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Notre Dame Football Gameday – Air Force 10/8/2011 – Open thread

Oct 08, 2011 /

It’s gameday Irish fans. Make sure you leave a comment during the day with your score predictions, a limerick, keys to the game or just a Go Irish! Check back in during the game for live game chat with other Irish fans giving their own play-by-play reactions. Below are our keys to the game and a gameday limerick to enjoy.

Keys to the Game – How to tell how the day will go

The Skinny

Today’s game vs. Air Force, on paper, should be a game that Notre Dame dominates. The Notre Dame offensive line outweighs the Air Force defensive line by an average of sixty pounds per man. Our defensive line outweighs the Air Force offensive line by over thirty. Notre Dame should be able to win this game without throwing a single pass. But the question of the day will be if Notre Dame can slow down Air Force’s amazing running attack that piled up over 360 yards last week. If the Irish play on defense resembles anything resembling Navy 2010 then Air Force will make us pay.

Air Force isn’t the traditional academy triple-option team. They can also throw the ball. Tim Jefferson, their quarterback, has completed 70% of his passes this year. Their top running back, Asher Clark, is averaging nine yards per rush.

But let’s get serious people, if this team is anywhere near an elite team, we should pound Air Force. Two of Air Force’s wins are against South Dakota and Tennessee State. A team like Air Force can beat more talented teams but they should run up against a brick wall today in the Irish. No hedging here, TCU beat them by 16 and we should do nothing less. Take the Irish and give the points.

So here are our things to watch for during the game to gauge how things are going for the Irish football team.

The Good

  • We stop the fullback. The key to stopping any triple option team.
  • Gary Gray gets his second interception in as many weeks. If Air Force can’t throw on single coverage they are in trouble
  • The Irish make them punt on their first drive. Option teams push all game for the weak spot in the defense but they will give the Irish they best shot out of the gate.

The Bad

  • Air Force has drives of double digit plays. We can’t let Air Force minimize possessions.
  • Turnovers – We can’t maximize their possessions.
  • We have multiple defensive lineman injured.

Gameday Limerick

Game day limerick time:

The Air Force is in town – salute.
Their chances of winning? Minute.
The triple option they brung,
but their bells will be rung,
as they fall to the Irish pursuit.

Irish Flashback

I was at the 2000 game vs. Air Force, you can hear me screaming in the background

Gameday thread

That is below and how good it is up to you! Let’s Go Irish!!

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34 responses to “Notre Dame Football Gameday – Air Force 10/8/2011 – Open thread”

  1. notredame_dame says:

    Looking forward to it! Go Irish!

  2. LetsGoIrish says:

    Let’s get it on!

  3. LetsGoIrish says:

    catch #1

  4. LetsGoIrish says:

    A Theo Riddick sighting…that was a big play

  5. domer_82 says:

    Good to see Riddick involved

  6. LetsGoIrish says:

    Telegraphed that one

  7. LetsGoIrish says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  8. LetsGoIrish says:

    TD Irish!

  9. LetsGoIrish says:

    Hmm..that didn’t look good

  10. LetsGoIrish says:

    I think they overturn this one.

  11. notredame_dame says:


  12. LetsGoIrish says:

    I don’t mind being wrong. Big to get 7 on the board on the first drive.

  13. LetsGoIrish says:

    I think we are going to put a whoopin on Air Force today.

  14. domer_82 says:

    I will take them one touch down at a time

  15. notredame_dame says:

    Did you notice that Hamman seemed sad about that strip? What a tool

  16. LetsGoIrish says:

    LOL… Notre Dame ball?

  17. LetsGoIrish says:


  18. LetsGoIrish says:


  19. LetsGoIrish says:

    Riddick came to play today. We need him to step up…if we have a three headed attack through the air combined with our running game…we are in good shape.

  20. domer_82 says:

    Good decision there.

  21. notredame_dame says:

    Loving this…feels good to be on the good side of a football game with miscues.

  22. domer_82 says:

    I could get used to this.

  23. LetsGoIrish says:

    Air Force has run one offensive play that gained ……ok two plays that have gained about 30 yards and they are down 14-0….ok 3 plays of over 10 yards a piece.

  24. domer_82 says:

    stinking scheme again.

  25. notredame_dame says:

    Where is the defense?

  26. LetsGoIrish says:

    Wow Tuitt covered some serious space

  27. LetsGoIrish says:

    close to an INT there

  28. LetsGoIrish says:

    14-3 Notre Dame

  29. LetsGoIrish says:

    Taking a break. If someone wants to take over feel free.

  30. LetsGoIrish says:

    Good time for a broken play. 21-6 Irish

  31. LetsGoIrish says:

    oops…take that back

  32. LetsGoIrish says:

    21-9….we haven’t stopped them yet without points….don’t see them stopping us anytime soon…let’s just hope we can make the right adjustments.

  33. nanoosa says:

    Notre Dame is finally playing like they should have from day 1 this year. It was nice to see Tommy take the offense down the field time and time again. And just before people start asking (as they will come Monday morning), the rushing statistics from Hendrix will NOT cause another QB controversy in South Bend.

    Mike W

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