Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I meant it in that both Weiss and Willingham had a great deal of success early on in their tenure at ND. Both went to BCS bowl games and both had the ND faithful hopeful. IMO the difference between this ND team is a missed 30 yard FG against Pitt or an awful call against Stanford. If Kelly's ND team beats Alabama I will change my tune.
Willingham had the following seasons: 10-3, 5-7, and 6-5. He ended the season ranked just one time at #17. Weiss had seasons of 9-3, 10-3, 3-9, 7-6, and 6-6. His highest end of the season ranking was 11.
Kelly has gone 8-5, 8-5, and 12-0. He got this team to a NC game, when Willingham and Weiss never even sniffed one. I'd also argue that he has waaaay less talent than Willingham and Weiss' early teams. Kelly doesn't even have a legitimate starting QB, yet he's in the NC game.
As far as the FG against Pitt and the "bad call" against Stanford, every team benefits from luck. If it wasn't for atrocious clock management by the opposition, Alabama would be a two loss team and they wouldn't even be in the NC game.