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By · October 18th, 2010 · 2,415 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 11th, 2010 · 3,034 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 · July 3rd, 2010 · 5,320 views
Here Come the Irish 2010

The latest edition of Here Come the Irish is available and includes a 2010 opponent preview entitled “Know Thy Enemy: Breaking Down Notre Dame’s 2010 Opponents” from Clashmore Mike contributor Anthony Pilcher.

For those unfamiliar with the publication, Here Come the Irish is the brainchild of Notre Dame alumnus Jim Walsh over at the Maple Street Press, and is one of the best Irish football …

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By · April 7th, 2010 · 2,836 views
Requiescat in Pace, Matt James

As multiple media outlets have reported over the past several days, future Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt James suffered a tragic accident that resulted in his death. By all accounts, Matt was a fine student, person and friend, and his contributions to the Notre Dame family will be missed.

It is times like these that force Irish football to the background and bring forth the …

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By · December 24th, 2009 · 2,552 views
2009 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Fourteen and BCS Championship Predictions

Disclaimer: The following is not intended for betting purposes.

Similar to last year, the final AV Ranking values (see the values in the table below) will be used to predict the BCS bowl game winners against the spread.

The BCS games are as follows:

  • Rose Bowl presented by Citi: Ohio State vs. Oregon
  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. TCU
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl: Cincinnati

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By · December 15th, 2009 · 4,127 views
670 the Score Radio Interview Audio and Reflections

Clashmore Mike staff writer Anthony Pilcher was interviewed Saturday on the Joe O. & Rock show on 670 The Score regarding the hiring of Brian Kelly as the head coach at Notre Dame.

What follows are some further responses and elaboration on questions from the interview. The audio of the interview itself can be found at the bottom of this article.

On Brian Kelly’s Impact

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By · December 11th, 2009 · 2,559 views
Under Pressure (Already)

When trying to get a high school football recruit to come to Notre Dame, one of the biggest draws is the added exposure that player will receive, not only from the fans across the nation, but professional scouts as well. Storied history? Check. Historical significance? Check. Facilities that are second to none? Check. A schedule that covers the entire nation (as well as other countries)? …

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By · December 11th, 2009 · 2,309 views
Anthony Pilcher on 670 the Score (670am) Tomorrow

We’ve just received word that Clashmore Mike’s very own Anthony Pilcher will once again be featured on the Joe O. & Rock Show tomorrow night (December 12th) on 670 The Score. This will be the second time Pilcher has provided Notre Dame-centric analysis on Chicago’s 670 The Score and this time around he figures to weigh in on the coaching change and recent hiring of …

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By · November 30th, 2009 · 4,985 views
Notre Dame’s Coaching Search, Avoiding the Availability Bias

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis’ failure was evident long ago. His lack of experience with the college game and as a head coach made him unable to anticipate future problems and incapable of implementing changes to correct them.

His list of shortcomings is long and condemning, but painfully reiterating what the on-field product clearly shows adds no value other than venting frustration at the …

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By · November 30th, 2009 · 1,504 views
2009 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Thirteen

If the ESP determined the National Championship Game participants, it would be all but a done deal. Unless Texas loses to Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship, they will face the winner of the SEC Championship game which pits Alabama and Florida for the second consecutive year.

TCU and Boise State have had great runs, but they are too far away in point differentials to …