Uniform Concept: 2017 Fall Catalog Collection II

Today we publish our 20th Notre Dame uniform concept. Like the previous concept we are taking some inspiration from the 2017 Under Armour Fall/Winter catalog. This time it’s a shorts and base layer outfit for lacrosse that caught our eye. Several of our concepts have dealt with the blue/gold/green combination and this one shows off [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Football|24 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: USC

Ahead of Saturday's battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh (anyone notice Brian Kelly is super into rivalry trophies lately?), how do the Trojans and Irish match up in each advanced stats category? Where is USC susceptible, and what should Notre Dame fans be worried about? USC Offense vs. Notre Dame Defense Immediately after the loss to [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|18S Reads|7 Comments

Top 11+2+3 Poll, You Were Bad & Week 8 Preview

Straight up massive carnage during Notre Dame's bye week finally brings our first week of true disagreement over the polls. Now the college football season has really begun! Oh, but hey Alabama is still atop the world. So not too much has changed. Top 11 1 Alabama (+1, 7-0, 41-9 W vs. Arkansas) Through 7 [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Football|23 Comments

Making the Turn: Notre Dame’s Second Half Preview

Today we'll fire up a second half preview of Notre Dame opponents, as the Irish wipe copious amounts of delicious, delicious cheeseburger grease from their faces. We already took a look at how 2017 stacks up statistically against other good-to-great years in the modern era, and revisited our preseason predictions on everything from wins to [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Football|42 Comments

Uniform Concept: 2017 Fall Catalog Collection

Today we debut our 19th Notre Dame football uniform concept and I was shocked that you have to go all the way back to June 14th since our last green jersey offering. Well, let's rectify that right now! This concept found inspiration several months ago from a track & field outfit in the 2017 Fall/Winter [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Football|9 Comments

Half Way Through the Heisman Race

Notre Dame was chilling out maxing relaxing all cool this weekend with a bye and half of their regular season completed. We have lots of football remaining across the country but the Heisman picture has come far more into focus since August. Let's walk through the pageantry, tradition, and respect for the world's most prestigious [...]

By | October 15th, 2017|Football|2 Comments

College Football Playoff Status Report

As the halfway point of the regular season approaches, how are contenders looking across conferences? Who are the current playoff favorites, and what teams could be spoilers in the November chaos? Introduction To simplify this early preview, let's operate under this assumption: A zero or 1-loss team that wins a Power Five conference is in. [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|Football|23 Comments

1st Annual Bye Week Cheeseburger Tournament

Well, if we're being honest, this is probably also the Last Annual Cheeseburger Tournament - it's not like rosters turn over every year. But hey, it's bye week, so let's have some fun! Most are probably aware by now, but if you're not... The connection between the cheeseburger and bye weeks came to be thanks [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|Football|62 Comments

Making the Turn: The Numbers Halfway Through

The other day we revisited our preseason predictions to see how our and your expectations had held up halfway through the year. Today's we're going to dig into 2017 by the numbers, and more specifically, by the numbers other than 2016. We tend to get hung up on comparing results to last year, but as even [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|Football|22 Comments

Scholarship Update & Mega Roster Review

Our last major update came in early June and since then a lot has happened with actual games being played, several roster moves, and plenty to discuss for the future. Let us not waste more on an intro. Out of Eligibility Following the 2017 Season: TE Durham Smythe WR Cam Smith OL Mike McGlinchey OL [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Football|60 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: UNC

Checking out the advanced stats from Notre Dame at North Carolina: a dominant defensive performance, solid job by Ian Book as game manager, and a look at what's ailing the wide receivers. The Basics This wasn't a particularly pretty win, but thanks to a dominant defensive effort it never felt like an Irish victory was [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|18S Reads|12 Comments

Making the Turn: Time to Revisit Our Predictions

Notre Dame, halfway through the 2017 season, has done almost as much as it could to erase the hideousness of 2016 from our collective consciousness. The visible and statistical difference between this year's team and last year's has surprised many Notre Dame fans, myself included. It hasn't been perfect - there are certainly some warts [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Football|29 Comments

Top 11+3+2 Poll, You Were Bad & Week 7 Preview

The bulk of our rankings remained stable through week six with the exception of a pair of delicious upsets in Ann Arbor and Norman. This has caused a little bit of shifting but the top of the polls are still intact. Top 11 1 Clemson (E, 6-0, 28-14 W vs. Wake Forest) Dinged up Kelly [...]

By | October 9th, 2017|Football|23 Comments

North Carolina Review: Solid First Book Report

I was expecting a North Carolina team that, despite heavy injuries and numerous new starters from a year ago, to show up and play a tough game in front of their home crowd. You could say the Tar Heels hung around for a bit and then were slowly strangled by the more talented and determined [...]

By | October 8th, 2017|Football|68 Comments

#BookClub Meeting Adjourned: UNC Instant Reaction

Well, as we suspected most of the week, Notre Dame didn't send Brandon Wimbush out at QB this week with his foot injury that we somehow didn't know about until Tuesday. Instead, the Irish convened the (Ian) Book Club. And the results were pretty much in line with what we figured we'd see from the [...]

By | October 7th, 2017|18S Reads, Football|44 Comments