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By · October 25th, 2009 · 1,747 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 21st, 2009 · 1,547 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 19th, 2009 · 3,201 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 · 2,107 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 · 2,019 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 14th, 2009 · 2,554 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 · 2,808 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.…

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By · October 1st, 2009 · 2,818 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 · 2,165 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 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 …