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|26 Comments

Now the Season Truly Begins: New Mexico Instant Reaction

With all due respect to the first two opponents on the Notre Dame schedule, everyone with a pulse knew in August that this season will likely be determined by what happens next Saturday at Georgia. Nothing has changed in that department after the Irish's 66-14 rout of New Mexico, a game that bore a slight [...]

By |2019-09-15T18:54:38-04:00September 14th, 2019|Football|20 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: A Massive, Avoidable Stumble

In week one, Notre Dame destroyed a decent Nevada squad 35-0 in South Bend. Ten years ago this week, the Irish traveled to Ann Arbor to take on RichRod's second Michigan team. A Forcier to be reckoned with? The 2008 Michigan Wolverines were a complete disaster, finishing 3-9 and losing five games by 18 or [...]

By |2019-09-11T16:51:28-04:00September 11th, 2019|18S Reads, Football|13 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

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: “It doesn’t get much better than that”

Last week, we set the stage for the 2009 football season and the wild ride ahead for Notre Dame. This week is game week, as the Irish took on the Nevada Wolf Pack on September 5th in South Bend. Here Comes the Pistol The teaser for this game mentioned Colin Kaepernick, who might be the [...]

By |2019-09-04T18:32:22-04:00September 4th, 2019|18S Reads, Football|18 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