Notre Dame Football

After Week 1 Losses, Georgia, Notre Dame Eyes Aren't Smiling!

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 03:  Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish talks with Dayne Crist #10 during a game against the University of South Florida Bulls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 3, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IISeptember 4, 2011

If you're a Georgia or a Notre Dame fan, then you're pretty angry today.

Because after last year, everything seems to have started the way it was for more than enough games last season—Crappy.

For Georgia, it was the porous defense. If you didn't think that Georgia's defense wouldn't miss a beat after losing some serious talent on the defensive line (Demarcus Dobbs, Justin Houston, Akeem Dent, Darryl Gamble, LB's), then you were wrong. Georgia's defense couldn't deal with Kellen Moore, who had a 28-of-34, 261-yard, three-touchdown day. The worse thing about it? They looked clueless. 

On the other side of the ball, Georgia killed itself not being able to convert on third down (2-for-13), and Aaron Murray didn't seem to handle the pressures of the "best QB in the SEC" tag (16-of-29, 236 yards, two TDs) well—and this was against the defense that no one really cared about. 

And to make matters worse, the Georgia fans bolted for the exits—have they seen enough of Georgia football ALREADY this season? 

The fans that DIDN'T bolt for the exits—despite the mammoth rain delays and the poor performance of their team—were the Notre Dame ones. 

And they had every reason to. Before halftime, the Irish were woeful, giving up two red-zone interceptions and one turnover that went right back to the house. South Florida looked sharper and more amped for the game—although Brian Kelly possibly looked more amped than anyone else!

Dayne Crist, the Irish's first quarterback, was awful, bringing back memories of the 2006 side that was given such a fine seeing-to by Penn State back in 2007. The second one—Tommy Rees—gives the Irish hope for the future, because he at least managed to hit his receivers in a 24-of-34, 296-yard, two-TD performance (sure, he also threw two INTs—but hey!).

The biggest thing for Irish fans will be way that their team suffered against speed. They simply couldn't deal with it. So good luck against Denard Robinson next week....




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