Well that wasn't exactly the ideal start to the year Notre Dame had planned.
With five turnovers, just one sack, and substituting your starting quarterback I would say the Irish are heading back to the drawing board this week. A good move if you ask me, and a move I honestly believe the Irish are capable of overcoming.
I, like every other Notre Dame fan out there had my head in my hands for the first half, was miserably bored during the torrential downpour, and stuck through to watch the Irish make things interesting. I also looked at all the tweets people had sent out and was honestly in shock by everyone quitting on their beloved team.
That first half was as bad as it could get that is no secret but people need to calm down, it's only week one. If you believed this team was going to win the national title this year then you should have pumped the breaks. That isn't to say that the Irish still aren't going to have a good season.
Lets start off on the defensive side of the ball. Notre Dame looked good for the most part of the game on defense, giving up just one touchdown and for the majority of the game not allowing South Florida Quarterback BJ Daniels to break off any big plays. Although I feel the defensive line needs to get to the Quarterback a little better I wouldn't say that they're a lost cause. Especially with guys like Manti Te'o, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Louis Nix.
Offensively Tommy Rees seems to have a good connection with his teammates. He played just one half of football and threw for nearly 300 yards in a situation where the South Florida Defense knew what was coming. Obviously having Michael Floyd on your side doesn't hurt that stat but he also was able to get other players into the game like Tyler Eifert.
Rees threw the ball well minus the second interception he threw. I can honestly say TJ Jones should have been paying attention to the pass that bounced off his helmet.
If Notre Dame can play a more disciplined game things will obviously get easier. You see the talent on the field and they're capable of winning quite a few games. If they play like this through the first four games, then by all means give them everything your feeling at the moment, but before you jump all over them see how they do in the next few weeks.
Next week Tommy Rees will take the Irish into the Big House for the first night game in Ann Arbor. As we saw last season Rees has no fear in big environments such as USC, Yankee Stadium and the Sun Bowl in El Paso Texas.
Also I'm intrigued to see how coach Brian Kelly wants to use Freshman Quarterback Everett Golson. I feel that a Golson—Rees QB duo could really be deadly for the opposition and would like to see how Golson does if given the chance to get some action against Michigan next week.
Take it easy Notre Dame fans, if Michigan beats them all over the place then yes panic and concern can be talked about. But for this week try to regroup and focus on the big game ahead.
As far as Notre Dame haters, I look forward to your comments as well.
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