10 (non-BK) Coaches to Watch in 2017

Every season the coaching carousel seems to escalate the craziness, and 2016-2017 was no exception. Two gigantic openings were filled at LSU and Texas, and several hot commodities like PJ Fleck, Willie Taggart, and Matt Rhule made jumps to Power 5 conferences. Excluding Brian Kelly, who would certainly make this list if he weren't already [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:05-04:00July 19th, 2017|18S Reads|18 Comments

Five Factors Review: Miami

The Irish outplayed Miami in the traditional phases of the game, but special teams blunders let the Hurricanes almost steal a win anyway. Breaking down an overall encouraging performance for Notre Dame with the five factors that lead to winning football games. Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Explosiveness Let’s talk about the good [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:50-04:00November 1st, 2016|Football|13 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Miami

Previewing the advanced stats of Miami in Notre Dame in a game renewing an old rivalry. Brad Kaaya versus DeShone Kizer! 2-5 vs. 4-3! Feel the excitement! If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, and Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings. Miami Offense [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:51-04:00October 28th, 2016|Football|2 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Stanford

Previewing a rivalry game between Notre Dame and Stanford that now looks like a temporary lifesaver for the winner and another nail in the coffin for the loser. If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, and Brian Fremeau’s [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:53-04:00October 14th, 2016|Football|10 Comments

Five Factors Review: NC State

Storm clouds keep gathering over the Notre Dame football program after a 10-3 loss at NC State. Taking a look at run/pass splits and success rates, and how the Irish missed opportunities to capitalize on field position advantages. Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Explosiveness Let’s get this out of the way first – [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:53-04:00October 11th, 2016|Football|1 Comment

Advanced Stats Preview: Syracuse

Praying that the defense will have better luck against this Art Briles disciple than the last one, and anticipating a shootout with two defenses that have been shredded by every good offense they've encountered. If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:59-04:00September 30th, 2016|18S Reads|7 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Duke

Our advanced stats preview takes a look at Notre Dame versus Duke as the Irish try to rebound from a 1-2 start. If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, and Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings. Duke Offense vs. Notre [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:27:00-04:00September 23rd, 2016|Football|6 Comments

Aliz’e Jones This Year’s Academic Casualty

Notre Dame sophomore tight end Aliz'e Jones will miss the entire season due to academic issues, coach Brian Kelly confirmed this afternoon. Jones will be allowed to practice with the team, but not play. Jones, a huge recruit in ND's 2015 class, started five games last year and caught 13 passes for 190 yards. However, [...]

By |2016-08-03T19:43:58-04:00August 3rd, 2016|18S Reads, Football|27 Comments

Film Room: Texas Offensive Preview Part 2

Welcome to part two of my preview of the Texas Longhorns offense.  You can check out part one here. After taking a high-level view of new Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense at Tulsa, today we’ll dig into the actual x’s and o’s. First, let’s get one thing out the way.  If you are as [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:27:13-04:00July 28th, 2016|18S Reads, Film Room, Football|4 Comments

Why Play Michigan?

Notre Dame fans, especially scheduling buffs like myself, are already very familiar with the recent chatter that the Notre Dame/Michigan football series, left for dead as recently as 2014 when ND won the final scheduled game 37-0 (#RememberThe6), looks to be on its way back. Both sides have expressed interest in scheduling a future series, [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:27:17-04:00July 6th, 2016|Football|12 Comments