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Why can't GT do what ND has done? or Stanford even ?
I checked the current roster and Tech has some players for the D-Line (especially redshirts) but can Tech concentrate on building up the Defense in the same manner??
BCS national championship: Notre Dame's defensive line built in SEC mold - NCAA Football - Sporting News
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Alabama’s Ground and Pound never looked more sound and profound—not to mention BCS title-bound—than it did in the SEC championship game vs. Georgia.
Together, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon rushed for 334 yards and three touchdowns in that 32-28 victory over the Bulldogs. They were simply unstoppable as the Tide fought back from a 21-10 third-quarter deficit to take a 25-21 lead, one obscenely talented running back or the other carrying the ball on 15 of 16 total snaps on consecutive touchdown drives.
“There was really not a need to do anything else,” Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier explained, five weeks later.
Of course, Lacy and Yeldon—Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco calls them the “battery” of the Tide offense—weren’t acting alone.
They were running behind an offensive line—talk about obscene talent—that’s as celebrated as any wall of blockers the college game has seen in perhaps decades. If this isn’t the best line in the country … well, we can stop right there. It is.
“This is an angry, intense group of players who play hard and finish blocks,” Diaco said.
Ground and Pound is more than a perfectly fitting nickname. It’s the key to Monday night’s championship game.
Somehow, the Irish must stand up to it.
And you know what? Maybe, just maybe, they can.
“I think our defense is the most dominant defense in the country,” Notre Dame center Braxston Cave said, “and the stats prove that.”
Actually, Alabama is No. 1 in the country in both rushing defense and total defense, but, hey, those are just facts. The Irish are tops in scoring defense (10.3 points per game) and have allowed a measly two rushing touchdowns—mighty impressive stuff, all would agree.
In fact, there are many reasons to believe Notre Dame can stand up to the Ground and Pound. One—a huge one—is the attitude of this defense.
“They’re good,” defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore said, “but we’re not intimidated by any means.”
We’ll get back to that attitude in a bit.
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Notre Dame’s 3-4 front could give the Tide some real trouble. Everybody here is dying to see 340-pound nose guard Louis Nix go at it with two-time All-American center Barrett Jones, because that’s where it all starts for both teams. If Jones handles Nix one-on-one, All-American guard Chance Warmack goes unfettered at superstar linebacker Manti Te’o—and that’s bad news for Te’o. At least, that’s one way it could go.
But as Nix points out, “It’s hard to steer me.” Indeed, it is.
“I just have to be strong at the point of attack, try to get my hands on a quicker guy,” Nix said. “I have to work hard to try to overtake him before he overtakes me.”
Notre Dame’s ends—the 6-4, 306-pound Lewis-Moore and 6-6, 303-pound Stephon Tuitt—are enormous and extremely good at getting into inside gaps. And between the tackles is where Alabama does the lion’s share of its business.
Notre Dame's defensive line, with players like Stephon Tuitt, looks a lot like one from the SEC. The interior battle will be key in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama. (AP Photo)
“They’re probably the most fundamentally sound defense I’ve seen on film,” Jones said.
Take that, LSU and the rest of the SEC.
And then there’s Te’o. Some say he’s overrated. Some call his pure athleticism rather ordinary. Frankly, those people are foolish. But there’s no question Te’o benefits from his guys up front—and vice-versa.
If the Heisman Trophy runner-up has a target on his chest leading up to the biggest game of his life, just know that he’s ready for it.
“Manti has actually practiced harder the last week since the award circuit,” Diaco said, “practiced harder than he has all year long. So he himself has raised his game.”
Which brings us back to attitude—a driving force for the 2012 Irish more than it is for most teams, even teams that reach the title game.
What’s going through Te’o’s head these days?
“Just make sure he doesn’t cross the (goal) line,” he said. “Make sure that nobody crosses the line.”
The first time a ball-carrier actually did that against the Irish—in Game 8 at Oklahoma—the defense couldn’t believe it.
“We were looking around like, ‘What’s going on?’ ” Lewis-Moore said.
It isn’t complicated: Brian Kelly and his staff have built a defensive front that most any SEC coach would covet. It starts with the brick wall up front—three extraordinarily physical guys who know how to play the game.
Wall and Ball.
You know how you can tell the Irish are ready for this Ground and Pound machine? They’re relishing the matchups. Relishing the impending collisions.
“I’m happy about it,” Nix said of going grill-to-grill against Jones. “I can’t wait.”
It isn’t just Nix, Tuitt and Lewis-Moore who can knock Alabama out of gear. It’s more than those three and Te’o. The back-line guys are terrific in run support, too.
“They’re both great running backs,” hard-hitting safety Zeke Motta said. “Probably our best challenge to date.”
Wait, best? He makes it sound like a good thing.
“It’ll be fun,” Motta said.
Fun. Sounds like a good attitude. Sounds like a team with a real chance.
How our entire team would be different with Tuitt....
It just changes the entire dynamic of a game to have someone on the DL that can consistently beat double teams and create such havoc as to free up everyone else.
I don't think any of ND's DL's are juco transfers who have difficulty spelling cat.
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"SEC defenses" are overrated. Look what spread teams do the mighty "SEC Defenses", TExas A&M, Meyer's Gators.
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I was going to say that ND had an easy schedule, but then I checked and ND's SOS was harder than Alabama's. 2012 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings
So there D may be more legit than I thought. I know what I saw in the USC game and NDs D was average (considering the USC QB was starting his first game ever).
I hope both teams lose tonight and will find out who lost in the AM.
For all the hype - this game turned out to be a bloodbath.
Even Custer had a better chance at Little Big Horn than ND did tonight.
In the past GT football has often been JUST GOOD ENOUGH TO BREAK YOUR HEART!
I believe we are on the way to getting where we all want to be - Win Championships, and be more competitive with UGa and Bowl Games.
QB's looking up, WR's coming along(?), Welcome CTR, CMP and new AD, We have some good recruiters with a good class coming, Stamps back to ST's, all 3 phases should be better this year than last. We have team speed to match anyone we play.
What's not to like?
If by SEC defensive line you mean Auburn or Kentucky... Yeesh that was brutal. It was like the BYU game for us, the O-Line got to the linebackers in a hurry and created creases.
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Was not pretty. The LOS belonged to Alabama. Tuitt and the rest got manhandled plus missed a ton of tackles.