Originally Posted by LoganBuck
There are some out there that think that not only is Notre Dame overrated, that USC is as well. The term "paper tiger" comes to mind for both. Notre Dame lost to Michigan State. Who has a very poor defense. Pitt was terrible, Michigan is not very good, and neither is Purdue. The Domers are whining about this, I didn't see OSU whining after they lost to Texas and were dropped from 4 to 9 in the polls. Notre Dame will lose again before their bowl game.
USC has been playing with fire, all year. The PAC 10 is very very poor. That doesn't mean that USC won't win it all again, but I would love to see them play a team with a real D. To me they are a team that can be beaten. Great Defense will stop a Great offense. Notre Dame can score the ball, USC has a subpar secondary, and a young front seven. Teams can score on them.
Notre Dame a "paper tiger" - that is too funny.
Pitt at Pittsburgh
Michigan at Michigan
Michigan State at ND
Purdue at Purdue
Washington at Washington
USC at ND
Hmmmmm, 5 of the 6 had been rated Top 25 so far this year. One is the number 1 team who has won 28 straight games. Michigan was as high as number 3, so they are talented, whether they are playing like crap or not (and a Michigan team that just beat an undefeated Penn State team, so we know they can play with anyone).
There are no Louisiana Tech's, no Florida A & M's, no Alabama A&T's. There are four road games against major conference teams. There are 3 games against Big Ten teams, a Big East team and two Pac 10's.
To call Notre Dame a paper tiger is laughable. Ask any team in the country if before the season they would have taken ND's schedule and they all, every one of them, would have said categoricallly no. 4 of your first 5 on the road (including Michigan and Purdue) and your 6th against a team that hasn't lost for two years.
And ND will lose again? Look at their schedule - the only potential landmine they have is Tennessee, and thats at ND. to say with such brazen gusto that ND "will lose again" - come on.
Next, ND isn't complaining. They didn't complain when they lost to Michigan State and were dropped and they aren't complaining now because they got dropped - just like Ohio State. What they are complaining about is not being ranked higher than 22 in any computer poll, and the fact that they are 16th in the BCS. Whereas Ohio State, with 2 losses as well, is in there with what 8computers out of ten say is an easier schedule (although just barely cause I saw ND with the number 1 schedule thus far and Ohio State with the number 3). Which means that for Ohio State not to be ranked among the top 15 in the BCS would be a joke, just like for ND to not be ranked among the top 15 in the BCS is a joke. We're not looking for number 1. Not even number 8. Just top 15.
Finally, as for the assertion that the Pac Ten is very, very poor - well UCLA is undefeated, USC is USC, Oregon is in the BCS top 12 and Cal is strong as well. Not to mention Arizona State took a good LSU team to the final minutes and is better than people think. The pac Ten may not be the best conference, but to call them very, very poor is incorrect.