Top 25 Intel: No. 17 Notre Dame
Jimmy Clausen has taken his blame, but he and the Irish are ready for a BCS run
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Check out these numbers, from Quarterback A and Quarterback B.
Quarterback A: 406 of 685 (59.3 percent), 4,426 Yds, 32 TDs, 23 INTs
Quarterback B: 329 of 604 (54.5 percent), 4,272 Yds, 26 TDs, 23 INTs
Quarterback A -- with the more impressive totals -- is Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame.
The No. 1 pick in April's NFL Draft, Georgia's Matthew Stafford.
Both QBs were considered the nation's No. 1 QB prospect coming out of high school, and the totals are from when both started the majority of their teams' games as freshmen (Clausen started nine, Stafford eight) and 13 games as sophomores. Both also enrolled early to get a jump on college ball.
And while Notre Dame has taken its share of taunts over the last two years, a product of its 10-15 record, Clausen's development is as real as Stafford's when you consider surrounding talent compared to strength of schedule, and the Irish could be on the verge of a huge season because Clausen isn't the only one on a solid developmental track -- the whole program is.
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INSIDER TOP 25 INTEL
Insider takes you inside the stats and the coaching strategies that both justify Mark Schlabach's preseason Top 25 rankings and could lead to a higher one in the fall: