Signs your team might be better than you think

At 17 TDs in 19 attempts, Notre Dame’s offense is currently fourth in the country in red zone touchdown percentage.  The two misses came against Georgia.

The Dawgs are twentieth defensively in that category, at 40%.  There are two things to say about that.  First, while you may like that ranking to be higher, considering where they finished last season, that’s one helluva lot of improvement.  Second, that win in South Bend is looking better and better.  We may have to say plenty of nice things about the Irish as the season rolls on.

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29 responses to “Signs your team might be better than you think

  1. Of the 4 TDs, 2 occurred in garbage time against App State and Samford and 2 against the starters (1 vs ND and Samford). I’ll take 25% with the starters all year long. Teams have only gotten into the red zone 8 times in 4 games against our starters. I’ll take that all season long. This shows the power of our special teams as well. We’re forcing teams to drive the length of the field. Good stuff, Tucker. Keep it up.

    #BeatTennessee

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  2. ElectroM

    Beating Notre Dame on the road, in South Bend, speaks for itself. While the statistics can be interesting, this was a much needed accomplishment for the Georgia team. It was a great confidence builder, in front of a prime time national audience.

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  3. Biggus Rickus

    Huh. Duke is allowing one red zone trip a game against a not absolutely terrible schedule. That’s nuts. Anyway, yeah, Georgia’s red zone improvement is as welcome as it was expected.

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  4. 3rdandGrantham

    I said after the ND game that, while I thought their OL (mainly LT) was a bit overrated, they would go on to a 9 win season; possibly 10. Overall I was impressed with them and felt they would really help our resume later in the year. Of course, all summer and during the preseason I had us pegged at 11 wins with a loss to ND, so we very well might end up with 12 after the bowl game.

    I know its a small sample size, but ND is running all over everyone. The fact that we held them to 70 yards or whatever rushing is unbelievably impressive.

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    • 55 yards … just beautiful, and yes, McGlinchy is overrated. Bellamy made him look very B1G-gish … in other words, slow.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        As a compliment to Bellamy and our D, an NFL scout said McGlinchy still is a 1st rounder, as even the best OL get beat on occasion. More so, he said both Carter and Bellamy are simply really good and possible 1st rounders themselves, so basically there’s nothing for mcGlinchy to be ashamed of.

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        • I don’t deny that. I would suspect he may be more of a guard prospect than a tackle at the next level because he had trouble all night creating an edge in the running game or holding off elite speed rushers. Even Walter Grant (who may be the next Leonard Floyd type player) beat him.

          Our bookends have made themselves some money by coming back … and they seem to be having fun.

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          • 3rdandGrantham

            “Seem to be having fun”…that’s the biggest difference I’ve noticed between this years team and teams of previous years – guys really seem to be enjoying themselves out there, whereas the body language of past teams looked like playing the game was more of a chore than a fun sport.

            I notice several UT fans have commented the same over the past few days, saying they wish the UT players would have as much fun as UGA players. One so-called top contributor on volnation said Smart is building a monster of a program that CMR could only dream of, and went on to say the overall energy unfortunately reminds him of Bama.

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            • I can definitely see that. We saw it in fits and starts over the last 10 years or so (end of ’07, early ’08, late ’12 and early ’13). Hopefully, the team can keep playing with an edge and have fun at the same time. Guys seem to be genuinely happy for their teammates when they make a play … Bellamy and Carter have been a big part of that.

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  5. Derek

    The fact that ND may be the best team on our schedule is a sad commentary on the sorry state of this conference.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      They may well be the best, but the ‘luck o’ the Irish’ ain’t nothin compared to the luck of Malzahn and McElwain.

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    • Uglydawg

      Agree..but wasn’t there a story recently about UGA having the strongest strength of schedule in the country?

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      • Derek

        That’s a comment on the fact that the east, save Missouri, is full of capable teams. I don’t think the sec has a bunch of pushovers but we’ve got one great team, a good team a bunch of better than average teams and a handful of bad teams. I’m used to the sec having the 4 teams in the top ten, not the big ten. It’s an embarrassment in my view.

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  6. Uglydawg

    “We may have to say plenty of nice things about the Irish as the season rolls on”. Like going to the dentist. Or getting the old finger wave from your doc. It’s unpleasant, but for your own good.

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  7. Greg

    Can see ND winning out…don’t “want no rematch”.

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    • Derek

      This is what we’ve got to say to ND:

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    • Russ

      I’d love a rematch with them. They didn’t see anything like our offense has become, and our defense is playing much more disciplined. We’d win by two touchdowns.

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      • Greg

        Maybe, just think it is harder the second time around. Also, beat them once…already proved we were better the first time. Don’t want to prove it again. We keep playing the way we are playing, could end up being one of the final 4 teams.

        Fromm makes the team look entirely different, OL, RB, recievers all look better…even Chaney looks like a genius. I know..I know, SEC championship game is another story. But even with a loss….who knows. The team is clicking…

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        • Macallanlover

          Ain’t conceding a game to anyone. This defense makes every game a chance to win. Lot of challenges to go, but this team is improving. Stay focused, avoid injuries, and we can win the SEC.

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          • Mayor

            Yep. Plus if we win all our regular season games but lose the SECCG to Bama in a close game I’m betting we still get into the playoff. A 12-1 team? Obviously that would depend on how the champions of the other Poer5 conferences did but if those guys are worse than 12-1……,

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  8. Bill M

    Count me as a huge ND fan the rest of the season. GO Irish!

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  9. sUGArdaddy

    I thought immediately that was 2 pretty good teams that played in South Bend. Couldn’t see how anyone saw it any differently.

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  10. Tronan

    I think ND is a decent team, but I’m not sure yet if it’s a really good one. I’m not Dawg-grading, either. The one apparently good team ND has played is UGA and, frankly, we should have won that game by at least a TD. They did beat the doors off Sparty this past Saturday, but Michigan State is not good – 3-9 last year and not looking much better this season.

    ND plays (a maybe good) NC State, USC, and (a maybe not so good) Stanford later in the season. Those are the only games on their schedule that look like potential challenges. If they win two of the three (and the other games they should win), then I’ll be willing to concede that they are, in fact, good. (And I really hope they are because it’ll probably mean UGA is as good as we hope.)

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  11. AusDawg85

    I’m perfectly fine with the Irish taking another loss this season. I don’t want them ever sniffing the playoffs, and I sure don’t want a one loss ND jumping a 1 loss (in 13 games) UGA team if we were to lose the SECCG to Bama. That would be so Georgia of us.

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    • 1smartdude

      It would also be likely. The committee has shown they can get over an early season loss. You might even get in without playing in the conference title game with an early loss but if you play in the SEC title game and lose, you’re most likely toast. Providing 3 of the other 4 conferences(or ND) can offer up a reasonable candidate, of course.

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  12. Screw Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. How is that for nice?

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  13. waterloodawg

    Special team helps here too as other teams have to go the length of the field.

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