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First look: Cody Riggs

Aug 7, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

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Outside of digging up some old game tape from Florida, it’s tough to know what to expect from Cody Riggs. On paper, his 26 starts at Florida — on one of the SEC’s best defenses — validate his reputation, part of the reason why our panel judged him the 14th best player on the Irish roster.

But he’s starting with a blank slate at Notre Dame. Something the official bio and roster take quite literally. Yet Riggs’ time in South Bend this summer and early performance at camp, make it appear that Riggs will have a fairly substantial role on the Irish defense.

The veteran defensive back will have as many jobs as he can handle, working with punt and kick returners as well as bouncing inside and out in Kerry Cooks secondary, a multifaceted weapon with both safety and cornerback skills that feels like a custom fit for Brian VanGorder’s multiple defense.

We’ll hopefully get a chance to talk with Riggs before the season starts with Media Day availability a few weeks away. But’s Jack Nolan pulled Riggs out of the cold tub at Culver Academy and got an update from the grad school transfer himself.



If you’ve got five more minutes, our friends at also took a closer look at the cornerback position, where it becomes pretty clear that this group will be playing wide receivers much more physical this season.



  1. sjb198 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I just can’t wait to see this guy play. It’s too bad he didn’t come to ND straight out of high school. Instead, he got drawn into that cesspool aka the SEC.
    This just goes to show you, it’s never too late for redemption.

  2. nudeman - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I have to share. Had a dream last night, BK addressing the media at Culver.
    First thing out of his mouth: “Tommy will be our quarterback”


    Then I woke up, switched on Morning Joe and all was OK.

    • dickasman - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Ahhhhahah. Tommmmmmmmmy. Miss him already!

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      I wouldn’t rip on old Tommy Rees after the start of the season you might be wanting him back.

    • danirish - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      If you’re watching Morning Joe you really have a reason to scream….

    • knuterocknesghost - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM


      Heard on the radio last night that Lake Forest, Illinois police arrested a man who was attempting to sexually molest the Rees family pet Labrador in the family’s backyard, and who claimed he was walking in his sleep the whole time and was suffering from a bad recurring nightmare. I see you were able to make bail. Have you considered admitting yourself to the Menninger Clinic in Houston?

      It’s so ironic what that dog’s name was reported to be. Want to make any guesses? Here’s some clues: It rhymes with “dude”, “rude”, and “crude”. Do I have to explain the irony of it all?

      • ndgoldandblue - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        wah wah waaaaaaah. No you don’t have to explain the irony, knute. You’ve explained enough. You remind me of that unfunny relative who ends every bad joke he tells with “Get it? Get it?”

      • nudeman - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Knute/getsome ,,, which one are we talking about?

        Which one did the air pushups in someone’s face after every score?
        Just asking ….

        Go Tommy!!!!!

    • getsome99 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I thought you were retiring from this board and only posting as paulhargis and johngal from now on? Empty threats and broken promises.

    • irish737788 - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      So, how bad does your boyfriend beat you? I mean I would be in a foul mood all the time if I was going to take one in the backside!

  3. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    This is PURE SEC Talent. What more could Brian K ask for but to have a top notch SEC Back playing for his 3 star mid west talented team. If ND wins 8 this year it will be because of Cody. The SEC doesn’t mess around when it comes to tough schedules and top notch talent. This will be a walk in the park for this young talented SEC player.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      dead mouse in your pocket?

      • bernhtp - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Made me lol. Don’t often see a Steinbeck reference on a football blog.

    • runners00 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Tough schedules? Dude — they play 8 SEC games.

      Pick your favorite southern state and look at their nonconference. How about Arkansas? Here is Arkansas’ non-conference:Northern Illinois; Texas Tech; UAB; Nicholls State. Don’t like Arkansas? How about Florida? Idaho; Eastern Michigan; Eastern Kentucky; Florida State. How about Georgia? Troy; Charleston Southern; Georgia Tech; Clemson.

