2019 Recruiting: OLB Marist Liufau Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's recruiting machine added an unexpected piece today when linebacker Marist Liufau became the 20th member of the 2019 class. The 6'3", 210-pound Hawaiian wasn't on the radar of any casual fans and, in fact, many more dedicated recruitniks. He was, however, just on campus for an official visit, so he was quite clearly [...]

By |2018-11-14T22:53:52+00:00November 14th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|24 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 11

Welcome back to the playoff big board! Another week that was chalk for our contenders... Our board will consist of all ranked undefeated teams and all ranked one-loss Power 5 teams from the the playoff committee rankings. I define "resume wins" for our purposes as wins over currently-ranked teams; it gets too complicated to project [...]

By |2018-11-13T21:40:11+00:00November 13th, 2018|Football|1 Comment

Florida State Review: Seminoles Trampled Under Foot

Notre Dame barely could've scripted a better start to Saturday's game forcing a turnover on the second play from scrimmage and quickly jumping out to a 17-0 lead just over halfway through the 1st quarter. It was never close beyond Florida State closing the gap briefly to 11 points before the Irish ran away with [...]

By |2018-11-11T14:03:13+00:00November 11th, 2018|Football|23 Comments

10 Wins Again: Florida State Instant Reaction

Notre Dame won on Senior Day and it wasn't close. An interception by the forgotten Nick Coleman on Florida State's first series brought the ball deep into Seminole territory. From there, the Irish would score and the route was on inside a frigid Notre Dame Stadium. Run Game Stepped Up (and On FSU) The Irish [...]

By |2018-11-10T23:27:17+00:00November 10th, 2018|Football|42 Comments

Florida State Preview: Talking ‘Bout Their Woes

It seems just like yesterday that Florida State was no longer the 9-win team incapable of breaking through and suddenly had morphed into an elite National Championship team. There was a time from mid-2011 through mid-2015 that the Seminoles were on a scorching hot 52-4 run that probably isn't fully appreciated yet historically. Today, things [...]

By |2018-11-08T13:56:52+00:00November 8th, 2018|Football|72 Comments

How can Brandon Wimbush lead the ND offense?

This morning Irish Sports Daily broke the news that Ian Book will not play Saturday against Florida State. Brian Kelly will address the injury at his press conference today and likely provide additional details, but according to the ISD report Book "suffered multiple injuries to his midsection" in the Northwestern game, and a timetable for his [...]

By |2018-11-08T12:12:26+00:00November 8th, 2018|Football|17 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 10

Welcome back to the playoff big board! Our board will consist of all ranked undefeated teams and all ranked one-loss Power 5 teams from the the playoff committee rankings. With the playoff rankings out now, I've changed the board format from undefeated/one-loss to in-the-playoff/in-the-conversation. I define "resume wins" for our purposes as wins over currently-ranked teams; [...]

By |2018-11-06T23:09:38+00:00November 6th, 2018|Football|2 Comments

Northwestern Review: Taking Possession of Chicago

Northwestern opened up the upset playbook on Saturday night, covered several pages, then found out their game plan had limits as the Fighting Irish talent was too much to overcome. With moments of dominance, Notre Dame's 9th win of the season was sprinkled in with lots of frustration in a close game until a gut-check [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:33:28+00:00November 4th, 2018|Football|81 Comments

Just Keep Winning: Northwestern Instant Reaction

Notre Dame beat Northwestern, 31-21. To paraphrase our old friend Dory, "Just keep winning, just keep winning, just keep winning, winning, winning..." This game shifted back and forth a few times, seemingly at random. One minute it was a dogfight. Then it was a ND blowout in the making. Then it was a slog. Then [...]

By |2018-11-03T23:41:16+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Football|47 Comments

Northwestern Preview: A Night in Evanston

The rivalry with Northwestern that was prevalent in the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 60's, and 70's has made a little comeback. On Saturday, the Irish will face the Wildcats for the second time in 5 whole years. Even better, this will be Notre Dame's first trip to Northwestern's campus since 1976. Notre Dame (-10) at Northwestern [...]

By |2018-11-02T08:56:08+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Football|23 Comments