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After reading what the staff put up as their predictions for tonight's final score I was intrigued to see that they were all close with only JSapp predicting an Irish victory. I started thinking if Notre Dame was to lose say by 3 to #4/#5/#6 Safety School would I be pleased with the outcome because they kept it close against a top 10 team? I started thinking about this to myself and thought that no I would not be happy at all. The fact remains that even if the Irish keep it close, a loss will be a loss at this point. Everyone argues that Stanford is playing for more because they can still go to a BCS game, while they Irish probably won't get a sniff at one. But I feel the Irish has just as much to play for if not more. Stanford has established that they are a dominant team in College Football, but Notre Dame needs to beat them to prove that they can play with the upper level teams. After watching Michigan beat OSU today and seeing Michigan State finish their season to play for the Big 10 Championship, next years schedule is looking more and more difficult especially with Miami in Chicago, Oklahoma in Norman, and USC in the House of Pain. Notre Dame needs this win more than Stanford and if they can't go out and pick up the W today then next year is going to be a very painful year to watch and will have the same feel as the previous 3 coaches. I believe that Brian Kelly is the coach but this victory would be a program changer considering that the outcome could have a very positive effect on recruits considering Notre Dame. All things considered Notre Dame needs this win more than Stanford does and I feel that it's either win or go home for the Irish!
How did you feel after losing to the "Bush Push?" Was it a quality loss?
Do you think BC felt like they had a quality loss last week for keeping it close?
The answer: NOT GOOD! LOSING IS STILL LOSING!
You are correct in saying ND needs this win for a number of reasons. But I sense after seeing how we played against USC that it isn't likely. However, that's why we have upsets and we can still hope for the best.
The way ND played in that 1st quarter vs SC - that was pathetic! I can not see ND coming out like that!! I've got to believe that BK will have them fired up - ND's going to 'show-up' tonite!! GO IRISH!!
way to go bettyann You said it all
We need this win for recruiting purposes. We are losing ground to Stanford a school with equal or better academics but a stadium of 50K , and they do not have the same level of support. The mere fact that people look at Stanford as a powerhouse and top recruits like Noor Davis would choose that over ND because of the combination of academics and top notch football over ND illustrates just how important this game is
POTW - Last year and 2/20/11
You can color it as pretty as you want but at the end of the day it always goes into the column on the right. There's no such thing as a good loss. Winners win, losers lose.
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