Originally Posted by Lawdog88
This really puts the refs in a quandary. Without exception, ALL no-calls must go to the Gumps. This includes - of course - holding, late hits and other forms of personal fouls, blocking in the back, etc., etc.
Also without exception, any borderline judgment calls that possibly could determine the outcome of the game MUST be called, and of course, they MUST go to Notre Dame's favor.
This is a really big problem.
I've thought about this as well. No SEC refs means Bama's coaching staff is no doubt planning on getting called for holding. They will be prepared for it I'm sure, as they are quite aware that they regularly get away with it. In fact, I believe they coach to use the pads to hold until they are forced to stop.
Game will come down to line play on both sides of the ball. Even with penalties in their favor, ND is going to get flat out worked. They have no chance in this regard imo.