So, we’re past the apps (we got apps!) (by apps I mean the preview which you should go read first) and into the full meal. Let’s cut the shit and get at it yeah? Here are my way too early, based on not all that much predictions. Which somehow end up BEING WILDLY ACCURATE SUCK IT VEGAS.
Time for these Leprechauns to………………………………………………..
Here we go!
Texas wasn’t “Texas” last year. Still isn’t, but this is away, and they’re better than they were. And, frankly, we lost a ton. QB great, backfield great, OL decent but not better, WRs waaaaaay worse. TE the same but less depth. Kicking the same. D is likely about equal on the DL (maybe slightly lesser), LBs lesser, DBs should be better than they were but not gonna make up for the lesser crew up front. So yeah, that’s my deep analysis on the depth chart.
Back to Texas.
We’ll win. It’ll be tight through the half due to being Away, Sunday night, under the lights in TX. But we’ll pull away in the end of the 3rd, beginning of the 4th. THE SCORES WILL LIGHT, BIG AND BRIGHT, DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS.
Frosh QB? General Rebuilding for the (kind)StrongMan?
ND wins 33 – 20
Ouch, Nevada, ouch. We have this backfield and 6 of your starting front 7 have graduated? And you barely cracked .500 last year? And it’s at Notre Dame? Sorry Wolf Pack, you’re screwed.
ND Wins 40 – 14
Love your Mascot though.
Oh boy! Now we get into the meat. Sparty is back, and predicted to be pretty darn good. While ND is hovering in the 9-13ish range pre-season, Sparty is rocking their own Top 6-11ish ranking. Dantonio can coach everybody, in case you didn’t know.
Sparty is gonna bring what they bring: hard-nosed D, a good running game, a white dude that can somehow run against Notre Dame (only) and a running back that will drive us INSANE. I haven’t even looked at the depth chart and this is truth.
I don’t think we can pull this one out though. Too many key losses and Sparty is primed for a run. Blah. I hate predicting losses, but can’t find a way despite the home advantage.
ND loses 17-23
Ah, back to the smart kids. Except, Duke has learned to play football? HUH? Another good coach-that kinda-sorta worked at ND for like 7 minutes-has done a good job with the Blue Devils. But shoot, it’s not enough guys. Why? Well, last year wasn’t great against a mediocre schedule and DEVILS ARE RED NOT BLUE SHIIIIIIIIIIT.
ND wins 35-6. All TDs in this game for ND, all field goals for the Oranges.
Wait. 2 WOLF PACKS. Is this the Sequel? I gotta say, Bangkok wasn’t quite Vegas. Not sure how I feel about this.
Eh, you know what? I’m gonna call it – similar to Nevada, just less good.
ND wins 35-21.
OH YOU TREE, DAMN YOU!
I like that there’s another school that cares about academics. I like it.
I DESPISE that we let them creep into our zone. OUR ZONE. Of being legit in academics and actually good at football. We’ve been pretty even the last chunk of the series, and it’s been exciting and fun to watch and I respect them and all but DAMN YOU THAT WAS OUR BRAND POSITIONING YOU SHOULD GET YOUR OWN.
Okay, anyway, the game. It’s gonna be tough. It’s gonna be tight. It’s gonna come down to the final drive one way or the other, and you know it. It doesn’t matter about what we lost and what they lost. It doesn’t matter if it’s at night or during the day. It doesn’t matter if the The Shirt color changes every year or…WAIT YES IT DOES THAT’S THE WORST THING EVER SERIOUSLY.
Home field advantage matters though. A lot. In the last 5 meetings, the home team has won. THAT’S IT. THAT’S THE TICKET!
ND wins in the last minute, 31-30. Because LAST YEAR.
Only 1 Lep because it’s gonna be a tough, tough game.
First ever DUAL GAME SINGLE PREDICTION.
Gonna be tough. They’ll come out ready because they consider us a rival. We’ll be playing to a friendly crowd in this venue. They’ll come out trying to sink our battleship like a Hurricane but ND will be ready and will weather the storm well.
We’ll run, they’ll run. We’ll pass, they’ll pass a little.
We’ll win! ND wins both games, 24-20. (In reality, Miami should be much more of a test than Navy but that’s no fun so we’ll go with this)
See above, just holding the space so we have 12 games and I don’t get screwed up here.
Why? Well, just because Army is like Navy’s little, less capable, and perennially beaten up by them brother. And since we just beat Navy (and Miami) 24-20, well, we’ll be taking it easy. This is that game I hate because we always play down in the first half. Down in terms of energy, and down to the opponent level.
But the second half we’ll figure it out, clean it up and make it happen.
ND wins 27-13 after a 13-13 half time score.
What’s VT like after Beamer Ball has ended? Not great. But getting things figure out.
So, clearly an ND win yeah?
Nope, ACTUAL TRAP GAME.
After figuring out Army post half time, ND feels like it’s survived the trap game. But, the trap was after the trap. SHIT TWO TRAPS.
Look, seasons are weird and I don’t see this team, with all that we’ve lost, going through this gauntlet with 1 loss. And since I’ll be there I sure as hell CANNOT pick USC to beat us at the Coliseum. So, VT in the upset. F.
ND loses 24-14.
How will ND react? After being shut out of the playoff through a bad loss? Will they fold? Will they toss in the towel against their cross-country rival in the California sun/lights? Will the Irish give it up and move along, and focus on the next season? Will the Irish…FOLD?!?!?!?!
The Irish will trounce USC on this beautiful fall day, as my pops and I watch in glory and Coors Light-created buzz.
ND wins! 17-14.
This is a weird year. I did less research yet I feel about the same about the predictions. VT is outta nowhere yeah, and I’m sure you’ll say ‘that’s stupid Biscuit’ and it may be. But I don’t think we’re a 1-loss team. Yet. Next year? Yep, we can be 1 or, gasp, NO losses.
This year I feel like we’ve lost so much in the front 7 and in the WR corps that it’ll be tough to get there. And overall depth isn’t great. Honestly, we could’ve been a contender again if we’d had less attrition to the NFL. Man, it could’ve been amazing. But, still a good year at 10-2, and a chance to redeem ourselves in a top tier bowl. Because I was at Ohio State in the AZ desert and that offing sucked.
10-2 ain’t bad, should be a fun season!
GO IRISH, CRUSH EVERYONE.
AND DANCE YOU LEPS YOU DANCE DANCE DANCE!