Six Years of the CFB Playoff: Ranking the Teams (8-1)

These are the top eight teams to make the playoff using the criteria I invented. If you missed the first two installment of this series, you can find 24-17 here and 16-9 here. Here is a quick reminder of the criteria set out for ranking these teams: Overall ranking is an average of SP+, FEI, [...]

By |2020-03-23T14:00:47-04:00March 23rd, 2020|18S Reads, Football|4 Comments

Six Years of the CFB Playoff: Ranking the Teams (16-9)

This is the second installment of the CFB Playoff Team rankings, you can find the first one right here. Here's a reminder of the criteria I'm using for these rankings: Overall ranking is an average of SP+, FEI, and ESPN FPI from that respective season. Same goes for the offense and defense ranking. Margin of [...]

By |2020-03-16T09:51:24-04:00March 16th, 2020|18S Reads, Football|4 Comments

Six Years of the CFB Playoff: Ranking the Teams (24-17)

The 2020-2021 season (assuming that it still happens) will mark the seventh year of the College Football Playoff. With six years of data under our belts and a national quarantine underway, now is as good a time as ever to draw some sweeping conclusions in an 18S series about what it takes to be a [...]

By |2020-03-14T16:53:37-04:00March 13th, 2020|18S Reads, Football|2 Comments

Notre Dame Spring Football: 13 Top Stories After the Opening Practice

Fighting Irish football won't be back on the field for nearly 2 weeks. Before they went into this godforsaken long break the media was able to witness one practice only in shells. In such situations very little can be learned from one isolated practice but here at 18 Stripes we make it our goal to [...]

By |2020-03-06T10:49:18-05:00March 6th, 2020|Football|3 Comments

Notre Dame Spring Practice Preview: Offense

Spring practice begins this Thursday and plenty of questions remain for an offense bringing back a ton of experience at quarterback and offensive line but dealing with injuries with the latter position. Will Notre Dame be able to use these 15 workouts to establish an identity and pecking order for the rest of the roster, [...]

By |2020-03-02T09:11:58-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Football|11 Comments

NFL Scouting Report: CB Troy Pride

So far in this series we've detailed the pro prospects for Notre Dame's slot receiver, Buck linebacker, and starting tight end. Up next, a blazing fast cornerback coming off a slightly disappointing senior season but going into workout season with a quickly improving stock. SPECS Name: Troy Pride Position: CB Height: 5-11 1/2 Weight: 194 [...]

By |2020-02-26T08:37:30-05:00February 26th, 2020|Football|1 Comment