2018 Recruiting: CB Houston Griffith Commits to Notre Dame!

Elite defensive back Houston Griffith became the newest Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'1", 192-pound IMG prospect recently hosted Todd Lyght, decommitted from Florida State, hosted Brian Kelly and Mike Elko last week, and hosted Lyght again the other day. While Griffith hasn't trekked to [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|22 Comments

Torn on These Notre Dame Schedules

Recently, Notre Dame finalized the next 3 seasons worth of football schedules and they caused a bit of a stir. As I've been want to do in the pre-bowl run up I decided to sit on this topic and mull things over for a bit. This was an especially important topic to do so because [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Football|30 Comments

Football Banquet Recruiting Visitors

With 18 commitments already in the 2018 class, the list of football banquet recruiting visitors this year is centered more on camaraderie than progress. Even so, there are of course some uncommitted visitors in town who are key targets; unsurprisingly, they're all at positions of need in this class. The Irish staff will attempt to [...]

By | December 8th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|23 Comments

Uniform Concept: Layden Throwback

Today marks our 27th uniform concept for Notre Dame football and this will be the first of a multi-concept run from our graphic designer partner Clint Glaze. He's going to show off several concepts based on uniforms of Irish past. In terms of uniforms, the late Elmer Layden era at Notre Dame during the closing [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Football|4 Comments

Ranking the Bowl Games

The bowl season is set and so is the 4th edition of the College Football Playoff. In the end, the Crimson Tide get the controversial 4th seed over Ohio State as the committee just couldn't overlook that 31-point loss to Iowa. Ultimately, this means Alabama lost their final game of the season, didn't win their [...]

By | December 3rd, 2017|Football|128 Comments

Lessons Learned: Reviewing the Preseason Predictions

Well, this lessons learned session is going to be a little less fun than it seemed at the halfway point, but as promised, here we are to review our preseason predictions now that the regular season has wrapped up. The bowl game could change things slightly, but I don't think it would make a big [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Football|118 Comments

Uniform Concept: Tropical Irish

Today we move on to our 26th uniform concept for Notre Dame football. You may have noticed to this point that we're definitely stepping outside the box with some of these and one of the many ways to produce different concepts is to mess around with combinations of shades of colors. Today's effort is messing [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Football|10 Comments

Top 11+2+3 Poll, You Were Bad & Week 14 Preview

While we sit and wait for Notre Dame's bowl game to be announced we will satisfy ourselves with an enticing weekend of conference championship matchups. There's still much jockeying to go before the last College Football Playoff poll is announced next week. Top 11 1 Oklahoma (+1, 11-1, 59-31 W vs. West Virginia) The Sooners [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Football|12 Comments

Stanford Review: Hope is a Dangerous Thing

It was another annoying loss to Stanford dropping Notre Dame from a wind-in-their-sails 10-2 season and NY6 bowl appearance to a horrible taste in the mouth 9-3 season and a forgettable second-tier bowl game. This makes it 5 straight regular season finale losses for the Fighting Irish and the 23rd out of the last 24 [...]

By | November 26th, 2017|Football|112 Comments

What the Hell?: Stanford Instant Reaction

All week, ND players and coaches basically apologized for what happened in Miami 2 weeks ago. They swore up and down that this week of preparation went better leading up to a game the Irish had to win to make a New Year's 6 bowl. It seems pretty clear they were just trying to convince [...]

By | November 26th, 2017|18S Reads, Football|155 Comments

Stanford Preview

The Fighting Irish head to Palo Alto this Saturday with much on the line. Before we get into the deep stuff below, on the surface Notre Dame has lost its last 4 trips to Stanford which sucks really bad. The last time the Irish beat Stanford on the road the first edition of the iPhone [...]

By | November 23rd, 2017|Football|33 Comments

Five Wide Fullbacks: November Jobs Opening

You thought 5WF was completely out of your lives? Please don't ever think something like that would happen. We had to get one in during the football season before some juicy topics pass us by. To the questions we go. 1 Three high-profile jobs are open in Florida, Tennessee, and UCLA. Are the Gators easily [...]

By | November 22nd, 2017|Football|9 Comments

Notre Dame Players Comment After Senior Day Win Over Navy

If you were in the Navy Week Game Chat this past Saturday, you might have picked up that Murtaugh was able to hook me up with a sweet press pass for the game. It was a pretty cool experience. I got to see all the action of the game from a heated press box, I [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Football|10 Comments

Top 11+2+3 Poll, You Were Bad & Week 13 Preview

Just one more week in the regular season and the rankings here at 18 Stripes remain as steady as they have all season. Thanks primarily to a large buffet of cupcakes but this weekend brings rivalries a'plenty for your viewing pleasure. Top 11 1 Alabama (E, 11-0, 56-0 W vs. Mercer) Poor, Mercer. 2 Oklahoma [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Football|10 Comments

Navy Review: That’s So Middie

For a good long while it was shaping up to be a classic loss to Navy. The opponent was executing a time-sucking ball possession game perfectly. One good Notre Dame play was met with a momentum stopping positive play by Navy. Ball carriers were caught for little gain and wiggling free for positive yards. Previously [...]

By | November 19th, 2017|Football|75 Comments