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Elusive Rating: How to Save the 2019 Irish Run Game

My thesis is simple: Too much praise and blame is assigned to the offensive line and play-calling while not enough (especially blame) at the running back position when things go wrong or right. No other position has been subject to so much hyperbole and shallow commentary, all while being attached to the success of other [...]

By |2019-09-16T20:12:57-04:00September 16th, 2019|Football|24 Comments

18S Top 20 Poll: LSU Has Entered the (Title) Chat

While Notre Dame enjoyed some cheeseburgers most of the rest of the country battled it out on the gridiron. Last week we learned the bottom of the SEC had a rough start, however, week two brought us the return quite possibly of a dominant LSU program that hasn't really been an elite team since 2011. [...]

By |2019-09-11T08:58:12-04:00September 11th, 2019|Football|7 Comments

A Quick Word on Notre Dame’s SP+ Historical Percentile Rating

Bill Connelly, formerly of SB Nation and now with ESPN, was releasing historical SP+ ratings on Twitter in recent weeks that are a really fun look at how college football teams have progressed (or not!) over the years. Here are some thoughts about Notre Dame's graph that caught my attention for this storied program we [...]

By |2019-09-09T22:20:05-04:00September 9th, 2019|Football|9 Comments

Film Room: Getting Book Comfortable Again

During the spring I highlighted 6 snaps from the loss to Clemson where Ian Book needed to calm down and trust himself more in the pocket. His skill-set is such that his optimal performances happen when he's able to deliver the ball accurately, on time, while allowing pass catchers to continue down field without breaking [...]

By |2019-09-06T10:29:14-04:00September 6th, 2019|Football|38 Comments

Louisville Review: A Road Win with Questions Aplenty

Notre Dame found itself amidst a frenzied Labor Day crowd on Monday night cheering on a rejuvenated Louisville program shaking off the shackles of the Petrino/VanGorder 2018 season. After the 1st quarter in a tight contest it looked like the Irish defense was lost which then bled over to the offense. The Irish did settle [...]

By |2019-09-03T19:29:14-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Football|39 Comments

Louisville Preview: A Recovering Wounded Bird

You'd think Brian VanGorder's stock couldn't get any lower after 2018, yet he's still coaching at 60 years old and became Bowling Green's defensive coordinator this off-season--a team the Irish will face in week 6, no less. The former Notre Dame defensive coordinator spent one devastatingly poor season at Louisville a year ago leaving behind [...]

By |2019-08-30T21:52:32-04:00August 31st, 2019|Football|5 Comments

The 2019 Irish Football Depth Chart, Plus Stock Report

Notre Dame is set to open the season on Labor Day evening live from Louisville. As usual, it's been a long off-season and yet a pretty quiet one until August camp began and more news items started hitting the Irish landscape. Before the ball kicks off I wanted to recap some of the things going [...]

By |2019-08-28T13:29:39-04:00August 28th, 2019|Football|10 Comments

Fall Camp Report: 2019 Personnel Coming into Focus

This will be our last practice report for the year as Wednesday was the final full practice viewing by the media before the season begins at Louisville. Accordingly, the Irish have transitioned from fall camp to preparations for the Cardinals which usually indicates the roster and depth chart are pretty solidified for the upcoming September [...]

By |2019-08-21T20:59:46-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Football|13 Comments

Fall Camp Report: The Top 5 Storylines Through 12 Practices

Notre Dame has finished up 12 sets of fall camp practices following a full media viewing workout inside the stadium on Saturday. As we head towards the home stretch of camp before the opener at Louisville here's the top story lines surrounding the Irish football team. The Receiving Corps is Thinned Out Bad injury news [...]

By |2019-08-18T21:15:00-04:00August 18th, 2019|Football|14 Comments