It’s really quite simple. All the Fainting Irish have to do is: Join a conference in Division 1, play seven or so Top 25 teams in Division 1 during the regular season (still room for Army, Navy, Air Force, Akron and Appalachian State.......lol), and win out.
Since none of this will happen, continue to expect ZERO respect.
Your only chance against Bama is forcing them to play against the officials like South Carolina had to overcome.
When Jan 8 dawns and the SEC post season record is 6 and 3, I wonder what Mr Forde will have to say. Personally, I can’t wait for the playoff format to start just so the influence of pinhead writers like him in the ranking system is reduced.
Save your money boys. Take Bama and give the points.
This is exactly the type of arrogance to which Mr. Forde is referring.
So you're clearly one of the "SEC is almighty" crowd. The SEC is likely to be 5-4 or 4-5 by the 8th. Pitt took ND to triple overtime, and beat VaTech and Rutgers, when both were ranked. Ole Miss has wet itself every time it came up against a quality opponent (other than LSU... one honorable loss). Pitt should win this one handily. A&M vs Oklahoma should be a great game, and will decide if the SEC has a winning record or not this season in the bowls.
But I agree, Bama squishes ND. The Irish don't have the offense that Bama does, and the ND defense can only hold on for so long against an upper tier offense. They barely did enough against Pitt, Purdue, and BYU (all 3-point wins). I see Bama as doing slightly better than those 3 offenses.
The ND win against Stanford is the most telling game to me. Stanford's run-heavy offense is very similar to Alabama's in pass production... buy isn't nearly as good as Bama rushing... is similar in rush defense... but is vastly poorer than Bama's pass defense... and it went to OT. Unless Bama makes multiple mistakes, ND won't score much on offense, and their defense will wear down. Call it 10-3 at the half, 16-6 after 3, and 30-6 when ND gets a free TD in mop-up time. 30-14, Bama.