After watching Notre Dame get picked apart in all facets of the game on Saturday night in a 35-21 loss to Oklahoma, it became utterly apparent that the Fighting Irish do not have what it takes to make a BCS Bowl this season. This is because the team is simply not strong enough on the offensive side of the ball to overcome the inevitable deficiencies that come with any college football defense.
What this inefficiency on offense comes down to is the fact that Tommy Rees simply is not as good of a quarterback as Everett Golson, Notre Dame’s quarterback in 2012, and the team is paying for it now.
During the 2013 season, Notre Dame’s has the 87th most points per game in all of college football at 25.4 points per game, a total that would have likely be much higher if not for the five interceptions Rees has thrown. All five of these interceptions came in Notre Dame’s losses to Michigan and Oklahoma, with three coming last night, and shows that Rees’ flaws are magnified when he comes up against top-notch competition.
More than the fact that Rees has turned the ball over too often is that with a 53.3 percent completion percentage in 2013, he simply isn’t moving the ball efficiently. Again, this number has only gotten worse when the competition got better, as Rees completed an unsightly 37.5 percent of his passes on Saturday night.
This is simply an unacceptable completion percentage against any team in the country, and when playing teams as talented as Oklahoma, that kind of ineptitude makes it nearly impossible to win games.
With tough games remaining against Arizona State, USC and Stanford, it hard to envision Rees not continuing to struggle when faced with high-intensity defenses. Unfortunately, this will prove to be a death blow for a Notre Dame team that is 3-2 and needs to finish in the top eight of the BCS standings at the end of the season in order to return to a BCS Bowl.