      For sure the SEC as a whole conference is difficult but they play 8 games against conference opponents. In many cases, their non-conference opponents are cupcakes.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Look at Texas A&M – They have to play South Carolina, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Missouri. That schedule right there is harder than anything Notre Dame has to play. Even though they are playing Lamar, SMU and UL Monroe. Notre Dame has proved it can’t even beat an SEC team. But to play six of those SEC teams and win… LOL right Texas A&M will be lucky to win 3 of those six.. Thats 3 losses right there. A 8 win SEC team is better than a 10 win ND team. The SEC is a different level of football.

      • nudeman - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        JGalt, what are your thoughts on losing Brent Musberger on the premier game?
        Does that help or hurt the SEC?

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Brent Musberger is like listening to a long time share pitch or used car salesmen. Its nauseating.

      • 4horsemenrideagain - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        bagging on musberger, finally something we can all agree on.

      • domerboyirish - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        John G,

        Thanks for helping make our point. Texas A&M plays a tough SEC schedule. Those teams equate to FSU, Michigan, Stanford, USC, Arizona State and North Carolina. Then while Texas A&M is playing pathetic cupcakes, essentially taking weeks off, we have to play Navy, Syracuse, Louisville, Northwestern, Rice and Purdue. You might be able to criticize Rice (who Texas A&M also plays) and Purdue but at least they have the potential of fielding a competitive team, unlike Lamar and UL Monroe.

        “So, don’t-don’t come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you’ll never understand. And you always fear what you don’t understand.”

      • dudeacow - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        John’s words–“Notre Dame has proved it can’t even beat an SEC team.” This is a logical fallacy. Just because they haven’t beaten an SEC team doesn’t mean they can’t. Absence of evidence is not evidence for absence.

      • dudeacow - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        I hope you enjoyed my nerdy moment of the day. I certainly did. But what it implies is that since John isn’t operating under the laws of logic (or is at least arbitrarily doing so–a logical inconsistency) his entire argument is invalid and it is impossible for us to properly debate him unless we too throw out logic. However, it is impossible to debate without logic, so what really needs to happen is John needs to stop posting.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        FSU Stanford are legit top dawg teams

        Michigan, USC, Arizona State and North Carolina are mid grade but are also acceptable teams.

        Navy, Syracuse, Louisville, Northwestern, Rice and Purdue – GTFO – Are you serious about this claim…. These teams are a joke and have no chance in hell of ever beating a Good SEC team. But somehow we still show up and lose to these patsys….


        Texas A&M

        Top Dawg – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Missouri

        Mid grade – Ole Miss – Mississippi state, Arkansas

        Crapola – Lamar, Rice, SMU, Louisiana Monroe

      • irishdog80 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        I am starting to wonder if you actually follow college football or a half-wit wannabe in need of attention.

        Navy very nearly beat South Carolina at South Carolina a few years ago and pulverized Missouri in a bowl game a few years back.

        Louisville embarrassed Florida…a Top 5 team for most of 2012…in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.

        Northwestern beat Mississippi State in the 2013 Gator Bowl.

        Texas A&M had their hands full with Rice last year before putting them away in the second half.

        Syracuse beat Missouri in 2012.

        And Missouri is touting their future home and home series with Purdue as a marquee matchup for them.

        Plus you list your hallowed Trojans as “mid grade”. If you had any credibility, it’s officially gone. Too funny and ultimately sad for you.

        You’re welcome.

      • domerboyirish - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        Irishdog, thank you! I got tied up yesterday and didn’t get time to respond to his stupidity. Nicely done!

      • domerboyirish - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

        It just struck me, John G gets under my skin because he represents my least favorite type of person; someone that knows nothing BUT thinks they are smarter than everyone else.

        At moments like these I always use the following quote; “People that think they know everything really piss off those of us that do.”

    • irish737788 - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      So how long have you and nudeman been dating?

  4. jommy995 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Kills me how here in TX the A&M fans all want to talk about the SEC instead of about their team. They apparently realize that, despite the down year, they just can’t compete with the program at UT. So they try to talk at the conference level instead. As if being a junior member of Bama’s conference somehow gives them credibility.

