Advertisement
Username Password  
Forgot Password?
New Here? Click here to sign up.



  BLOGS
Blogs Home
 
Monday Mar 27th, 2017  

 Notre Dame offense vs. North Carolina defense
posted 8 years ago

Notre Dame has struggled to establish an effective ground game and there's little reason to believe that will change this week. RB Armando Allen has been inconsistent and rolled his ankle against Stanford last week. While Allen is the Fighting Irish's best perimeter threat because of his quickness, OLB's Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant are both playing well and have the athletic ability and range to limit his production when he runs outside, especially if the ankle injury hinders him. Making matters worse for Notre Dame, backup RBs Robert Hughes and James Aldridge will have an even harder time getting on track. The 237-pound Hughes and 225-pound Aldridge are at their best running between the tackles but 330-pound Tar Heels RDT Cam Thomas is virtually impossible to move off the ball with one man, so the Fighting Irish will have to commit two blockers to him when they run inside. This will help free up LDT Marvin Austin and MLB Mark Paschal. Austin is 37 pounds lighter than Notre Dame RG Chris Stewart but he's also two inches shorter and considerably quicker so he should be able to get under Stewart's pads. Paschal is a reliable tackler who locates the ball quickly and takes sound pursuit angles. Irish QB Jimmy Clausen threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns without an interception against Stanford, and though he faces a stronger pass defense this week the Fighting Irish should again have success moving the ball though the air. One of the biggest reasons is their pass protection. Notre Dame OTs Sam Young and Mike Turkovich are capable of keeping North Carolina DEs E.J. Wilson and Robert Quinn out of the backfield with little to no help. On the inside, Thomas and Austin are better run defenders than they are pass rushers and none of this bodes well for a Tar Heels secondary that has the difficult task of trying to slow Irish WRs Golden Tate, Michael Floyd, David Grimes and Duval Kamara. Tar Heels CBs Jordan Hemby, Kendric Burney and Charles Brown aren't big enough to match up with Floyd and Kamara or explosive enough to stay with Tate and Grimes coming out of their breaks. Still, it's important that Clausen makes the most of the time his blockers give him and takes what the coverage gives him. No FBS team has recorded more interceptions than the Tar Heels' 12 picks, and SS Trimane Goddard has four of those interceptions and he does a good job of reading routes as well as quarterbacks' eyes. In addition, Paschal, Carter and Sturdivant have combined to record four interceptions so Clausen must be careful when looking to dump the ball off to a back or TE Kyle Rudolph.

0 Comments | Add a comment  

 

FAVORITE BLOGS

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks Sunday

posted 5 years ago
Showsteelers are the af2 Dance Team of the Year

posted 9 years ago
Smith values balanced offensive plan

posted 8 years ago
Blue Jays complete Minor League appointments

posted 8 years ago
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Wednesday

posted 5 years ago
UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos UFC 131 Betting Odds & Picks

posted 5 years ago
Driven reliever helps Rays reach ALCS

posted 8 years ago
Free NFL Week 17 Picks - Cots vs Texans

posted 4 years ago
Free Pick Minnesota at Tampa Bay For Friday

posted 4 years ago
NFL New England Patriots Looking for a wide receiver

posted 5 years ago
Trojans Will Still Woop UCLA

posted 9 years ago
Dave Miller 3 College Basketball Highroller Plays Monday Night Guaranteed!

posted 4 years ago
2011 NBA Finals Odds - Miami Heat James Jones roll against Mavericks

posted 5 years ago
Sports Blogs and other blogs by Enviroman

posted 9 years ago
Edwards, Harvick involved in garage altercation, witnesses say

posted 8 years ago
Manningham goes from hospital to practice field

posted 8 years ago
Preview: Kentucky at Florida Tuesday

posted 4 years ago
NFL combine

posted 8 years ago
Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers Thursday

posted 5 years ago
Team effort took Brewers to playoffs

posted 8 years ago
CBB and NBA free Plays Wednesday Night

posted 5 years ago
More UFC News on Dane White and Nate Marquardt

posted 5 years ago
Miami at Philadelphia NBA Friday Night

posted 5 years ago
Chargers vs 49ers - NFL Pre-Season Week 4

posted 9 years ago
Sox\' Williams not sitting still

posted 8 years ago
UFC Who will Donald Cerrone face next?

posted 5 years ago
LA Angels at Seattle Free MLB Play Sunday

posted 3 years ago
Stu Jordan NCCAF Christmas Eve Winner Monday Night Hawaii Bowl

posted 4 years ago
Washington evolves into Missouri\'s TD machine

posted 8 years ago
Roles spelled out in ALCS

posted 8 years ago

  Return to Blogs








My Home | My Picks | My Profile | Betting Tools | Groups | Blogs | How It Works | Rules | About | Contact

Copyright © 2017 Odds Breakers. All rights reserved.