NCAAF podcast with Michelle Richardson: Oklahoma State stage shocking come back win; Ohio State holds up as Rose Bowl winners; Alabama cruises to a win

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Marcus Freeman watches from the sidelines against the Oklahoma State Cowboys from State Farm Stadium in Glendale AZ on Sat Jan 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

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#1 Michelle, what happened to Notre Dame (11-2) in the Fiesta Bowl, the Fighting Irish had a 21 point lead and let it slip away. The number one ranked team falls to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-2). The Cowboys roared back with 17 points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth to just edge the Fighting Irish 37-35.

#2 What a finish at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. With the Utah Utes (10-4) ahead in the first half the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2). The Buckeyes rallied in the second half behind running back Jaxon Smith-Njigba who ran for 347 yards and scored three touchdowns. With Ohio State up 46-45 Buckeyes kicker Noah Ruggles hit a 19 yard field goal to get the Buckeyes up by four in the closing second for a 49-45 win.

#3 No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide gets a win over fourth ranked Cincinnati Bearcats 27-6. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young threw for 181 yards for three touchdowns and one interception. The Crimson Tide had a seven point first quarter and a ten point second quarter.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

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NCAAF podcast with Michelle Richardson: Utes sit on top the Pac 12 world; Freeman becomes new Notre Dame head coach; plus more

War of the Roses, Utah Utes linebacker Devin Lloyd, second from left, are jubilant with coach Kyle Whittingham, left, quarterback Cameron Rising and wide receiver Britain Covey (18) as the Utes win the Pac 12 Championship Conference game on Fri Dec 3, 2021 to advance to the Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

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#1 The No.14 Utah Utes (10-3) on Friday night left very little doubt who is the best team in the Pac 12 with a crushing win over the No.10 Oregon Ducks (10-3) 38-7 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. For Utah quarterback Cameron Rising 170 yards passing and one touchdown pass Rising kept the run game busy all evening with two touchdowns by running back Tavion Thomas.

#2 Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman was named head coach replacing Brian Kelly. Freeman who went through the hiring process was the highly anticipated candidate to win the job and was officially hired as of Friday. Tell us your thoughts on Notre Dame’s hiring of Freeman?

#3 Quinn Ewers who is a top ranked quarterback at Ohio State enters the transfer portal and is considering transferring to Texas, Texas A&M, or Texas Tech. Ewers has been called a trailblazer and has made over $1 million for his likeness and endorsements.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

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Stanford overwhelmed in season finale 45-14

Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw takes in the first half action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sat Nov 27, 2021 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto (AP News photo)

Stanford Overwhelmed In Season Finale 45-14

By Barbara Mason

The Stanford Cardinal (3-9) were completely overwhelmed by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1). The Fighting Irish scored in every quarter to easily dismiss Stanford 45-14.

Saturday the Cardinal finished up their 2021 season against the #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame comes into this game with a 10-1 record while Stanford has a 3-8 record having struggled for most of this season. While the Fighting Irish do not have home field advantage they do have a 20.5 point advantage in the spread.

Stanford is coming off a pretty good thumping at the hands of the California Bears losing 41-11. Notre Dame is sailing through this season after most recentlyr beating Georgia Tech in a blowout 55-0.

The first two quarters featured the Fighting Irish at their finest. In the first quarter Notre Dame took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Jack Coan found Braden Lenzy for 16 yards and the first touchdown of the game.

Notre Dame was saving their best for last scoring two more touchdowns and tacking on a field goal in the second quarter to lead at the half 24-0. Notre Dame was in full control of this game. Quarterback Jack Coan had a great half.

Coan had thrown 18-23 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand Stanford was rendered helpless with Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee 6-9 for a horrendous nine yards. They were outplayed at every turn. The closest that Stanford got in this game was an attempted field goal that had the distance but just missed. It was all Notre Dame in the first half.

Stanford got a real boost to start the third quarter. McKee marched his team downfield culminating in an Austin Jones five yard run to get up on the board 24-7. While this was a great start in the second half for Stanford, their defense was unable to contain Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish answered the Cardinal score with one of their own. Four plays for 75 yards and quarterback Jack Coan rushed for a one yard touchdown and a 31-7 lead.