    Seriously, if Bama fans wanna brag, they’ve got reason to. But the rest of the teams? They’ve had some good years and some bad ones just like everybody else.

    This ND fan — who hates UT, the PAC 10, and all teams from Ohio — would rank Ohio State #2 and Oregon #3 in terms of recent program success. I wish I could put A&M somewhere near that level cause I actually like em. But I can’t with a straight face. Heck, can’t even rank em on par with a disappointing ND. But go ahead and brag about conferencing up with the big boys at Bama if that’s where your self-esteem comes from. I’ve got no real problem with it.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      The SEC is top Dawg nobody can argue with the facts. Hate them all you want but at the end of the day they are always playing for a NC. Before the LHN I would have said the Big 12 was a close second. Now that UT broke apart the BIG 12 I would have to say the PAC 12 is second place. So now you have the Big Ten, Big 12 and the ACC. I think third place would have to go to BIG 12. Oklahoma has been a consistent program and come time this year Strong will have UT kicking ass again. The ACC would be next and then the Big ten. However I will say Urban is going to win big at Ohio State. Notre Dame really is a big ten team. They are a midwest power and really have no ties to the ACC whatsoever. I think Notre Dames Location is killing them and will continue to do so as time goes on.

      • danirish - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        What I find funny as a UGA graduate is that you keep using “Dawg” in your blather about the SEC.

      • ndgoldandblue - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        I was thinking the same thing, dan. john, you’re going the route of dickasman, and we don’t need another site clown. I stopped paying attention to dick’s contributions a long time ago, and something tells me (because of your frequency of posts) that indifference is a worse thing to you than dissension.

      • jommy995 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        “SEC is top Dawg” makes me laugh — but not because of the Dawg part. Cheering for a conference instead of a team says a lot about what you think of your team.

  5. irishmob89 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    John, I’m not denying that the SEC is the best football conference but what you fail to realize is the gap is quickly closing. Just look at last year’s bowl results: LSU struggled to beat a 4-loss Iowa team, Texas A&M struggled to beat DUKE, Alabama got destroyed by Oklahoma, Georgia lost to a 4-loss Nebraska team, and South Carolina got a good game from a 4-loss Wisconsin team. Florida lost to Georgia Southern in the regular season. The SEC is top heavy. Only a few teams have truly dominated that conference and the other teams ride the coat tails of those teams and scream SEC! SEC! SEC! along the way. You also claim that Notre Dame “proved they can’t beat an SEC team”. How is that? Notre Dame has played ONE SEC team in the Kelly era. Because they didn’t Alabama? Guess what, nobody would have beaten Alabama that night. Brian Kelly is smart. He learned from that loss and he’s been pulling plenty of talent from the South and recruiting a deep class of offensive and defensive lineman.

    Like most fair weather college football fans, you get all of your little analysis from ESPN and blindly scream SEC like a brainwashed puppet. The Big 12 from top to bottom is actually more competitive than the SEC, except for Kansas. What’s sad is when Alabama is in the middle of a dynasty, the other SEC teams take credit for it. Saying that a 10-win Notre Dame team wouldn’t beat an 8-win SEC team is just ignorant. Notre Dame plays a tougher schedule than that entire conference. I think playing scheduling teams like Texas, Stanford, Florida State, and Clemson is harder than playing Georgia Southern, Chattanooga, and Western Carolina. And unlike the SEC, Notre Dame plays anyone, anywhere, anytime. From the East Coast, to the Midwest, to the South, to the West Coast, to Ireland, Notre Dame doesn’t back down from anyone. So take your little SEC fetish and shove it up your ass.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      I dont go to ESPN for my information just look at the NC winners. Since 1998 you have the following:
      Tennessee Florida LSU Alabama, Auburn. that is 9 wins for the SEC … Notre Dame does play a legit schedule. But honestly Navy Wake Syracuse, Purdue Army, Air Force,Pitt, Rice.. Come on these are crappy games. At the end of the day everyone plays their patsys even Notre Dame. But where the SEC is separated from Notre Dame is that the SEC has to play other tough SEC competition. USC had not done anything since Pete Carroll left, Michigan is about as good as Notre Dame , Stanford is better and Michigan State is even a better team with a better record. Even as a Notre Dame fan I see the end is near. We just are not that much better than the teams we face. And now that the Autonomy has passed in the Big 5 I think that is the tagger that will kill ND… Anyone and everyone who does not have academics as their number 1 is going to ramp up football like we have never seen before. Everyone will be playing a beast of a schedule and ND wont be that special when it comes to football.

