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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

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

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

Irish “Rush 4 Gold” as Under Armour’s 1st Playoff Team

The Nike hegemony in the College Football Playoff is over. With Notre Dame's bid as the 3 seed the little private school in northern Indiana becomes the first Under Armour partner to participate in the national semifinals. To mark such an occasion, the Fighting Irish will be sporting special uniforms when they take the field [...]

By |2018-12-08T00:12:46+00:00December 8th, 2018|Football|10 Comments

What Though the Odds Be Great or Small

In Brian Kelly's 9th season the Fighting Irish become the 10th college program to earn a bid to the playoffs joining Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia, Washington, and Florida State. So now, Notre Dame has joined an exclusive club. My first thought after surveying the landscape with 26 days remaining until [...]

By |2018-12-03T22:03:52+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Football|37 Comments