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Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Nov 26, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

Mike Floyd high point

You can spin yourself dizzy trying to think of the different permutations that could help Notre Dame slide their way into the BCS rankings’ top 14 teams. But all of that doesn’t matter if the Irish don’t show up tonight, tasked with one of their biggest challenges on the year with Stanford and quarterback Andrew Luck.

You can make a persuasive argument for just about any outcome this evening. With America’s best quarterback and a balanced football team that has the ability to exploit Notre Dame’s weaknesses, the Irish could be in for a long night. But the Cardinal also just might be a paper lion with a very good quarterback, and even with Oregon and USC on the slate, the nation’s 102nd-toughest schedule might mean there’s still a chance that Stanford might just be overrated.

Of course, that’s why we’re here. For the final Saturday of autumn, college football rules the day. For the Irish, there’s one last opportunity to play up to their potential, pulling a nine-win season out after an inexplicable 0-2 start.

As usual, I’ll be here answering your questions, taking your bait, and talking football. Keep it clean, keep it positive and let’s see what happens.

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  1. somebadhatharry - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    heard Luck has just been given the.heisman, Nobel peace prize, Rhodes sholarship, and nomination for presidential candidate for the republican party…oh and abc is changing their name lbc…god I hate Brent musberger

  2. ndrocks2 - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    some progress in second half and with thirty days to get him ready for Florida State we shall see what we have in Hendrix. Anxious to hear the spin on how supportive Rees is, he looked a little peeved arms folded on the sidelines…

  3. newyorknd - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    The future is here. Hendrix has got to be the quarterback going forward.

  4. oxnardpat - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    I’ve been on the fence about Rees because of his record, but I’ve seen the future,and it isn’t No. 10. As for those not seeing the team’s improvement, well, I’m not sure what you’ve been watching. The execution wasn’t there in the first half, but the Irish could have easily had 10 points. In other words, the schemes were there, but Rees missed wide open receivers in the red zone, fumbled a ball he shouldn’t have just outside the red zone, Ruffer missed an easy field goal, and runs that looked like were going to be through big holes were snuffed by slips on a crappy field. This wasn’t Maryland, this was on the road against a top 5 feam with the best QB in the country. Yeah, it hurts, but it’s ridiulous to say this team isn’t further along than it was under Weiss.

    • newyorknd - Nov 27, 2011 at 12:40 AM

      I’m going to agree with this. All around, there is improvement on both sides of the ball. Not enough to make a BCS team, but I think this just illustrates how bad the team had fallen under Weiss. Kelly is not just here to give ND a little boost back to the elite. He’s rebuilding the program. As long as he shows consistent progress, I’m on board. He needs to be given time for this.

      Finally, we get to see what this offense could look like with Hendrix at QB. Running the option, gunning it down the field, running it with speed. How is a quarterback with this kind of ability not the future of ND?

  5. 700levelvet - Nov 27, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Beef O’ Brady Bowl anyone?

  6. ndtoronto - Nov 27, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Kelly let his ego get in the way in todays game….Rees should have been yanked way earlier in the game and Crist didt even get one drive to show what he can do because Kelly knows if he comes in and does well, it makes him look bad for sticking with garbage man rees the whole year. Crist is a way better passer than Rees and Hendrix at this stage of his career and down 21-0 Crist would have given the irish the best chance to come back

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