      • johngaltsmom - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        John, please stop trying to argue with the smart kids. You know that never ends well for you.

      • danirish - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        The SEC is a series of one good team with the others blathering about how great they are because Alabama won a NC.

        Most SEC teams don’t have to worry about silly things like:
        The rules

        I went to a SEC school/team, hung out with football players. If the NCAA ever decided to stop going after politically incorrect mascots and actually investigated Auburn, Florida, and Alabama they might actually find something – in Auburn’s case they did!

        ABC and ESPN have decided that the SEC is the “greatest conference ever.” Why? That is where they put their money.

        For a team to chant for a conference or take credit for victories they didn’t earn? That is the pride and joy of the SEC. To see some of my fellow Dawg graduates cheer for Florida a few weeks after calling them “booger eaters” is sickening.

        The only people that care about being the “best conference ever” are those that cheer for teams that can’t win anything big – like UGA.

        Take your crap to another board or change your troll name again.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Weak argument you just can’t argue with the facts can you ?

      • irish737788 - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:08 AM

        So you are a UGA fan? No wonder you’re pissed off! Plus your boyfriend can’t get it up!

  6. rgarbonzo - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Before anyone gets all high and mighty about the SEC let us all remember one thing, 2 coaches are responsible for the run of championships that have come from the SEC, Urban Meyer and Nick Saban. Does everyone forget Saban leading LSU to a championship? Saban and Meyer account for 6 championships from the mighty SEC, Saban with 2 teams. Now if you want to say that there are better coaches in the SEC that is a debate though I would say Saban is THE coach in the SEC. Let’s not forget that Ohio State stupidly wanted to play a postseason game so they had the postseason ban delayed for a year, the year they should have been playing in the title game opposite the Irish. Another thing, if the SEC is SOOOOO difficult how did a mid tier Big 12 team (7-6) move to the SEC and go 11-2?

    • danirish - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      AMEN! Mizzou and Texas A&M came in a thrashed that conference.

      • rgarbonzo - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        I forgot about Mizzou, hmm that makes 3 MAC coaches having great success in the SEC. Nick Saban (Toledo Rockets), Urban Meyer (BGSU Falcons) who is now at tOSU, and Gary Pinkel who took over the UT Rockets from Nick Saban.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Let’s not forget that Ohio State stupidly wanted to play a postseason game so they had the postseason ban delayed for a year, the year they should have been playing in the title game opposite the Irish.

      My point exactly.. If Notre Dame had played Ohio State they obviously would not have been playing the best Div 1 football could produce. Alabama knocked the green out of the Irish that day and would have done so to Ohio State. Just goes to show you that a 10 win SEC team is better than a 12 win Irish team… Or in this case a 1 loss SEC team is a hell of alot better than an undefeated ND team that had to go into triple overtime to beat Pitt. Get your facts straight you guys are all looking foolish trying to bag on the SEC. The SEC is TOP DAWG !

      • rgarbonzo - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        That same argument can be used in the NFL as well, well because team x lost to team y team y is the best. This is a logical fallacy at best, plenty of times there have been sub par teams rise to the occasion and beat teams that are superior. Doesn’t mean that it will happen everytime. Also do you really want to relive the 2012 Championship? I mean, c’mon, it has been over for 2 years. If you really want facts, then let us procure some. Alabama has beaten Notre Dame exactly once in the entire existence of college football. Congrats to Saban for doing something not even the mighty Bear Bryant could do. Another fact for you, Notre Dame still has more class, style, and integrity, along with wins, and winning percentage. Oh here is another inconvenient fact for you since 1998 this is the SEC record vs Non conference opponents.

