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By · November 17th, 2008 · 1,750 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Twelve

Little has changed from week eleven to twelve of the ESP. The difference in the top teams lies largely in who does and who doesn’t control their own desitiny.

As the season draws to an end, the national championship picture becomes more clear and the AV Ranking more closely approaches Sagarin. Similarly, the ESP approaches the BCS although subtle differences will remain at the season’s …

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By · November 12th, 2008 · 2,168 views
Notre Dame vs. Navy: Keys to an Irish Win

The United States Naval Academy always presents a unique challenge for the Fighting Irish. This weekend, with the memory of last year’s win fresh in the Midshipmen’s minds and Notre Dame losing three of their last four, it figures to be an uncharacteristically close affair.

The Midshipmen run an unconventional option offense to the tune of nearly 30 points and 310 rushing yards per game. …

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By · November 10th, 2008 · 1,920 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

Boston College had their way with Notre Dame Saturday.

The visiting Irish repeatedly turned the ball over, lost the time of possession battle, and converted only 33 percent of their third downs. The red zone offense didn’t even have a chance to continue it’s ineptitude as the floundering Irish failed to cross their opponent’s twenty-yard line.

Notre Dame’s offense looked completely unprepared. Despite being a …

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By · November 10th, 2008 · 1,468 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Eleven

It’s time for week eleven of the ESP. To observe the trends of the ESP and AV Ranking check out weeks eight, nine, and ten. Also, check back in at the end of the season where there will be a few validation studies of the AV Ranking as well as predictions of the BCS bowl winners. Over the past few years the AV Ranking has …

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By · November 6th, 2008 · 1,797 views
Notre Dame vs. Boston College: Keys to an Irish Win

After a heart-wrenching loss to Pittsburgh, Notre Dame hits the road for the second time in three weeks traveling to the East coast to take on Boston College. The Eagles have owned the series in recent years, but the Irish look to redeem themselves after squandering a two-touchdown lead last week.

Entering Saturday’s contest, neither team has proven much as both have 5-3 records against …

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By · November 4th, 2008 · 1,483 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Ten

It’s week ten of the ESP and week three of the BCS Standings. A comparison of the ESP and AV Ranking follows.

Elite Selection Playoff

For the second week in a row the top five of the ESP are identical to the BCS Standings. Despite the loss, Texas only dropped three spots. This is in no small part to the quality of teams they have …

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By · November 4th, 2008 · 2,034 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

It was really a game of two halves (and four overtimes) for Notre Dame Saturday. Through two quarters of play the Irish held a three-minute time of possession advantage, outgained Pittsburgh 240 to 71 yards, and secured a two-touchdown lead. From the third quarter on Pitt reversed the fortunes, outgaining Notre Dame 275 to 146 yards.

Ironically enough, there were no strong statistical indicators Notre …

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By · October 30th, 2008 · 1,717 views
Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh: Keys to an Irish Win

After routing the Huskies to start the second half of their season, Notre Dame welcomes Pittsburgh to South Bend. The visiting Panthers enter the contest with a 5-2 record, 28 the AV Ranking, and impressive resume. Although potentially untested (70th ranked AV strength of schedule, Pittsburgh is respectable in most statistical categories.

The most glaring weakness of the upcoming Irish opponent is a –6 in …

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By · October 28th, 2008 · 2,032 views
Let’s Get Husky, Notre Dame vs. Washington News and Notes

Charting the Irish offense from Saturday’s game against Washington leads to some interesting results. Namely, the Irish still frequently give away their run/pass intention prior to snapping the ball.

While offensive coordinator Mike Haywood had arguably his best play calling game of the year, the Irish are extremely predictable based on personnel grouping and formation. In other words, Saturday’s contest against the Huskies was more …

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By · October 27th, 2008 · 1,658 views
2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Nine

It’s week nine of the ESP and week two of the BCS Standings. A comparison of the ESP and AV Ranking follows.

Elite Selection Playoff

The past few weeks have seen some movement at the top but the really surprising thing is the number of teams in the top 25 of the ESP that aren’t from BCS conferences.

Boise State (10), Utah (11), TCU (13), …