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Wake Forest Preview: Booking a Trip to Winston-Salem

Notre Dame's most friendly new ACC brethren is back on the schedule once again. The Irish face Wake Forest for the 5th time in 8 years after previously spending over 100 years never having faced the Demon Deacons. Due to weird scheduling quirks this will break up 3 straight games in the series that took [...]

By |2018-09-20T21:35:21+00:00September 20th, 2018|Football|0 Comments

Vanderbilt Review: Taking Applications for a Passing Game

Notre Dame continues to search for something on offense. An identity perhaps. A game-breaker for sure. More consistency no doubt. For the third straight week another strong defensive effort began bursting at the seams as the Fighting Irish sweat out a comeback by an opponent that ultimately fell short for the bad guys. It's a [...]

By |2018-09-16T01:26:47+00:00September 16th, 2018|Football|144 Comments

Michigan Review: The Long Ride Back to Ann Arbor

Sometimes Notre Dame comes out for a football game not ready to answer the intensity and emotion of the big game spotlight. Saturday night was not one of those occasions. A strong start and stingy defense allowed the Fighting Irish to come up just short of a dominant but entirely controlling first half against the [...]

By |2018-09-02T14:31:02+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Football|47 Comments

Michigan Preview: Nearly the Rare Home Underdog Game

Following a lovely 4-year break we now welcome the odorous Michigan Wolverines back to Notre Dame once again. When we last saw the winged helmets the Irish delivered one of the sweetest victories this century, sending Michigan on its way to a 5-7 season and a firing of head coach Brady Hoke. Now, with the [...]

By |2018-08-29T22:04:12+00:00August 30th, 2018|Football|53 Comments

Predicting Yards Per Play Differential for 2018

Over the course of a season not many traditional stats remain relevant these days. One exception to this would be yards per play differential, a simple yet fairly effective metric on a macro-level. Consider this the antithesis to Michael Bryan's in-depth advanced preview from earlier this week. Over two years ago in the nascent days [...]

By |2018-08-21T20:14:14+00:00August 21st, 2018|Football|10 Comments

Shamrock Series Uniform: Swing and a Miss

The 8th Shamrock Series uniform, to be worn on November 17th against Syracuse inside Yankee Stadium, was unveiled this afternoon. There were whispers leading up to the announcement that the one-off uniform would lean heavily into the Bronx Bombers and in that regard they certainly did not disappoint. Let's grade this thing. Concept: F This [...]

By |2018-08-16T14:47:55+00:00August 16th, 2018|Football|20 Comments

Depth Chart: 12 Notes Heading into Michigan Prep

The last media viewing practice is in the books following Wednesday's workout for Fighting Irish football. From here, we'll get mostly silence as the team begins prep for the home opener against Michigan on September 1st. Until then, here's our last depth chart update. 1) The team appears to be exceedingly healthy so far through [...]

By |2018-08-15T23:40:34+00:00August 15th, 2018|Football|29 Comments