        SEC vs. PAC-12 regular season: 10-12
        SEC vs. PAC-12 bowl games: 1-0
        SEC vs. Big 12 regular season: 6-10
        SEC vs. Big 12 bowl games: 21-8
        SEC vs. ACC regular season: 42-36
        SEC vs. ACC bowl games: 16-9
        SEC vs. Big 10 regular season: 7-4
        SEC vs. Big 10 bowl games: 19-19
        SEC vs. Big East regular season: 16-15
        SEC vs. Big East bowl game: 3-8

        Also gonna leave this here for you from Chuck Tompson

        When “good” SEC teams suffer losses in league play, this allegedly proves how tough the SEC is from top to bottom. If an SEC leader wins all of its league games, this allegedly proves how great that team is, given that it somehow managed to go undefeated against a monster SEC schedule — ignored is the fact that SEC teams have pulled off this putative miracle for the last four straight seasons. If the same things happen in other conferences, however, the collective football media reverse the logic, claiming that if, say, a Mountain West Conference league leader loses to a lower-ranked Mountain West team, this merely proves how bad that losing team is, not how good the Mountain West is. In the same way, if a league leader goes undefeated in the Mountain West, the feat is said to merely demonstrate how weak the conference is, not accepted as proof of the strength of the unbeaten team.

        Though its teams are rarely given the opportunity, the Mountain West, not the SEC, has the highest winning percentage of any conference in BCS bowl games (.750), even though its teams travel further to play in BCS games than just about any others and with fewer supporting fans.The double standard also allows non-conference victories rolled up by “champions” such as the 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide against the likes of Florida International, North Texas, and Tennessee-Chattanooga to be regarded as evidence of gridiron distinction by those inside the solipsistic cocoon of the self-congratulatory SEC echo chamber.

        You can read the rest here…

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Good Read garbonzo

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        I agree with everything the article states. However if the conferences are truly about even then that should reflect in the NC game outcome. The problem is the SEC wins when it counts most. Sure you can make the argument that they don’t play anyone and their out of conference games are awful but in the end they always win the big ones… Until any conference can start beating the SEC they will remain at the top. I think strength of schedule is going to be an important move for many teams and it could show the true colors of the SEC. Only time will tell but even after reading the informative article the SEC is still king.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        It CAN’T reflect in National Championship games because of the bias that you continue to spew here. Until this point, Poll bias has dictated who plays in the NC game.

        Sometimes that bias is correct, but because it EXISTS we don’t know WHEN it’s correct.

        Thus, the world has cried out….win a championship on the field!

        The only problem with the 4 team playoff is that the statistics show the most accurate way to determine a D1 FB champ would be with 8 teams…the second best option statistically is 16 teams, and the third best option was 4 teams.

        So, we got an option better than 2 teams, just not the best option :)

      • rgarbonzo - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        Winning percentage since 1998

        1 Boise State 0.83415 171 34 205
        2 Oklahoma 0.78571 165 45 210
        3 Ohio State 0.78010 149 42 191
        4 Texas 0.76699 158 48 206
        5 Oregon 0.74752 151 51 202
        6 Virginia Tech 0.74641 156 53 209
        7 Louisiana State 0.73171 150 55 205
        8 Georgia 0.72947 151 56 207
        9 Texas Christian 0.72864 145 54 199
        10 Florida 0.72330 149 57 206

  7. sjb198 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Bravo rgarbonzo.. This post needs to be copied and emailed to espn every day throughout the entire football season.

