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Now that Notre Dame has put the finishing touches on a 6-6 regular season, this seemed like a good time to check the accuracy rate of Lou Holtz's preseason prediction for the Fighting Irish.
Posted at 11:26 AM | Permalink
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Coach Holtz is an ND homer, no doubt. But he's as good a guy as you'll find anywhere - I know him and he would do anything for you, just a prince of a guy.
And, his analysis may not have been far from the truth, though it seemed pretty outlandish! Perhaps another coach this year could have made good on Lou's prediction. Coach Weis and co. obviously could not, and look where that got him. That doesn't mean Lou was wrong (though probably a little over-enthusiastic. . .)
November 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM
Lou's pick at the time was crazy, the majority of experts picked ND to finish at best 10-2 or 9-3. They finished 6-6 and that is why Weis is gone.
The head scratching pick I can't understand is the normally accurate Kirk Herbstreit picking Florida wide receiver David Nelson to be the surprise player of the year. I guess 201 yards receiving and 1 TD is surprising.
November 30, 2009 at 01:08 PM
ND lost all six by a TD or less and they probably were the better team in all but one of the losses. Proving that coaching was the issue.
Carl Spackler |
November 30, 2009 at 11:00 PM
They also won 4 of their 6 by a TD or less. Seems like they could have been 2-10 as easily as 10-2 under your "TD or less" scenario.
December 01, 2009 at 01:24 PM
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