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Anthony Pilcher


Anthony is two-time Notre Dame graduate with a strong interest for Fighting Irish football. He specializes in statistics as well as X's and O's, thoroughly enjoying the schematic chess matches that play out over the course of the game. Anthony has been published at Blue and Gold Illustrated as well as in the Maple Street Press annual Notre Dame preview magazine Here Come The Irish. He is also the co-creator of the AV Ranking (AVR), a computer football ranking system published on Clashmore Mike and used to monitor the national college football landscape.


Miscellany, Off-Season »

January 16th, 2009 · 13,783 views
Offensive Philosophy and Play-Calling: The Weisian Approach

The off-season is here, and, save a few recruiting tidbits and coaching changes, there isn’t much for Irish fans to talk about.

In light of this, I’ve decided to dissect some of the offensive woes for Notre Dame the past two seasons. Even though Notre Dame’s offense exploded to destroy Hawaii in their season finale, many Irish faithful have lamented over the ineptitude displayed in …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

January 6th, 2009 · 2,287 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Hawaii

Better late than never I guess…

The Fighting Irish played arguably the best 60 minutes of football in the past 24 games Christmas Eve, beating the Hawaii Warriors in all three phases of the game.

Notre Dame dominated in time of possession (33 to 27 minutes), total offense (478 to 359 yards), average yards per play (7.7 to 5.6 yards per play), passing yards (413 …

Miscellany, News, Statistics »

December 18th, 2008 · 2,399 views
Pre-Season Polls: What Happened to the Bulldogs?

Most pre-season prognosticators had the Georgia Bulldogs atop the polls to start the year. A strong finish to the 2007 season coupled with incumbent quarterback Matthew Stafford, star running back Knowshon Moreno, and freshman phenom A.J. Green led many to believe the Bulldogs had the inside track at the national championship.

Obviously, the crystal football will not reside in Athens at the end of the …

Miscellany, Statistics »

December 14th, 2008 · 2,927 views
How Good Are the Irish? A Year-End Defensive Statistical Review

With the offense out of the way, it’s time to move on to the defense.

For comparison purposes, the mid-year defensive review can be found here. The numbers haven’t changed appreciably, neither has the season story for the defense.

Most pre-season prognosticators believed the Achilles’ heel of the Irish defense would be stopping the run. While the numbers show this to be a weakness, the …

Miscellany, Statistics »

December 12th, 2008 · 3,462 views
How Good Are the Irish? A Year-End Offensive Statistical Review

Notre Dame has concluded their regular season, and a reflection on the Irish offense’s progress (or lack thereof) is warranted. The mid-year numbers are here, and this analysis was performed in similar fashion by benchmarking against the competition.

Facing the 73rd toughest AV Ranking strength of schedule, the Irish only managed to go 6-6. But more troubling than winning only half their games against a …

Miscellany, News, Statistics »

December 9th, 2008 · 3,053 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Fifteen and BCS Championship Predictions

Disclaimer: The following is not intended for betting purposes.

The AV Ranking was two for three in conference championship picks from last week. It was much less accurate, however, predicting the odds of beating the spreads.

While the AV Ranking was able to successfully predict Oklahoma beating the 17 point spread in the Big 12 championship, it failed to predict Florida beating the spread …

Miscellany, Personnel, Recruiting, Staff »

December 7th, 2008 · 2,986 views
The Great Weis Failure Theory

The Fighting Irish limped through their season finale against USC last Saturday. The game proved to be a resounding exclamation point to a dismal second-half season and sparked a frenzy of conjecture over the future of embattled head coach Charlie Weis.

Media pundits, Irish haters, and loyal fans all have opinions. The pundits compare his record to that of his predecessors as ample evidence to …

Miscellany, News, Statistics »

December 1st, 2008 · 2,036 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Fourteen and Conference Championship Predictions

Disclaimer: the following is not intended for betting purposes.

As promised here and here, this week the AV ranking will be used to predict the Big 12, ACC, and SEC conference championship games. Forgetting for the moment that the AV Ranking would have put Texas in the Big 12 championship over Oklahoma, these conference championship games feature the following opponents:

Big 12: Missouri vs. …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

December 1st, 2008 · 2,354 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. USC

To put it mildly, USC had their way with the visiting Fighting Irish. In most games you can find a silver lining, but in this contest looking for good in the Irish performance is an exercise in futility.

While Notre Dame stayed even in turnover margin, they failed to enter the red zone, held the ball for over eight minutes less than their Trojan counterparts, …

Miscellany, News, Statistics »

November 25th, 2008 · 1,750 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Thirteen

The season is winding down and the BCS picture is becoming more and more clear. With so many one-loss teams a controversy is brewing, but a lot (albeit not all) should be settled with the conference championships.

Visit these links to see the prior releases of the ESP for weeks eight, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve. After next week the AV Ranking will be used …