Week 11 Win Probability Matrix Update

Credit to the Irish for rebounding with a huge win over a mid-level opponent - the mistakes that plagued them against Virginia Tech were largely eliminated against Duke, and accordingly the Duke game went the way the Virginia Tech game should've. That was the first truly stress-free performance for Notre Dame in five weeks, and [...]

By |2019-11-11T11:23:48-05:00November 11th, 2019|Football|2 Comments

Notre Dame Football: Freshmen Redshirt Update

With just a handful of games remaining in the 2019 season (my goodness does every single college football year fly by or what?) we have a clear picture on the use of the current Notre Dame freshmen and how that will affect the roster shape in the next couple campaigns. As we'll discuss below, something [...]

By |2019-11-08T09:30:13-05:00November 8th, 2019|Football, Recruiting|2 Comments

Duke Preview: Into the Devil’s Den in Durham

When Charlie Weis became Notre Dame head coach in late-2004, he hired David Cutcliffe as his first offensive coordinator. Cutcliffe had just been fired by Ole Miss after his only losing season in Oxford, a mistake the Rebels would come to regret. However, Cutcliffe suffered a heart attack just before fall camp in 2005 and [...]

By |2019-11-08T09:58:01-05:00November 8th, 2019|18S Reads, Football|8 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 11

This is the first week for the official College Football Playoff committee rankings. Hey, SMU and Appalachian State have been cruising - let's discuss the probability that a Group of 5 team will finally make it into the playoff! The final two G5 undefeateds fell this weekend, so that was fun while it lasted. Possible [...]

By |2019-11-06T17:05:18-05:00November 6th, 2019|Football|3 Comments

18S Top 20 Poll: The Calm Before the Storm

With 6 out of our top 11 experiencing idleness things were quiet in week 10. Not so much this weekend as a pair of games will feature undefeated teams sure to reset the national playoff picture. We're recapping the week that was before looking ahead to major events in Tuscaloosa and Minneapolis. This Week's Biggest [...]

By |2019-11-06T20:36:36-05:00November 6th, 2019|Football|5 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: Middies Torpedo Irish Dreams

The title says it all, doesn't it? Ten years ago this week, Notre Dame suffered a catastrophic loss at home to Navy. It marked the true beginning of the end for the Weis era. Previous Entries Preseason Nevada Michigan Michigan State Purdue Washington USC Boston College Washington State It Can't Happen Twice, Can it? On [...]

By |2019-11-07T15:31:29-05:00November 6th, 2019|18S Reads|2 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Virginia Tech

Notre Dame dominated the Hokies in the most important categories that decide games, but the Irish shot themselves in the foot in all of the less predictable and more random facets of the game. Turnovers and special teams blunders that cost valuable field position nearly led to a horrendous loss reminiscent of South Florida loss [...]

By |2019-11-05T16:27:33-05:00November 5th, 2019|Football|6 Comments

Grad Transfer Isaiah Pryor Commits to Notre Dame

In a huge development for the 2020 depth chart, former Notre Dame target and current Ohio State Buckeye Isaiah Pryor announced his intent to transfer to Notre Dame after this season. The Irish pursued Pryor heavily in high school, first at Georgia's Pace Academy and later at IMG, but lost out to the bright lights [...]

By |2019-11-04T12:46:01-05:00November 4th, 2019|Recruiting|11 Comments

Virginia Tech Review: The Home Winning Streak (Barely) Survives

It didn't need to be close but it was far too close for comfort on Saturday afternoon as Notre Dame escaped an upset attempt from Virginia Tech. With just a few minutes remaining, the Irish drove 18 plays for a game-winning touchdown in a matchup that featured several patented upset-special check marks along the way. [...]

By |2019-11-02T23:56:42-05:00November 2nd, 2019|Football|86 Comments

18S Top 20 Poll: The Shakeup Has Been Slow But Real

We are now down to seven Power 5 teams with unblemished records following Oklahoma's upset loss in the Little Apple. It took longer than usual to begin shaking up the top of the rankings but it's happening as we tumble towards another edition of the College Football Playoffs. But first, a recap of this past [...]

By |2019-10-31T11:51:04-05:00October 31st, 2019|Football|6 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: A First, and a Last

Last week, the Irish were lucky to escape at home against Boston College in their first victory over the Eagles since 2000. The Irish went on the road to play moribund Washington State the following week, but not in Pullman. Instead, this week marked the first ever Shamrock Series game, and the final victory of [...]

By |2019-10-30T18:45:32-05:00October 30th, 2019|18S Reads|9 Comments