Notre Dame Can Win: Part 2

And we’re back for Part 2. We’ve already cleared up one way Notre Dame can beat Alabama in the National Championship, despite many people saying they simply aren’t good enough to compete with the SEC.

In Part 1, we looked at the Irish defense — fast, suffocating, resilient. Today, we’re flipping the coin and going into how Everett Golson and Tommy Rees hold the keys to success on offense.

In the beginning of the season, Everett Golson was a player that you could tell had a lot of potential, but he wasn’t fulfilling it. Bad decision making and inconsistency led the Irish to a scary start offensively.

But look at the kid now.

Golson is currently riding an 8-game streak of completing above 50% of his passes and has only thrown 1 INT in that span. When I watched him play against Michigan, he looked like a kid that was way too juiced for his own good. In other words, he didn’t have the necessary composure to excel into the next level.

But that really was his last bad game. Since then, he’s looked like a 3-year starter behind Center, making good decisions and leading the Irish to 2 overtime wins.

Alabama’s defense is one of the best in the nation, but I think they’ll struggle against the versatility of Golson. He isn’t the biggest ground threat the Crimson Tide has seen, but he just makes plays. He’s a gamer.

Accuracy also kept improving as the season went on. He’s putting very nice touch on the deep ball and puts the ball where only his WR can get it. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will pick apart the Alabama secondary, but they certainly won’t have too much to exploit from the young QB.

Where would the Irish be without Tommy Rees? Not at 12-0.

He reminds me of a closer in baseball. His number isn’t called on all too often. But when it is, it’s a pressure situation. Somehow, the Junior just makes it happen in the clutch. And I’m really not surprised. Rees has starting experience and a lot of pressure situations under his belt.

If this were basketball, he’d be 6th man of they year.

The backup QB is always overlooked in the grand scheme of things. That is until he has to step up. In some cases this season, Brian Kelly called in his closer, not because Golson was injured, but because Rees was the man for the job. It’s the kind of thing every head coach dreams of — a reliable backup.

Everett Golson and Tommy Rees share the key on offense to beating the Crimson Tide in the National Championship.

I bet they’ll roll the Tide.


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