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

Advanced Stats Review: Vanderbilt

S&P+ gave Vanderbilt a 56% post-game win probability based on an advantage in yards per play, more scoring opportunities, and perceived poor turnover luck. An efficiency edge and slightly better performance converting scoring opportunities (even though it was ugly) saved Notre Dame is this one.  Confused? Check out this advanced stats glossary. Efficiency Vanderbilt’s defense is [...]

By |2018-09-18T20:57:19+00:00September 18th, 2018|Football|99 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

Unanswered Questions: Vanderbilt Instant Reaction

The talk about Notre Dame going into the 2018 season at least partially revolved around whether the defense might be as talented as the 2012 unit that propelled the Irish to a 12-0 regular season. Through three games, we don't have a clear answer on that question, but the season as a whole sure seems [...]

By |2018-09-15T18:56:52+00:00September 15th, 2018|Football|47 Comments

2019 Recruiting: WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman Commits to Notre Dame

Kendall Abdur-Rahman boosted Notre Dame's 2019 offensive skill position group when he announced for the Irish today. The tea leaves suggested Notre Dame made a big move for the 6'1", 180-pound Illinois product on his official visit for the Michigan game; today, it seems like those suggestions were dead on. Abdur-Rahman keeps things extremely close [...]

By |2018-09-09T22:23:58+00:00September 9th, 2018|Football|14 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