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18 Stripes NFL Round 1 Mock Draft

There are a couple super important things to remember when it comes to a college football writer covering the NFL Draft. First off, I've accurately assessed all of your favorite NFL teams weaknesses and needs. I spent a good 45 minutes looking over depth charts, salary caps, and off-season acquisitions. Secondly, due to my hard [...]

By | April 26th, 2018|Football|2 Comments

18S Films: 7 Highlighted Plays from the Spring Game

We haven't opened the doors to the 18 Stripes Film Room in a while and with actual football (we can call it this, right?) being played inside Notre Dame Stadium recently I thought it was a good time to take a look at 7 plays that caught my eye early on in the spring game. [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Film Room|7 Comments

20 Takeaways from the Blue-Gold Game

On an overcast South Bend afternoon the Blue (offense) team defeated the Gold (defense) team 47-44 in another edition of the Notre Dame spring game. As per usual, they jammed in a whole slew of plays at a blistering pace (123 from scrimmage) even with running 12-minute quarters in the second half. Many plays, a [...]

By | April 22nd, 2018|Football|20 Comments

Spring Game Preview

The 89th annual Blue-Gold Game will be held inside Notre Dame this Saturday (12:30 PM ET NBC Sports Network) marking an official close to yet another spring football campaign. The Fighting Irish have had an unseasonably quiet spring coming off a 10-win season, solid recruiting finish, with most of the drama saved for off-season coaching [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|Football|6 Comments

Notes on Needing Exceptional Quarterback Play

Recently our friend and former contributor Jamie Uyeyama wrote a piece for Irish Sports Daily on the Irish running game regression during the final quarter of the 2017 season. It's highly recommended reading for any Notre Dame fan. Jamie describes how it was a "mixture of technical precision, schematic deception, and high-level execution" that led [...]

By | April 17th, 2018|Football|55 Comments

Spring Practice Report: The Final Viewing

The Fighting Irish will have 2 more practices this week and allowed the media to watch the final open workout of spring this past weekend. We've now seen the team for the last time before Saturday's upcoming Blue-Gold Game from Notre Dame Stadium which you can watch on NBC Sports from 12:30 to 2:30 PM [...]

By | April 14th, 2018|Football|18 Comments

Heisman Odds: Take a Running Back?

We're in a bit of a boom of running backs in college football as 5 out of the 10 Heisman finalists last year came from that position. Only 2 out of those 5 return to the college game in 2018 but they are among the heavy favorites to take home the hardware this fall while [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|Football|11 Comments

Spring Practice Report: Appraise Without Hayes

We are finally entering the home stretch for spring football as the Fighting Irish finished their second-to-last full media viewing practice on Saturday. The team will take the practice field 5 more times overall with another full viewing this upcoming Saturday before the Blue-Gold Game on April 21st. Yes, this means spring practice has been [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|Football|13 Comments

The Hottest Take: 5 Reasons Lou Holtz Was Bad for Notre Dame

Lou Holtz occupies a strange place in Notre Dame lore. I was recently thinking about him after debating Muffet McGraw's place in the pantheon of Fighting Irish coaches while Holtz wasn't even mentioned mostly due to the fact that he didn't meet the qualifying 2 championship criteria. We're now reaching the age where Holtz' tenure [...]

By | April 6th, 2018|Football|24 Comments

Uniform Concept: A Green Helmet Appears

Coming off our previous black-heavy St. Patrick's Day concept we return to the more comfortable green roots for the 37th Notre Dame concept by 18 Stripes. Today's effort was attempting two things. One, to put together the first green helmet in our portfolio. Two, mix green with gold and yellow. At first glance, this combination [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Football|11 Comments

Muffet McGraw: Best Ever?

Any coach who wins a National Title at Notre Dame permanently etches their name in the tradition-laden halls of campus athletics. For Muffet McGraw that time came nearly two decades ago with a then program record 34 wins on the way to a championship. In recent years, McGraw was pushing through numerous boundaries, taking the [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|Basketball|32 Comments

The Worst Irish Defensive Performances, 2010-17

This two-part series began with a look at some of the best defensive performances which hopefully brought back some good memories. Now, it's time for the pain. The Defensive Coordinators: Bob Diaco: 37-15 (.711) Brian VanGorder: 19-11 (.633) Greg Hudson (interim): 3-5 (.375) Mike Elko: 10-3 (.769) Worst Performance Against an Elite Offense Bronze Medal: [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Football|14 Comments

Spring Practice: 8 Storylines Following Full Media Viewing

Notre Dame wrapped up its 5th practice of spring ball this past Saturday with full media viewing privileges for those in attendance. The Irish will practice twice more this week and then take another week-long break before finishing up the remaining 7 workouts culminating in the Blue-Gold Game on April 21st. We're about 33% of [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|Football|8 Comments

The Best Irish Defensive Performances, 2010-17

Today kicks off a small off-season project winding my way through the best and worst defensive efforts of the Brian Kelly era. Part one will look at some of the best performances and hopefully provide us plenty of good memories. I will be using S&P+ rankings throughout this whole series as the anchor for discussion. The [...]

By | March 22nd, 2018|Football|10 Comments

Reviewing the 2017 Redshirts: Offense

As spring practice opens back up again--the team was off for almost 2 weeks--I'm taking the opportunity to Review the Redshirts and lumping all of the offensive players together. We only have 5 players to profile today including one player who could be walking into the starting lineup very soon. QB/WR Avery Davis Composite Score: [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|Football|21 Comments