Originally posted by nipplehead:
FWIW, Clausen is good. I'm not denying that. I just think he's a whiny little sally and a punk. So I'm glad he blew it at the end.
But I think the whole "if we had Malcolm we would have won" is hilarious. If my aunt had a dick she'd be my uncle. But she doesn't, and ND didn't have Malcolm, so the point is moot.
And KRS, you can knock Barkley if you want, but he's still undefeated as a starter, and has won in Columbus and South Bend as a true freshman. The kid can flat out play, end of story.
I never knocked Barkley really. Go back and read this thread, I said he has a bright future but he plays on a team where he won't spend his freshman year being sacked 50+ times, have no run game and WR's who could not get open. Clausen has grown into his position and shown a great deal of toughness (both mental and physical) and tenacity. Notre Dame's recruiting classes pre Weis were not very good at all and that talent did little to nothing to help surround JC with the same thing Barkley has come into. Clausen has earned any national attention he has received this year and EARNED his way into the Heisman talks.
I also never said if Floyd plays we win, I said the game is a different one. Good try at twisting my words on me. Again Notre Dame is not as deep in talent as USC is. You take away the best WR and outside of a very good #2 WR we have few actual playmakers who have proven ready (Shaq Evans has proven he still is far from ready to step up as evidenced by his play since Floyd went down).
And that sally whiny punk as you call him has had to lead the charge for his team on the final drive for the last 4 weeks, and vs Michigan his D blew the lead and left the offense with under 10 seconds to perform some sort of miraculous comeback. Again a huge difference than him and Barkley. Barkley's team does not seem to put him in those positions, Barkley's team D is not ranked 100th in the nation they are ranked 6th.
Barkley may have won in Columbus and South Bend but he has a very good Defense on his side and is surrounded with not only more but a deeper talent level than OSU or ND. He is a great young talent that will have a great and storied college career but like many USC QB's that have preceded him, he is in a position to succeed not a position where he needs to overcome and step up in order for himself and his team to gain the nation's respect.
So let's all hang from Barkley's nuts for going into South Bend and shredding the 100th ranked defense in the nation. What a superior performance he had today.