but he’s 3-3 there. So, I’m convinced he’s trolling me.
Let’s see what he doesn’t this week.
Wait…WHAT?! OH HO HO!
Well, let’s forget about the small sample size and mention that when Gulliver picks the Irish, the other team never scores. SCIENCE!