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By · January 30th, 2011
How Good Are the Irish? A Year-End Offensive Statistical Review

It may be head coach Brian Kelly’s first year at the helm, but positive change is already tangible. While the 2008 and 2009 Irish squads finished 1-8 in November, this year’s unit went 3-0. It isn’t time to anoint Kelly the next Lou Holtz or Ara Parseghian, but Notre Dame played its best football down […]

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By · November 30th, 2010
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. USC

The Irish stopped the Trojans eight-game win streak in dramatic fashion Saturday night. Robert Hughes five-yard touchdown run with 2:23 remaining capped off a physical, run-heavy drive that gave head coach Brian Kelly his second three-game win streak of the season. Looking back this could certainly be a season of what if’s. What if quarterback […]

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By · November 24th, 2010
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Army

After getting shellacked by Navy and losing a heartbreaker to Tulsa (with some questionable coaching decisions to boot), it was difficult to imagine the Irish becoming bowl eligible, let alone having a chance to win out. But Notre Dame has outscored their last two opponents by a combined 55-6 and heads to the West Coast […]

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By · November 16th, 2010
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Utah

The contest against Utah wasn’t decided by production. For the most part, it wasn’t decided by efficiency either. The Irish won because they created opportunities and took advantage of them. Notre Dame was able to force two turnovers—one that turned into seven points on the next play—block a punt for a touchdown, and string together […]

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By · November 9th, 2010
Irish Blogger Gathering: Bye Week/Utah Edition

As noted prior to the season, Clashmore Mike has the honor of hosting the Irish Blogger Gathering (IBG)¬†for the bye week/Utah game. For those unfamiliar with the IBG, check out some previous additions (in order of opponent)¬†hosted by UHND, Her Loyal Sons, Inside The Irish, One Foot Down, Domer Law, Irish Round Table, We Never […]

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By · November 4th, 2010
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Tulsa

A home loss to a non-BCS conference opponent is always tough. But off the heels of a blowout defeat at the hands of the Midshipmen, it hurts even worse. The 2010 Fighting Irish are beginning to look a lot like the previous two versions. Perhaps the most distinguishable characteristic of the past two teams has […]

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By · October 26th, 2010
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Navy

It was game of superlatives. Unfortunately, they weren’t generated by Notre Dame. Navy posted the most rushing yards (367) in the 84-game series with the Irish. Backup fullback Alexander Teich ran for the most yards ever by a Midshipmen (210) against Notre Dame, and most ever by a Navy fullback in the program’s history. And […]

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By · October 26th, 2010
Evaluating the Irish: Navy Midshipmen

Each year, prior to the start of the season, every Notre Dame football fan, whether they admit or not, goes through the schedule to evaluate what kind of final record we can expect for the year. We do it by ourselves, we talk about it with our friends, on message boards, and participate in polls. […]

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By · October 20th, 2010
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Western Michigan

The game against Western Michigan provided the perfect opportunity for first-year head coach Brian Kelly’s squad to show something lacking in recent Irish teams—a killer instinct. Unfortunately, it didn’t surface , at least not in the first two quarters of play. The Broncos shrugged off an 80-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Dayne Crist to wide […]

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By · October 18th, 2010
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Seven

Another week, another series of undefeated and highly ranked teams falling victim to the upset bug. Ohio State, downed by the Badgers in Madison. Nebraska, done in by a swarming Longhorn defense that allowed a long gain of 14 yards on the ground. South Carolina, outscored 21-0 in the second half by Kentucky after going […]