Just Another Day: Cotton Bowl Instant Reaction

You devote a lot of time to following your team. You watch every game, obsess over every nugget of information, and sometimes, you get a run of awesome play and are lucky enough to root for a team that gets to the College Football Playoff. Then the team's most indispensable player, its consensus All-American at [...]

By |2018-12-29T19:46:46+00:00December 29th, 2018|18S Reads|56 Comments

Film Room: Game Plan – Notre Dame Offense vs. Clemson Defense

Well, it certainly is an exciting time to be a Notre Dame fan. After an undefeated season, the Irish have earned the right to play in the national semi-final. In the build-up to the game, much has been made of the matchup between Notre Dame’s offense and Clemson’s defense.  Clemson will be the best defense [...]

By |2018-12-26T22:21:31+00:00December 27th, 2018|18S Reads|20 Comments

The B sample: Clemson and Ostarine

Since the recent Clemson announcement regarding the positive tests for anabolic agents by three of its players, there has been abundant wailing and gnashing of teeth, along with the usual twitter array of conspiracy theories and complaints of NCAA overreach.  Hair creams and tainted float tanks have been blamed in feeble attempts to excuse the [...]

By |2018-12-26T21:36:50+00:00December 26th, 2018|18S Reads|23 Comments

Scouting Report: Clemson’s Defense in College Station

Merry Christmas to all of our readers! Note, news broke Monday afternoon that 3 players, including Dexter Lawrence, failed drug tests due to the presence of the banned substance ostarine. It's unclear whether they will be playing in the Cotton Bowl as Clemson is appealing and hired representation for the athletes. Unless you've been living [...]

By |2018-12-24T21:39:48+00:00December 24th, 2018|Film Room|20 Comments

Expanding the Playoffs & Notre Dame

If you had 5 years in your office pool until the college football playoff expansion talk really started heating up please collect your prize now. The discussions have intensified this month with a handful of college leaders (most importantly conference commissioners) weighing in on expansion thus sending the media and college football fans abuzz. This [...]

By |2018-12-22T08:00:29+00:00December 22nd, 2018|Football|61 Comments

Scouting Report: Etienne & Clemson’s Power Spread

Reasonable minds may disagree but Clemson might have the perfect offense for the college game. They are one of only 2 Power 5 teams (Oklahoma being the other) to run for 3,000 yards while also passing for 3,000 yards this season. The Tigers offense is predicated on power and speed, length and agility, stressing the [...]

By |2018-12-20T08:41:10+00:00December 20th, 2018|Film Room|3 Comments

Advanced Stats Deep Dive: Clemson Offense vs. ND Defense

They've been great on paper, but they haven't faced a top-10 opponent like this in 2018. That statement applies to both the Clemson offense and Notre Dame defense, as both will raise the difficult setting considerably in the Cotton Bowl. Why Clemson's efficiency is underrated and will test Clark Lea's "bend but don't break" defense, [...]

By |2018-12-19T15:24:13+00:00December 19th, 2018|Football|6 Comments

Early Signing Day Arrives + 2020 Scholarship Needs

College football's plan to kill the real National Signing Day allow student-athletes to sign their binding Letter of Intent paperwork begins this Wednesday, December 19th and runs through Friday at the end of the week.  The early signing period is upon us and good news for Irish fans, all of the current Notre Dame commits [...]

By |2018-12-18T12:49:12+00:00December 18th, 2018|Recruiting|16 Comments

Dabo, Venables & the Death of Clemsoning

Notre Dame and Clemson will take the field in Arlington later this month in the Cotton Bowl college football semi-final. On January 7, 2013 Notre Dame suffered an embarrassing defeat at (then named) Sun Life Stadium while a year earlier on January 4, 2012 in the same stadium Clemson suffered their own shameful loss. Slumping [...]

By |2018-12-16T22:06:04+00:00December 16th, 2018|Football|34 Comments

Scouting Report: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence

Few athletes receive the hype that was placed upon Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Few players have matched the hype like Lawrence has through his first season for the Tigers. Coming off a high school career that saw him shatter nearly every Georgia state passing record held by former Clemson star Deshaun Watson, the presence [...]

By |2018-12-13T13:20:53+00:00December 13th, 2018|Film Room|17 Comments

Julian Love Just Misses Unanimous All-America Status

Julian Love almost became the 35th unanimous All-American in Notre Dame football history today. The Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, and the Sporting News had all previously named him to their first teams; the American Football Coaches Association was the final piece of the puzzle. As fate would [...]

By |2018-12-12T12:50:10+00:00December 12th, 2018|Football|5 Comments

Five Wide Fullbacks: Killing Time for the Playoffs

Welcome back to another edition of the internet's favorite question and answer article. Today we will tackle conference realignment, Irish recruiting, Brian Kelly in big games, draft stocks, and Brian VanGorder briefly leaving then coming right back to our lives again. 1) After laying dormant for a while the old conference realignment bug is beginning [...]

By |2018-12-12T11:11:32+00:00December 12th, 2018|Football|21 Comments