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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, News, Statistics »

November 4th, 2008 · 1,483 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Ten

It’s week ten of the ESP and week three of the BCS Standings. A comparison of the ESP and AV Ranking follows.

Elite Selection Playoff

For the second week in a row the top five of the ESP are identical to the BCS Standings. Despite the loss, Texas only dropped three spots. This is in no small part to the quality of teams they have …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

November 4th, 2008 · 2,034 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

It was really a game of two halves (and four overtimes) for Notre Dame Saturday. Through two quarters of play the Irish held a three-minute time of possession advantage, outgained Pittsburgh 240 to 71 yards, and secured a two-touchdown lead. From the third quarter on Pitt reversed the fortunes, outgaining Notre Dame 275 to 146 yards.

Ironically enough, there were no strong statistical indicators Notre …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

October 30th, 2008 · 1,717 views
Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh: Keys to an Irish Win

After routing the Huskies to start the second half of their season, Notre Dame welcomes Pittsburgh to South Bend. The visiting Panthers enter the contest with a 5-2 record, 28 the AV Ranking, and impressive resume. Although potentially untested (70th ranked AV strength of schedule, Pittsburgh is respectable in most statistical categories.

The most glaring weakness of the upcoming Irish opponent is a –6 in …

Game Coverage, Personnel, Statistics »

October 28th, 2008 · 2,032 views
Let’s Get Husky, Notre Dame vs. Washington News and Notes

Charting the Irish offense from Saturday’s game against Washington leads to some interesting results. Namely, the Irish still frequently give away their run/pass intention prior to snapping the ball.

While offensive coordinator Mike Haywood had arguably his best play calling game of the year, the Irish are extremely predictable based on personnel grouping and formation. In other words, Saturday’s contest against the Huskies was more …

Miscellany, News, Statistics »

October 27th, 2008 · 1,658 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Nine

It’s week nine of the ESP and week two of the BCS Standings. A comparison of the ESP and AV Ranking follows.

Elite Selection Playoff

The past few weeks have seen some movement at the top but the really surprising thing is the number of teams in the top 25 of the ESP that aren’t from BCS conferences.

Boise State (10), Utah (11), TCU (13), …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

October 26th, 2008 · 2,042 views
Statistically Speaking:  Notre Dame vs. Washington

Notre Dame owned an edge in nearly every statistical category in their 33-7 win over the Washington Huskies. The Irish offense didn’t punt once, and the defense limited the Huskies to only a few first downs through every meaningful minute of play.

The Irish had nearly a 15 minute edge in time of possession, was perfect scoring in four red zone attempts, only turned the …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

October 23rd, 2008 · 1,856 views
Notre Dame vs. Washington: Keys to an Irish Win

Coming off a bye week Notre Dame travels to Seattle to face the win-less Washington Huskies. With the memory of a mistake-ridden loss to North Carolina fresh in the minds of the Irish players, a strong effort in the early going is a necessity. A convincing road win would go a long way to getting the second half of the 2008 season pointed in the …

Miscellany, Statistics »

October 22nd, 2008 · 3,268 views
How Good Are the Irish? A Mid-Year Defensive Statistical Review

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

For Notre Dame’s defense the story of 2007 was really the inept Irish offense. The offense didn’t control the ball, frequently turned it over, and often times failed to change the field position. This made playing four quarters of solid football a very difficult task for the Irish defense.

Despite …

Miscellany, Statistics »

October 22nd, 2008 · 2,330 views
How Good Are the Irish? A Mid-Year Offensive Statistical Review

At first glance the Irish offense seems dramatically improved from a unit that spent last year near the bottom of the country in every meaningful statistical category. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals a different story.

For example, through six games the Irish stand at 4-2, a far cry from the 1-5 record they held midway through the 2007 campaign. But the competition …

Miscellany, News, Statistics »

October 20th, 2008 · 2,164 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff:  Week Eight

Coinciding with the release of the BCS comes this week’s version of the Elite Selection Playoff (ESP). For you first timers an explanation of the ESP can be found here. I’ve also attached the links to the BCS standings and Sagarin Computer Ranking for comparison purposes.

Nota Bene, Sagarin’s strength of schedule calculation is very different from that used by the AV Ranking. Sagarin …