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By · August 30th, 2009 · 2,628 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 …

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By · August 27th, 2009 · 1,641 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 …

Miscellany, News, Off-Season »

By · August 8th, 2009 · 8,755 views
What Does a Tenuta-Coached Irish Defense Look Like?

The beginning of Fall practice marks the end of a long off-season for Notre Dame football.

After limping through the second half of the 2008 campaign, questions surfaced about head coach Charlie Weis’ job security. Despite this, the Irish coaching staff hauled in a solid—albeit not great—recruiting class, and subsequently underwent several coaching changes.

If the Hawaii Bowl is any indication, the offensive woes of …

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By · July 9th, 2009 · 4,065 views
2009 Season Prediction Survey Results

Now that the voting is over, it’s time to present the results.

First, thanks to all who participated. At the time of this analysis better than 200 people cast votes. For each game on Notre Dame’s 2009 schedule voters were asked to select their confidence in a win. Predicting the outcome of the 2009 season via the win confidence of each game is much more …

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By · June 18th, 2009 · 2,549 views
Making the Grade: Irish Offensive Line Improvement in 2008

Expectations for Notre Dame’s 2008 season were high. The majority of the offense returned and the Irish faced a pedestrian schedule. But after the two consecutive disappointing offensive seasons, many are grasping for answers. A 3-9 campaign followed by an underwhelming 7-5 season can cause even the most ardent fan to forget about quarterback Brady Quinn and the promising offense head coach Charlie Weis led …

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By · May 14th, 2009 · 3,927 views
2009 Season Predictions Survey

Whether you saw the Blue-Gold game live or followed along with the reviews, the Irish have had a relatively eventful off-season. A solid recruiting class headlined by defensive stalwart Manti Te’o preceded three coaching changes. Rumors emerged from Spring practice sessions highlighting quarterback Jimmy Clausen’s continued development, defensive lineman Ethan Johnson domination of one-on-one drills and strong play from a deep secondary. Even the 2010 …

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By · April 21st, 2009 · 1,760 views
The Art of Beating a Dead Horse

This past weekend was the annual Blue-Gold spring football game for the Fighting Irish. It was a game that, at times, lulled me to sleep and, at other times, got me excited for the young, developing talent on display. After a rigorous post-game debriefing with my brother and my dad, I was certain that the morning would bring a newspaper stuffed full of interesting perceptions …

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By · April 9th, 2009 · 1,965 views
Consistency Is Key

“…the day to day consistency. We’ll flash that we know how to do it at times and then we’ll not do it another time. So the consistency of doing it over and over are things you harp on.” – Frank Verducci

If you’ve read my previous article, you’ll notice that, at times, I love playing devil’s advocate. I wrote that article as much for other …

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By · March 18th, 2009 · 10,058 views
Improving the Irish Rushing Attack: Personnel, Predictability, and Synergy

At times during the 2008 season the Irish offense looked like a passing juggernaut. Other times Notre Dame sputtered when faced with a short field, frequently failing to produce an effective rushing attack. This led to poor red zone and third down efficiency that cost the Irish more than one game.

In fact, many of the problems with the 2008 (and 2007) offense were due …

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By · March 4th, 2009 · 10,425 views
Notre Dame Run Blocking: Positives and Negatives of the Zone Blocking Scheme

As discussed before, three topics contributing to the success and demise of the 2008 Irish offense will be discussed this off-season. The first installment, Part 1, detailed the positives and negatives of head coach Charlie Weis’ offensive philosophy and play-calling approach. The second installment consists of three segments detailing Notre Dame’s struggles running the football.

The first segment, Part 2a, outlined the level of rushing …