Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · September 22nd, 2009 · 2,729 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 …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · September 18th, 2009 · 1,723 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 …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · September 15th, 2009 · 2,753 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 …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · September 10th, 2009 · 1,937 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 …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · September 8th, 2009 · 3,453 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 …

Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · September 2nd, 2009 · 2,040 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 »

By · September 2nd, 2009 · 1,770 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 …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics »

By · August 30th, 2009 · 2,709 views
A Study in Prediction Performance: Updates to the AV Ranking

At Clashmore Mike we strive to monitor the college football landscape as a whole, objectively and without bias. While we have a vested interest in Notre Dame, we attempt to view the performance of the Irish via appropriate statistical metrics that benchmark on-field production (irrespective of how said production is measured).

One such example is the AV Ranking. Rather than rely on Jeff Sagarin, Anderson …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · August 27th, 2009 · 1,691 views
A Clashmore Mike Roundtable: Critical Elements to Irish Success in 2009

Notre Dame’s season opener against Nevada is right around the corner and a seemingly eternal off-season can’t end soon enough.

Fans seem tired of attempting to produce logical explanations for the last two years: a disastrous 2007 season and an underachieving 2008 campaign. Head coach Charlie Weis’ said it best at Notre Dame’s media day, it’s time to stop talking and start showing it on …

News, Off-Season, Other Sports, Staff, University »

By · August 15th, 2009 · 2,766 views
Why 2008+1=2005

“‘Right now, you’re a six and five football team. And guess what, that’s just not good enough. It’s not good enough for you and it’s certainly not going to be good enough for me.” —Charlie Weis

Those words echoed a feeling of hope that the future for the Notre Dame football team was bright and it brought temporary ease to the gruesome year that the …