  8. rocket1988 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Don’t forget former CMU coach Butch Jones at Tennessee. MAC Daddys them all

  9. rocket1988 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    do us regular posters a favor and ban johngait. Let him go crow about Southern Cal and Sec retardation elsewhere.
    Real Irish Fans

  10. rgarbonzo - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    JohnGalt: As you can see from the article the only reason the SEC was ranked high enough to get into the championship game was from a bias. I mean the NFC ran the AFC outta the park in many a consecutive Super Bowls, does that mean top to bottom the NFC was better? Nope not at all, just means that the team was better on that day. It would be different if we were talking hockey, I mean a 7 game series to prove who is the best but we aren’t we are talking single elimination, win and go on type football. I would argue that the layoff (which is inarguably laughable) allows the coaching to take a front seat. Saban has been the best coach in the SEC since he arrived there, same with Meyer and Pinkel. Just because Nick Saban has won so many championships does not mean the SEC is a powerhouse of a conference, it means that Nick Saban has done a good job at every program he has been head coach of. What has the rest of the SEC done? Not much at all. Oh and bowl games? They are played mainly in the south which means that southern teams often have a home field advantage even though the game is played at a so called neutral site. When is the last time a team from a warm weather climate came to play at Wisconsin or Ohio State in November or December? Oh right USC and Stanford are the only big name schools that do that.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Fiesta Sugar Orange Rose… Two out West Two in the South. Seems fair to me… The SEC Bias maybe so but again they win so not sure what to tell you there. The SEC is a powerhouse conference its winning all the NC. The entire BCS is fake and the 4 game playoff is a joke. The only way to settle this is to have a conference champion playoffs. Which means ND needs to join a conference. I am all for it then you will see the SEC continue to win NC after NC and you wont have a list of excuses.

      • rgarbonzo - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Yet again Nick Saban is the one winning all the championships, not the SEC, Alabama. So it isn’t like the SEC is all high and mighty, I mean for sake of argument you have Vanderbilt. Mississippi St., and Kentucky, all with all time losing records. This indicates that those 3 teams are not very good historically. When one looks at the SEC records for all time we come up with this…

        Alabama 836–322–43 .714
        Tennessee 804–361–53 .682
        LSU 753–396–47 .649
        Georgia 767–406–54 .647
        Auburn 726–415–47 .631
        Florida 684–395–40 .629
        Texas A&M 702–456–48 .602
        Arkansas 683–471–40 .589
        Mississippi 639–499–35 .560
        Missouri 648–531–53 .547
        South Carolina 576–546–44 .513
        Vanderbilt 581–582–50 .500
        Kentucky 582–592–44 .496
        Mississippi State 522–555–39 .485

        Contrast this with the Big 10
        Michigan 910-323-38 .731
        Nebraska 875-357-41 .703
        Ohio St. 849-318-54 .717
        Penn St. 734-371-43 .658
        Minnesota 663-494-44 .570
        Michigan St. 660-442-44 .595
        Wisconsin 653-481-53 .572
        Rutgers (NJ) 639-618-42 .508
        Maryland 627-557-43 .529
        Iowa 608-538-39 .530
        Purdue (IN) 593-526-48 .529
        Illinois 586-553-50 .514
        Northwestern (IL) 504-645-45 .441
        Indiana 457-647-46 .417

        Historically Alabama has been very good, the rest not so much. Again before you start beating your chest about SEC, SEC, you should really consider that again 1 coach has been responsible for 6 championships. The SEC is overrated but Nick Saban is a good coach. So instead of chanting SEC maybe try S-A-B-A-N.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Bcs era not all time.

      • rgarbonzo - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        Winning percentage since 1998
        BCS ERA still no SEC dominance….

        1 Boise State 0.83415 171 34 205
        2 Oklahoma 0.78571 165 45 210
        3 Ohio State 0.78010 149 42 191
        4 Texas 0.76699 158 48 206
        5 Oregon 0.74752 151 51 202
        6 Virginia Tech 0.74641 156 53 209
        7 Louisiana State 0.73171 150 55 205
        8 Georgia 0.72947 151 56 207
        9 Texas Christian 0.72864 145 54 199
        10 Florida 0.72330 149 57 206

      • rgarbonzo - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        Matter of fact Alabama since the advent of the BCS Era has feasted upon Sun Belt and Conference USA while notching exactly 0 wins against the AAC and PAC-12. They are 500 against the BIGXII, Mountain West and MAC.

