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By · October 24th, 2010 · 2,060 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Eight

Another number one bites the dust. Yesterday didn’t have the chaos of last week or the week before it, but Oklahoma’s loss to Missouri and Auburn’s besting of LSU leaves only seven unbeaten teams—Auburn, Boise State, Michigan State, Missouri, Oregon, TCU and Utah.

Auburn’s win vaulted them to the top of both the ESP and AVR as the Tigers’ own as impressive of a resume …

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By · October 22nd, 2010 · 2,702 views
Notre Dame vs. Navy: Keys to an Irish Win

The Irish travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the United States Naval Academy this weekend. Notre Dame is 14-0 in the Garden State including an 11-0 record in Meadowlands Stadium.

Head coach Brian Kelly’s troops are 4-3, have won three straight, and are looking to make it four against the Midshipmen. It would be the first four-game win streak for the overwhelming …

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By · October 20th, 2010 · 3,496 views
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 receiver Michael Floyd on the first snap of the game …

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By · October 18th, 2010 · 2,064 views
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 into the locker room with a 28-10 halftime lead.

On …

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By · October 14th, 2010 · 5,009 views
Notre Dame vs. Western Michigan: Keys to an Irish Win

Saturday marks the midpoint of head coach Brian Kelly’s inaugural season. To date the Irish have posted a 3-3 record against the 4th most difficult AVR strength of  schedule, with two of the losses coming by narrow margins to top 25 teams. Fortunately, the next three games feature three very winnable contests.

The first is against the Western Michigan Broncos. This will be the first …

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By · October 13th, 2010 · 4,155 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

Another week, another opportunity to extend an early lead and come away with a decisive victory. Much like the season-opener against Purdue, Notre Dame had Pittsburgh on the ropes with a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter, only to let the Panthers back in the game.

This team hasn’t learned how to close out a game. The defense, for the most part, seems up …

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By · October 12th, 2010 · 5,517 views
Evaluating the Irish: Act I

In a theatrical setting, the acts of a play signify two very different halves of the production. The first act introduces the characters, the protagonist and antagonist are established, and a problem or conflict comes to fruition. It’s not until the second act that the plot thickens, reaching the climax of the production, and the problem is resolved in some manner. My high school literature …

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By · October 11th, 2010 · 2,656 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Six

What a weekend to release rankings.

Number one Alabama falls to South Carolina, LSU hands the Gators their second consecutive loss in what can only be described as Milesian fashion, Michigan State’s defense contains Denard Robinson en route to thumping rival Michigan, Oregon State upsets Arizona on the road, and Stanford finishes off the Trojans on their final drive to give them their second loss …

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By · October 7th, 2010 · 5,085 views
Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh: Keys to an Irish Win

The Irish seek their first winning streak of the season in a home game against the Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday. Both teams enter the contest coming off a win but neither are living up to the pre-season hype—Pittsburgh started the year ranked 15th while many Notre Dame fans anticipated a nine-win season.

Pitt is a familiar foe, at least recently. The Irish have faced the Panthers …

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By · October 6th, 2010 · 4,214 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

Notre Dame notched its second-straight victory over their Catholic archrival, but it wasn’t exactly pretty.

The Irish started fast with three first quarter touchdowns before the offense was beset by inconsistency, scoring a touchdown on only one of the final 13 drives after posting three in the first four. In many ways, Notre Dame was lucky this contest wasn’t closer. Had the defense not been …