Game Coverage, Statistics »

By · September 9th, 2010 · 2,424 views
Notre Dame vs. Michigan: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame faces long-time rival Michigan Saturday, the second of three consecutive Big Ten opponents. Even as the game looms, last year’s frustrating loss is still fresh in the mind of many Irish fans.

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez enters his third year at the helm having presided over arguably the worst stretch of Wolverine football in the program’s illustrious history. Rodriguez is 8-16 (0.333) …

Game Coverage, Personnel, Staff »

By · September 8th, 2010 · 2,004 views
Evaluating the Irish: Purdue Boilermakers

Turning a ship around is a long and arduous task. It takes time to get the vessel corrected. After Charlie Weis left the Notre Dame program, it had all the tools to head in the right direction, but the helm was turned the wrong way. Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s Athletic Director, was charged with the task of finding a new pilot for the program and …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Staff, Statistics »

By · September 4th, 2010 · 2,201 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 3 – Game Day Performance

Part 3 of this series of articles will cover the effects that performance in close games and game day management, preparation, and execution have on a program, and how these areas have affected Notre Dame. Part 2 focused on scheduling and the benefit that playing home games while Part 1 focused on recruiting and player development. This article covers the tactical element of the program: …

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By · September 2nd, 2010 · 3,130 views
Notre Dame vs. Purdue: Keys to an Irish Win

The Brian Kelly Era begins Saturday with the home opener against annual foe Purdue. After an off-season spent parsing coaching comments, grasping at limited practice footage, and discussing the positives/negatives of the Blue-Gold game, Irish fans will finally be able to evaluate their new head coach.

If Kelly is to meet fans’ expectations, he needs to get started on the right foot. In this regard …

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By · August 31st, 2010 · 4,939 views
A Clashmore Mike Roundtable: What Are You Looking for in 2010?

September 4th marks the debut of the Brian Kelly era in South Bend. For the fourth time since 1997 Notre Dame has a new coach, and, once again, Irish fans are wondering if he can lead them back to prominence and succeed where his three predecessors failed.

To be certain, Kelly brings with him many attributes absent from the three previous coaches. He has college …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics, University »

By · August 28th, 2010 · 6,055 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 2 – Institutional Factors

Part 2 of this series of articles will cover the effects of scheduling and the benefit that playing home games have on a program, and how these areas have affected Notre Dame. While Part 1 focused on the player impact on a program, recruiting and development—something the coach and his staff have greater control over—this article specifically looks at factors that tend to be tied …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Personnel, Recruiting, Statistics »

By · August 24th, 2010 · 6,168 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 1 – The Players

I originally came up with the idea of creating “five-year profiles” because I wanted to evaluate the entire Charlie Weis period at Notre Dame on a scale relative to the rest of college football. The thought was that if we could create a snapshot of what the last five seasons (2005-2009) looked like at ND  in comparison to what that same period looked like for …

Miscellany, Off-Season »

By · August 24th, 2010 · 1,729 views
The 2010 Irish Blogger Gathering

Clashmore Mike is proud to announce that we’ve accepted an invitation to take part in this year’s iteration of the Irish Blogger Gathering. Started by Subway Domer, the Irish Blogger Gathering is an ongoing roundtable featuring a who’s who of Notre Dame communities on the web. Each week one site will pose a group of questions and link to the corresponding answers provided by the …

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By · August 19th, 2010 · 6,148 views
2010 Season Predictions Survey Results

Thanks to all who participated in the 2010 Season Predictions Survey. When the data to support this analysis was gathered, over 1,500 votes had been cast.

The primary goal of this exercise is to move beyond simply estimating a win-loss record. Selecting the percent confidence in a win on a game-by-game basis is not only much more accurate, it also allows for some interesting follow-on …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics »

By · August 16th, 2010 · 3,847 views
Blueprint for BCS National Championship Success V: Measuring the Irish

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a five-part series detailing the blueprint for winning the BCS national championship and measuring the Irish performance against this standard.

As Irish fans know all too well, Notre Dame hasn’t been part of the national title picture for over a decade. The last year the lads in blue and gold laid a legitimate claim to a championship …