The Fighting Irish had scored in every quarter in this game. They extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Tyler Buchner had a 33 yard romp for Notre Dame”s fifth touchdown of the game. Trailing by the score of 38-7 the Cardinal hopes of a major upset were dashed.

The Cardinal did score a second rushing touchdown but it was just too little too late. It was the longest play of the game for Stanford. A McKee pass to Benjamin Yurosek for 49 yards and the touchdown. The Cardinal trailed 38-14.

Notre Dame would score one more time before the clock ran out for the 45-14 final score. This has been a nightmare season for the Cardinal. It is the worst year they have had in 15 years and it was a miserable ending to a disappointing season.

It was very hard on the players as well as the coaching staff headed by David Shaw.. This is Shaw’s 11th year as Director of Football, and he is the winningest coach in Stanford history. This had to be a real punch in the gut season for Shaw. So the season is over and the program looks ahead to 2022 and a new start.

NCAA Football podcast with Michelle Richardson: Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power Five College Football; Iowa shocks Texas; Notre Dame stays undefeated

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in the Power Five College game as she kicked off on Sat Nov 28, 2020 (@SEC image)

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#1 Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in the Power Five college football game. Fuller a place kicker for Vanderbilt (0-8)  joined the team after the teams kickers had tested for Covid-19 and were placed into quarantine. Vanderbilt also fired head coach Derek Mason on Sunday after seven seasons.

#2 After the Texas Longhorns (5-3) had won three straight they lost to Iowa (7-2) Saturday 23-20. There has been rumblings about Texas head coach Tom Herman that his job might be on shaky ground.

#3 Notre Dame (9-0) had an outing against North Carolina (6-3) in a 31-17 win. Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book threw for 279 yards and one touchdown. The Fighting Irish continue to be undefeated.

Michelle’s Final thoughts.

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Stanford Vs.Notre Dame Preview

Very interesting game will take place Saturday and Stanford Stadium. The Stanford Cardinal will be hosting the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Irish beat Stanford last year when the game was played at South Bend. The Irish finished the season by playing for the BCS National Championship in Miami

against the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide rolled to a 42-14 victory over Notre Dane.

The Cardinal, on the other hans, won the Pac-12 Championship and won a trip to the Rose Bowl where the beat the University of Wisconsin.

Notre Dame and football go together like Ham and Eggs. The have had legendary coaches such as Knute Rockne, Elmer Layden, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian,Dan Devine and Lou Holtlz. Notre Dame has won many National Championships under the leadership of these men. Notre Dame used to have a

national following all over the country as the games were broadcast on radio. Since the advent of television and the ability to watch many,many more games in the past, the bloom has gone off the rose, so to speak. Also, Notre Dame has not won a National Championship since 1988.

The Irish, under Head Coach Brian Kelly, full expected to return to the BCS Championship game,

However, His star quarterback, Everett Golson, was expelled from school; for cheating. The Irish decided to use senior QB Tommy Rees. Rees started 11 of 12 games in the 2011 season.

Expectations have dropped but the Irish still have a record of 8-3 so far this season. The Irish feel that they still will go to a bowl but their defense has dropped off from last year and that has the coaches worried.The Irish rank 68th nationally in rushing defense and rank 80th in turnover margin. The Irish have 3 more giveaways than takeaways.

The Stanford Cardinal has a record of 9-2 and are coming off a big win over California in the Big Game last week. The Cardinal lost to an 8-3 team two weeks ago when they were upset by USC.

Stanford’s Ty Montgomery was spectacular last week against Cal and Tyler Gaffney has proved to a hard running tailback. If Stanford can get the running game going, Kevin Hogan should be able to

do well controlling the ball. The Stanford defense will be strong. Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy, Ed Reynolds and A.J.Tarley and company have performed well all season.

Hard to say who will will but Stanford probably will be the favorite but it’s college football and the Cardinal cannot afford to take Notre Dame lightly. Coach Shaw will have his troops ready.