At 3-1, with consecutive resounding road wins over rivals, there is little to complain about if you are a Notre Dame fan. The passing game showed signs of progress on Saturday, which is something I suggested previously was critical if the Irish expect to keep winning. While it’s still a work in progress, for now, I’m checking the box that the passing game is on the uptick.
Considering that Saturday is a very winnable game against Miami of Ohio (though the Irish could be on upset alert if they look ahead), I should be pretty happy.
But despite all of this, I came away from the game Saturday night slightly annoyed. This was not a result of Notre Dame’s play, but rather the two things I hate most right now in college football: targeting and instant replay. The big hit on Torii Hunter Jr. in Texas last year was awful. No Penalty, no targeting call, no review, nothing. Hunter as most will recall, sustained a concussion which played a large role in his decision to give up football to pursue a career in Major League Baseball.
Fast forward to Saturday night, and we have Chris Frey’s hit on Brandon Wimbush. He had already left his feet as Wimbush went down, and then Frey tucked his head to clearly spear Wimbush in the back and helmet.
— Boba Bettis (@CBusIrish) September 24, 2017
In my opinion, it was one of the dirtiest hits I’ve seen in recent memory. Not to mention he could have seriously hurt Wimbush or broken his own neck in the process. If referees are not going to enforce the rule, then they should get rid of it.
While I’m at it, they can get rid of instant replay too. It takes forever, and there are simply too many plays that are reviewed. I know there are some who argue, “It is about getting the call correct,” but my issue is that, even with replay, they still fail to get the call right. If the NCAA insists on keeping replay, they should adopt the NFL model or something similar.
Nevertheless as the calendar moves toward October, complaining about football issues rather than the play of the Irish is a welcome change from last season.