Weis to call Notre Dame's offensive p...

Weis to call Notre Dame's offensive plays for next two games

There are 12 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 18, 2008, titled Weis to call Notre Dame's offensive plays for next two games. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Once again, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis will call the offensive plays Saturday against Syracuse.

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Mac The Knife

AOL

#1 Nov 19, 2008
OH, Big Deal! My nine year old could call the plays against Syracuse and it won't matter who's calling them against USC. Weis is a flop as a head coach...he should go back to the NFL as clubhouse boy.
CaptainObvious

Niles, MI

#2 Nov 19, 2008
You and I could call plays against Syracuse...and Navy, and San Diego State, and Stanford... although the mighty ND struggled mightily to beat the last three. But their scheduling strategy resulted in a cheap bowl eligibility and the subsequent almighty payout, which is always their primary goal. Here's hoping they draw a real team from a real conference and lose bowl #10 in a row. There's a pattern here: Face too many patsies during the regular season and get your lunch handed to you facing quality competition in a bowl... usually a bowl you didn't earn!
rich k

Melrose, WI

#3 Nov 19, 2008
captain what you now about football you could put it in a thimbul...go nd
CaptainObvious

Niles, MI

#4 Nov 19, 2008
I know teams that shouldn't be in the first division when I see 'em... like the four I mentioned. And I know when I see an alleged elite team that's continually living off its "storied past" struggle with those bad teams. An elite team, by the way, that has its own television network in NBC to help with recruiting... and millions of blind-faith "alumni" who couldn't find South Bend on a map or never met anyone who actually went to ND.
Just the Facts

Nashville, TN

#5 Nov 19, 2008
Notre Dame's strength of schedule per the Sagarin Ratings is currently 40th.

That is not a barn burner schedule like a Texas, a Florida or a USC, but it is better than Alabama, Texas Tech and Penn State.

You are correct that ND is attempting to schedule easier like a Bama and a Penn State and a Texas Tech in order to compete in the BCS more. Of course, they need to win those games to get there and then have the talent to be competitive and win when they reach those bowls.

Next season will be a make or break year for Charlie, he has the talent and no more excuses about inexperience for him or his players.
Reality

Camp Hill, PA

#6 Nov 19, 2008
"but it is better than Alabama, Texas Tech and Penn State."

Let't examine Penn State's schedule, and how ND would fare under that schedule (based on Sagarin ratings - i.e. assumption is that ND would lose to a team with a better Sagarin ranking).

Coastal Carolina #166 - w (1-0)
Oregon State #16 - L (1-1)
Syracuse #113 - W( 2-1)
Temple #97 - W (3-1)
Illinois #52 - W (4-1)
Purdue #76 - W (5-1)
Wisconsin #44 - L (5-2)
Michigan #84 - W (6-2)
Ohio State #10 - L (6-3)
Iowa #24 - L (6-4)
Indiana #105 - W (7-4)
Michigan State #17 - L (7-5)

ND will most likely finish, what, 7-5?
Reality

Camp Hill, PA

#7 Nov 19, 2008
"You are correct that ND is attempting to schedule easier like a Bama and a Penn State and a Texas Tech in order to compete in the BCS more"

ND's best win this season is against a 6-4 Navy team, a program that has much higher entrance standards for its football players.
Uncle Lar

Schaumburg, IL

#8 Nov 19, 2008
Don't ask Lovie Smith for any advice. Just a little tip from your Uncle Lar.
CaptainObvious

Niles, MI

#9 Nov 19, 2008
But 'Bama and Penn State are in a conference, with Alabama being in the nation's toughest conference, the SEC... and conference teams have generally got to play other conference teams. ND doesn't have to play anyone they don't think they can make a buck (or get a win) off of. Hence, they can schedule Navy, Army, Syracuse, Duke, San Diego State, etc., with impunity. And not just for two non-conference tune-ups, but THROUGHOUT their year. But this isn't even the good part: The real reason ND won't join a conference is because they'd have to share bowl money. ND doesn't share... well, maybe except for bombast.
Marie

AOL

#10 Nov 19, 2008
Reality - don't forget the Naval Prep School in Newport. It accepts those whose admission standards DO NOT reach those of the Naval Academy but whose skills are merely physical.

After a 9-10 month academic support program, who knows how many are actually "eligible" to attend Navy?
Just the Facts

Nashville, TN

#11 Nov 19, 2008
Reality wrote:
"but it is better than Alabama, Texas Tech and Penn State."
Let't examine Penn State's schedule, and how ND would fare under that schedule (based on Sagarin ratings - i.e. assumption is that ND would lose to a team with a better Sagarin ranking).
Coastal Carolina #166 - w (1-0)
Oregon State #16 - L (1-1)
Syracuse #113 - W( 2-1)
Temple #97 - W (3-1)
Illinois #52 - W (4-1)
Purdue #76 - W (5-1)
Wisconsin #44 - L (5-2)
Michigan #84 - W (6-2)
Ohio State #10 - L (6-3)
Iowa #24 - L (6-4)
Indiana #105 - W (7-4)
Michigan State #17 - L (7-5)
ND will most likely finish, what, 7-5?
I think that is pretty correct.

I was not pointing out that Notre Dame would have the same record as Penn State, only that they have played an easier schedule per Sagarin. Note how I mentioned in the 2nd part of the my response that you can have an easier schedule, but if you do not win, you are not going to be thought of as highly as those other teams.
Reality

Camp Hill, PA

#12 Nov 19, 2008
"only that they have played an easier schedule per Sagarin"

Actually, you implied that ND would have a chance to make the BCS more often if it played a schedule like PSU's.

As my analysis shows, even though it has a better SOS (per Sagarin) than PSU, ND will likely finish with the same record that it would have had playing PSU's schedule.

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