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By · October 6th, 2009 · 1,195 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Washington

You can say the Irish are a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them.

If last week was good for hypertension, this week was enough to incite a heart attack. In what is becoming a recurring trend, Notre Dame needed late-game heroics from quarterback Jimmy Clausen to secure victory.

The Huskies deserve credit. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian led a determined squad that …

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By · October 2nd, 2009 · 794 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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By · October 1st, 2009 · 1,602 views
For Better or Worse: Re-Evaluating Irish Expectations (Part 2)

I’m usually an optimist concerning most things. I’m the guy who sat in front of the television every Saturday afternoon during the 2007 football season yelling obscenities and screaming that the football team wasn’t playing as well as I thought they should. They weren’t playing up to my expectations, even though the expectations I had for the team were founded in wishful thinking rather than …

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By · September 30th, 2009 · 1,119 views
For Better or Worse: Re-Evaluating Irish Expectations (Part 1)

Based on pre-season expectations, most Irish fans are starting to grumble about the state of the football program at Notre Dame. Some people are waiting to see if the two previous close wins will catch up to the Irish, similar to the Michigan game. Around the nation, Irish fans are starting to ask themselves “Are the Irish as good as we thought at the beginning …

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By · September 29th, 2009 · 1,329 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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By · September 25th, 2009 · 1,066 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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By · September 22nd, 2009 · 1,364 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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By · September 18th, 2009 · 820 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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By · September 16th, 2009 · 1,513 views
SEC Acquires NCAA: Hostile Takeover of Notre Dame Fails

I sat down with Mike Slive, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. After some initial pleasantries, we discussed the SEC’s recent acquisition of the NCAA.

Collins: To many this seems like a surprising move, Mike. How did it come about?

Slive: Well, Michael, we’re very honored to make the NCAA part of the Southeastern Conference Corporation of Holdings. We think it fits into what …

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By · September 15th, 2009 · 1,353 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 …