The 30 Best (and Occasionally Weird) Football Uniforms from 2018

The 2018 season was quietly one of the best in recent memory for college football uniforms. No, not because of Notre Dame's Yankee-inspired offering from the Syracuse game which we can confirm caused Under Armour stock to plunge 4%* for being so absurd. Sure, we're still in the throes of Black for Black's Sake, random [...]

By |2019-01-17T08:16:32-04:00January 17th, 2019|Football|12 Comments

The Notre Dame 2019 Football Schedule: It’s Never Too Early

The Notre Dame 2019 football schedule looks more formidable than 2018's ended up being. Even so, and even acknowledging that spring ball and fall camp can change the picture substantially for everyone, it also looks manageable. Road dates at Georgia, Michigan, and Stanford loom large now. Virginia Tech could be in for a big rebound. [...]

By |2019-01-11T06:31:43-04:00January 10th, 2019|Football|23 Comments

Justice Served: Rocket Finally in the Hall of Fame

To me, Rocket Ismail is the embodiment of Notre Dame football. I was a bit too young to live through the Tim Brown era--and while I have vague memories of the 1988 National Championship--it had already been placed in my brain that winning was normal for the Fighting Irish. To be expected, right? Tuesday, January [...]

By |2019-01-07T20:28:27-04:00January 8th, 2019|Football|16 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 |2018-12-22T08:00:29-04:00December 22nd, 2018|Football|61 Comments

Advanced Stats Deep Dive: Clemson Offense vs. ND Defense

They've been great on paper, but they haven't faced a top-10 opponent like this in 2018. That statement applies to both the Clemson offense and Notre Dame defense, as both will raise the difficult setting considerably in the Cotton Bowl. Why Clemson's efficiency is underrated and will test Clark Lea's "bend but don't break" defense, [...]

By |2018-12-19T15:24:13-04:00December 19th, 2018|Football|6 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 |2018-12-16T22:06:04-04:00December 16th, 2018|Football|34 Comments

Julian Love Just Misses Unanimous All-America Status

Julian Love almost became the 35th unanimous All-American in Notre Dame football history today. The Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, and the Sporting News had all previously named him to their first teams; the American Football Coaches Association was the final piece of the puzzle. As fate would [...]

By |2018-12-12T12:50:10-04:00December 12th, 2018|Football|5 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 |2018-12-12T11:11:32-04:00December 12th, 2018|Football|21 Comments