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By · October 25th, 2009 · 1,529 views
2009 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Eight

Many of the top teams survived scares over the weekend, but that did little to impact their ranking. The week eight ESP and AV Ranking are shown below (week seven can be found here). It is still too early to draw many meaningful conclusions from the rankings.

Visit here to compare the ESP to the BCS standings.  Go here to compare the AV Ranking to …

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By · October 22nd, 2009 · 1,747 views
Notre Dame vs. Boston College: Keys to an Irish Win

After suffering a tough loss—the eighth straight—to rival USC, the Irish host Boston College Saturday. Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis will earn his pay this week, as navigating the psyche of his team and ensuring they are prepared to play will be a daunting task.

The Boston College losing streak isn’t as lengthy and one-sided as the one to USC, but it certainly isn’t …

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By · October 21st, 2009 · 1,356 views
2009 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Seven

The BCS standings were released this week. In conjunction with this, Clashmore Mike has decided to release the first update of the Elite Selection Playoff. For AV Ranking comparison purposes, Sagarin’s ranking can be found here.

This does, however, come with a caveat.

In week seven virtually all rankings are meaningless. Much will change between now and the end of the season and publishing rankings …

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By · October 20th, 2009 · 2,336 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. USC

The Irish lost another heart-breaker in South Bend Saturday. The latest defeat at the hands of the Trojans makes it eight straight and 0-5 for head coach Charlie Weis against one of Notre Dame’s chief rivals.

In many respects, this game was more of the same. Numerous missed tackles and breakdowns in the secondary combined for poor defensive play while the offensive line continued to …

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By · October 19th, 2009 · 2,877 views
670 the Score Radio Interview Audio and Reflections

After Saturday’s loss to USC, Clashmore Mike staff writer Anthony Pilcher conducted an interview with Chicago’s 670 The Score (670am). The audio of the interview itself can be found at the bottom of this article.

What follows are some further responses and elaboration on topics from the interview itself.

On The “Must Win” Game For Charlie Weis…

One game does not define a coach.

For …

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By · October 17th, 2009 · 1,855 views
The Problem With Hype and History

The head coaching position for the Notre Dame football team is arguably the most high-profile position in the country. Not only do you have to deal with constant exposure and criticism from television personalities, radio broadcasters, and magazine and newspaper writers, but you also have to deal with the incredible history of your position. Three of the greatest football coaches in college or professional history …

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By · October 16th, 2009 · 1,804 views
Anthony Pilcher Interview With Chicago’s 670 the Score (670am)

Clashmore Mike is proud to announce that Anthony Pilcher will be interviewed live on 670 The Score tomorrow night after the Notre Dame – USC game on the Joe O. & Rock Show between 10:30 and 11pm. Listeners in the midwest can tune in to 670am and those out of range can listen via the web at 670thescore.com—click on the “Listen Live Now!” link in …

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By · October 16th, 2009 · 1,927 views
Notre Dame vs. USC: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame faces rival USC Saturday in South Bend.

Both teams enter the contest coming off a bye week and, save wide receiver Michael Floyd, the Irish are as healthy as they’ve been since the season opener.

Lately the series has been owned by the Trojans, with seven straight victories by an average margin of 27 points. Over these same seven meetings only the 2005 …

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By · October 14th, 2009 · 2,208 views
How Good Are the Irish? A Mid-Year Defensive Statistical Review

With the offensive analysis out of the way, it’s time to focus on the mid-year statistical review of Notre Dame’s defense. But before getting to the numbers some logistical details must be outlined.

As was the case with the offense, the individual game performances (Nevada, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Washington) tell part of the story, but looking at the first half of the season …

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By · October 10th, 2009 · 2,508 views
How Good Are the Irish? A Mid-Year Offensive Statistical Review

Bye weeks are good for many things.

For head coach Charlie Weis this week was an opportunity to rest key personnel with injuries, self-scout the first five games, and get the reserves meaningful practice repetitions.

For fans it is a chance to reflect on (and potentially readjust) their season expectations and, this year, to get a break from the heart palpitations that accompany nail-biting wins.…