Irish “Rush 4 Gold” as Under Armour’s 1st Playoff Team

The Nike hegemony in the College Football Playoff is over. With Notre Dame's bid as the 3 seed the little private school in northern Indiana becomes the first Under Armour partner to participate in the national semifinals. To mark such an occasion, the Fighting Irish will be sporting special uniforms when they take the field [...]

By |2018-12-08T00:12:46+00:00December 8th, 2018|Football|10 Comments

Advanced Stats Deep Dive: Notre Dame Offense vs Clemson Defense

Wrapping up the advanced stats from Notre Dame's regular season with an eye toward Clemson - how can the Irish move the ball on the nation's top defense? The numbers provide strong evidence that it's time for Ian Book to really air it out. Irish Run Offense vs.  Clemson Run Defense Running into an orange [...]

By |2018-12-05T22:30:44+00:00December 5th, 2018|Football|34 Comments

What Though the Odds Be Great or Small

In Brian Kelly's 9th season the Fighting Irish become the 10th college program to earn a bid to the playoffs joining Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia, Washington, and Florida State. So now, Notre Dame has joined an exclusive club. My first thought after surveying the landscape with 26 days remaining until [...]

By |2018-12-03T22:03:52+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Football|37 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 14

Welcome back to the playoff big board! We had to sweat more than we wanted, but this became a phenomenal weekend for the Irish faithful: We're in, and Michigan sucks. Q.E.D. 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 [...]

By |2018-11-28T11:50:55+00:00November 27th, 2018|Football|10 Comments

Put It In The Books: Closing Out The Preseason Predictions

As we nestle into the halfway point of the season, we notice that it's time to revisit our predictions from our staff and commentariat polls right before the season started. No doubt you remember our hilarious, Caddyshack-themed 2018 preseason prediction post. Well, good news folks;  now that 12-0 is in the books... I almost included this [...]

By |2018-11-27T13:26:28+00:00November 27th, 2018|Football|6 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 13

Welcome back to the playoff big board! One fringe contender fell by the wayside and one more very nearly did, and a couple of serious contenders looked sluggish before taking care of business. You know who didn’t fall into either category? Yeah, you know who... The astute among you may notice that last week’s post [...]

By |2018-11-20T23:34:08+00:00November 20th, 2018|Football|27 Comments