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We take a pre-Spring Practice look at the putative defensive starters. This may well change during Spring practice or in the Fall. The middle linebacker situation remains fluid, but suddently there are options, arguably including Nyles Morgan, Joe Schmidt, Jarrett Grace, Tevon Coney and even Michael Deeb. If the names below seem familiar it is […]
It’s different this time, with no Big Ten teams on the schedule. There are six ACC teams on the schedule. The Irish departure from the Big Ten is unequivocal. The 2015 Notre Dame schedule isn’t your father’s Irish schedule.
To understand the extent and the spacing of Notre Dame’s current depth, let’s jump past the 2015 season and go right to the Spring of 2016, some 14 months from now.
In the first four years of the Kelly hegemony, the Fighting Irish offense averaged 27.1 points per game. The Irish averaged 161 yards rushing and 246 yards per game passing for a total offense of 407 yards per game. In 2014, Kelly installed Mike Denbrock as de jure Offensive Coordinator, but made himself the play […]
Three overarching factors will impact the 2015 Fighting Irish Defense. First, it is the second year of the Brian Van Gorder defense. While Van Gorder and Kelly, for counter-espionage reasons, attempted to downplay the extent of the retooling, it was a complete and radical overhaul. When the change was made from the Diaco 3-4 to […]
Hard by the banks of the Cumberland River, and in easy walking distance of the cathedral of country music, the Ryman Aauditorium, the Fighting Irish defeated those long, thick, swift men from LSU 31-28. It was Notre Dame’s 8th win of the season and the first since beating Navy on November 1st. It was a […]
Eight of Notre Dame’s scheduled opponents for 2015 are playing in bowl games. Virginia, UMass, Temple and Wake Forest are not. We list them chronologically, with some possible points of observation and analysis. NAVY v. San Diego State, Poinsettia, Tue, Dec. 23, 9:30 NYC time 7-5 Navy, which has been defeated four times in a […]
Ugliness, embarrassment, second disaster of the year. USC, resisting the temptation to run up the score, buried the Irish 49-14, sending the Irish to its first four game losing streak since 2009, and its biggest loss since 2008. Steve Sarkisian was able to bequeath the very accurate Cody Kessler, able to function calmly without a […]
NOTRE DAME has won four national championships in the post-Leahy era: 1) 1966, 2) 1973, 3) 1977, .and 4) 1988. There were myriad near-misses: ’64, ’70, ’80, ’89, ’93, ’12. While past performance is never a guarantee of future results, there was an eerily similar pattern in the year PRIOR to the four championship years. Three common themes: […]
The Fighting Irish lost their third straight game as the Louisville Cardinals befouled Senior Day, 31-28. It is axiomatic to football’s unforgiving math that a team’s stronger units must compensate for its weaker units. In 2012, Notre Dame’s fierce defense carried a young offense on the defense’s back to a 12-0 season and the National […]
With Louisville coming in on Saturday, the 22d, Louisvillians will mark this as their first visit to South Bend for football purposes. But over 60 years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a native son of Louisville found his way to South Bend for a little football.
Northwestern beat Notre Dame 43-40 in a game that was as repulsive in its unfolding as the result. It was a bad loss to a bad football team, which may be weaker than Tulsa 2010 or USF 2011. The Fighting Irish played hard, but with shattered confidence. Irish fear and doubt may have been Northwestern’s most valuable assets.
On a weekend when the sports media bubbled over with Veteran’s Day references, Notre Dame’s offense, in whole and in part, was simply overrun by Arizona State’s blitz package. It involved as much shock, awe, cost and casualty, discounting for the fact that football remains a delightful, but essentially, extracurricular, activity, as North Viet Nam’s […]
The Fighting Irish squeaked past Navy 49-39 in a weird affair that more closely resembled a Halloween House of Horrors than a first rate triumph by an outstanding team.
With seven games behind us it’s time for the Midyear Report. ASSETS/LIMITATIONS: THE UNITS We rank the units according to three categories: FINAL FOUR MAJOR BOWL BOWL This is primarily an evaluation of asset potential and value in the future, albeit based on past results along with other factors that can influence the future performance […]