  11. getsome99 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I wouldn’t put Mizzou on the top dawg list. With the exception of one or two seasons, they struggled to finish in the top half of the Big 12.

    I also wouldn’t discount Louisville or North Carolina. As far as playing patsy’s, Navy is still better than the patsy’s the SEC schools play. Also, we’ve beaten Stanford and Mich St in recent years.

    I would agree that Arizona State and USC are overrated opponents who we should beat handily.

  12. irishmob89 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    If you can’t beat them, join them. That must be John’s mentality. They lost to Washington State and Arizona State dropped over 60 on them. Imagine what some SEC teams would do to the Trojan$. They could deflate all the balls they want and they would still get destroyed. LOL

  13. knuterocknesghost - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Wow. Fantastic article chronicling Golson’s remarkably tough and disciplined, yet self-imposed road back to Notre Dame after being expelled from ND. It gives ND fans far more reason to appreciate how much this young man appreciates his opportunity to play football for ND. Read the whole thing. It’s lengthy, but what a read!

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Great but can he win.

      • getsome99 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        He’s just the winningest QB in Notre Dame history.

  14. fnc111 - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Condoms SUC.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      I don’t care for condoms either

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        sure wish your dad used one

  15. dermmite - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    wow 57 blogs about cody!!! Didn’t read one!!!

  16. yaketyyacc - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    yes, when I looked at the article, and then 58 posts, wondered who was this
    Riggs that he commanded so much attention. then followed the posts of my daddy’s Conference can beat your daddy’s Conference with one hand behind its back. especially from posters who back a school that hadn’t belonged to any. we can argue the point all day, but there is one indisputable fact, it is better to have Riggs playing for ND, then any conference. Riggs a proud addition to the Irish roster.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Hence my first post.. Major SEC Talent playing for Brian K we have a good shot at an 8 win season.

      • johngaltsmom - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        John, If you ‘re not going to look for a job today at least help me clean up this trailer.

  17. irishdodger - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    The SEC lives on a reputation earned by Saban & Meyer. They both rebuilt LSU, Bama & Florida respectively. In 2014, teams like Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Vandy, Kentucky, Mizzou, TAMU, UF & UT are not striking fear into their opponents. Florida should bounce back. TAMU has to learn to play defense. I give props to Alabama, LSU & UGA as true NC contenders. Auburn has to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke b/c if one year truly equals a trend, Chizik would’ve never been fired. I think Malzahn will keep them in the conversation but let’s not crown them until they show it’s not a fluke. South Carolina has to quit dropping one game per year that they have no business losing. I respect any team that schedules ONLY D1 FBS schools regardless of talent vs teams that play D1AA FCS schools late in the year (like the SEC)….it’s like an additional bye week in the thick of the playoff race. SEC is tough but you can’t convince me that Tennessee, Arkansas, Vandy, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M & Kentucky could win the B1G, Pac12, Big 12 or ACC. Just b/c they’re in the same conference as Bama, doesn’t mean they’re Bama.

    • c4evr - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Good point, The bottom line for the SEC – or any conference for that matter – is the coaches and their ability to win on the big stages. Compare that to BK who has had one, maybe 2, games when the lights were brightest where his team has answered the call. For the most part, ND has played less than inspired. This is his year to show what he can do because he has lost the last scapegoat (TR) that he can blame.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Notre Dame needs a break out year but with this schedule I see at least 4 losses if not more. Let’s face it Brian k is no Lou Holtz and to win at ND you need to win in recruiting and have an excellent game plan.

      • c4evr - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I’ve said from his first year that he’s just a man in over his head coming from D2 football. The BCS title game should have been sufficient evidence of that – it was for the NFL… his phone hasn’t rang since.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        And if he loses at ND – ND will be officially known as end your coaching career U. Come to ND play a ridiculous hard schedule with 3 star recruits.

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