If this doesn’t get our boys’ blood boiling, nothing will. The initial Coaches Poll came out today and our beloved Fighting Irish were ranked tied for #29 with South Carolina. Ahead of ND are such football “powerhouses” as Hawaii, TCU, and Rutgers. Also ahead of ND are six ’07 opponents (from highest): USC, Michigan, UCLA, Penn St, Ga Tech and Boston College.
This is both good and bad. The good news is that the low ranking should serve to motivate the troops to some degree. Nothing like a little disrespect to put some bite back into the dog (see Holtz ’88). On the other hand, if we happen to be pretty good this year, it’s a loooooooong way to climb up to a Top 10 slot and possible BCS bowl scenarios.
Well, like all ND fans, I’m hoping that we surprise everyone and win it all!!! Back to reality though … I’m thinking that the tough early schedule (Ga Tech, at Michigan, at Penn St, at UCLA), combined with breaking in a new QB, will make going 9-3 a monumental achievement this year. 10-2 would be MIRACULOUS. Nope, 2008 will be the year that it all comes together for ND … when all this young talent has some maturity and seasoning and the schedule is more to our favor. 2007 will be fun … with speed bumps … the boys should be playing at a high level by season’s end. And I think the new Defensive Coordinator (Brown) will start making a big difference ON THE FIELD.
Only 4 weeks ’til the opener vs Ga Tech!!! Yikes!!!
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