Posted: December 29th, 2011 | by: Steve In Iowa
Categories: College Football, IBG, Irish
Her Loyal Sons is hosting the Irish Blogger Gathering for today’s Champs Sports Bowl. Want to know how the FSU O-line is going to fare against the ND front seven? Want to know who will be the hero of the game? Want to know how much playing time Andrew Hendrix will get today? We do to. So head over there to see the latest takes on the big game today from your favorite Notre Dame bloggers… oh yeah, and GameDay40, too.
Detecting an uptick in traffic as some of you might be coming here from Her Loyal Sons to check out our other replies to the Gathering questions. OK, here you go!
1) FSU might start as many as 4 freshman on the offensive line. In 40 words or less, describe what you’re expecting to be the result of such a move.
Blog Davie (GameDay40.com): If Bob Diaco dials up the pressure with any consistency, EJ Manuel will have a looooong day. Clubber Lang describes this scenario for Mr. Manuel best . . . . “Pain!”
2) Lots of stuff Coach Kelly has been saying lately is getting people to believe that if Hendrix looks hot during the bowl game, he may just keep playing in the game. Give me 1 pro to that scenario and 1 con.
3) If you’ve paid any attention at all, you know that the Champs Sports Bowl was officially a sell-out pretty darn quickly. Meanwhile Virginia Tech is struggling to get their allotment of tickets to the Sugar Bowl sold. Remember, the Champs Sports Bowl is a game between 2 very disappointed 8-4 programs longing for the glory days of yore. So explain how this bowl sold out, and try to leave all the rah-rah stuff out of it.
4) Will there be an unexpected “hero of the game” for the Irish, or will such a hero prove useless, as the Irish blow out the Seminoles or the Seminoles take the game too far out of reach for the Irish for a hero to be effective? If there will be a hero, who will it be?
Blog Davie (GameDay40.com): I don’t foresee an “unexpected hero of the game,” but I expect the defense to force some “unexpected” turnovers. Unexpected in the sense that ND has only forced 13 turnovers all season and FSU has averaged less than one turnover per game during the second half of the season. That said, there’s reason to believe the Irish can create some turnovers on Thursday. ND’s front seven should manhandle an inexperienced FSU offensive line and should be able to force EJ Manuel into some poor decisions by bringing pressure. Although the D should be able to get some pressure on the QB, they will have to remain gap-sound and keep Manuel in the pocket to force turnovers. His twelve interceptions in the last two seasons have come as a pocket passer.
5) You Play. To Win. The Game. Unless you don’t. In which case You Play. To Prepared. For Next Year. Which would you prefer to see in this game? And yes, it’s a binary choice. Pick one.