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Anthony Pilcher

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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.

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October 2nd, 2009 · 1,880 views
Notre Dame vs. Washington: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame begins a three game homestand against the Washington Huskies this weekend. Coming off consecutive last-minute victories and laden with injuries to key personnel, the Irish need a convincing win to build confidence and the subsequent bye week to nurse the wounded.

Washington enters the game with victories against Idaho and mighty USC, a close loss to LSU, and a rather one-sided defeat at …

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September 29th, 2009 · 2,609 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

Notre Dame fans need treatment for hypertension. The last three games have been decided in the waning moments, with the the last two needing gifts from the opposing team to secure a victory.

Against Michigan State it was quarterback Kirk Cousins overthrowing a wide open Larry Caper in the back of the end zone followed by a poor pass on the next play that was …

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September 25th, 2009 · 2,068 views
Notre Dame vs. Purdue: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame takes on annual foe Purdue in West Lafayette this weekend. After consecutive nail biters, many Irish fans just hope the game won’t be decided in the final seconds.

From a talent perspective Purdue doesn’t figure to present the same challenge as Michigan or Michigan State. But talent may not mean much when a porous Irish defense faces a potent, balanced offense.

Two weeks …

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September 22nd, 2009 · 2,664 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

Christmas came early this year in South Bend. Notre Dame squeezed out a victory at the expense of the visiting Spartans Saturday, a game Michigan State had ample opportunity to win.

To be certain, the Irish did not win the game as much as Michigan State lost it.

All of the strategic coaching decisions favored head coach Mark Dantonio, and the Irish had no answer …

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September 18th, 2009 · 1,680 views
Notre Dame vs. Michigan State: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame returns home Saturday to meet Michigan State for its third game of the season. Both teams enter the contest at 1-1 and coming off tough losses. Last week the Irish lost a heartbreaker in the Big House as freshman quarterback Tate Forcier exposed a porous Irish defense. The Spartans, on the other hand, suffered an uncharacteristic loss to Central Michigan. It will be …

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September 15th, 2009 · 2,688 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

Notre Dame lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds of an offensive shootout Saturday. The game proved to be a rite of passage for Wolverine freshman quarterback Tate Forcier and bolstered the resume of head coach Rich Rodriguez’s latest second-year turnaround effort.

For the Irish, another solid offensive outing was undermined by untimely penalties, a porous defense, and below average special teams play. On two …

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September 10th, 2009 · 1,895 views
Notre Dame vs. Michigan: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame travels to Ann Arbor Saturday to face what appears to be a rejuvenated Michigan team under second year head coach Rich Rodriguez. Both teams easily dispatched their first opponents as the Irish scored a dominant win against Nevada and the Wolverines routed Western Michigan.

But convincing opening week wins are largely overshadowed by disappointing 2008 campaigns that leave both teams with much to …

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September 8th, 2009 · 3,360 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Nevada

The momentum from the Hawaii Bowl certainly carried over for the Irish offense. Head coach Charlie Weis couldn’t have written a better script for the first game of 2009 as Notre Dame amassed better than 500 yards of offense while shutting out a Nevada squad that averaged over 37 points per game in 2008.

It was the first defensive shutout of Weis’ tenure and only …

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September 2nd, 2009 · 1,996 views
Notre Dame vs. Nevada: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame opens the 2009 season Saturday by welcoming Nevada to South Bend. For many this is the “make it or break it” year for head coach Charlie Weis. Two consecutive disappointing campaigns have exhausted all the leniency from the overachieving Irish squads of his first two years.

Weis made several changes in the off-season: he elevated himself to offensive coordinator, installed co-defensive coordinator Jon …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics »

September 2nd, 2009 · 1,727 views
Benchmarking the Competition: Who Had the Best Offense and Defense in 2008?

It always starts the same way. Media pundits gushing over video-game offensive and defensive statistics, touting playmakers and storylines, and predicting the winner or the next “game of the year, decade or century.” It fires up the fans.

This year will be no different: it may not be Oklahoma’s unthinkable, record setting offense or USC’s unbelievably dominant defense, but a pair of teams will emerge …