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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 · October 7th, 2010 · 5,388 views
Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh: Keys to an Irish Win

The Irish seek their first winning streak of the season in a home game against the Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday. Both teams enter the contest coming off a win but neither are living up to the pre-season hype—Pittsburgh started the year ranked 15th while many Notre Dame fans anticipated a nine-win season.

Pitt is a familiar foe, at least recently. The Irish have faced the Panthers …

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By · October 6th, 2010 · 4,779 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

Notre Dame notched its second-straight victory over their Catholic archrival, but it wasn’t exactly pretty.

The Irish started fast with three first quarter touchdowns before the offense was beset by inconsistency, scoring a touchdown on only one of the final 13 drives after posting three in the first four. In many ways, Notre Dame was lucky this contest wasn’t closer. Had the defense not been …

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By · October 4th, 2010 · 8,113 views
Evaluating the Irish: Boston College Eagles

Prior to Notre Dame’s matchup against the Boston College Eagles, opinions about Brian Kelly, and the direction of the football program, ranged from cautious optimism to utter dismay. And while some of the most extremely pessimistic views of Kelly’s ability to coach at a “high profile” school still haven’t been stifled by Notre Dame’s 31-13 win over the struggling Eagles, for most fans, the win …

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By · October 1st, 2010 · 4,885 views
Notre Dame vs. Boston College: Keys to an Irish Win

The Eagles are hardly a popular opponent amongst Irish fans, mostly due to their penchant for dashing perfect seasons. Boston College played the role of spoiler against Lou Holtz’s undefeated and first-ranked squad in 1993, and initiated the late-season slide of Tyrone Willingham’s fourth-ranked, 8-0 team in 2002.

The Eagles’ recent success has been particularly consistent. Since 1999 Boston College has won seven of nine …

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By · September 29th, 2010 · 4,637 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

This one had a different feel. After hard-fought, last-minute losses to Michigan and Michigan State, Notre Dame was systematically dismantled by a physical, well-coached Stanford squad.

The Irish offense never managed to get into a rhythm or established any consistent production, and the defense, which played well against a potent Stanford offense and kept Notre Dame in the game until the fourth quarter, was eventually …

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By · September 27th, 2010 · 5,077 views
Evaluating the Irish: Stanford Cardinal

Following the loss to Michigan two weekends ago, Brian Kelly made it clear that the moral victories that come from heartbreaking losses are nothing to hold onto anymore. And while I agree with him, that the Irish should be playing with energy and enthusiasm on every down, following Saturday’s loss to Stanford, it seems that moral victories are the only thing keeping the team and …

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By · September 23rd, 2010 · 5,946 views
Notre Dame vs. Stanford: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame returns home to host 16th-ranked Stanford Saturday. The Irish enter the contest on the heels of two close, last-minute losses and in desperate need of a win. Fortunately, recent history is on their side—since 1997 Notre Dame has won nine of the last 13 (0.692) in the series, including six straight at home. Unfortunately, this isn’t your typical Cardinal squad.

Stanford enters the …

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By · September 21st, 2010 · 5,970 views
Statistically Speaking: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

Another week, another close, tough loss for the Irish. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio improved to 3-1 against Notre Dame, and the Spartans have won 10 of the last 14 in the series. If it feels like these close, late-game losses are a trend, it’s because they are.

Since opening the 2008 season Notre Dame has played 28 games. The average margin of victory/defeat …

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By · September 16th, 2010 · 7,032 views
Notre Dame vs. Michigan State: Keys to an Irish Win

Notre Dame travels to East Lansing Saturday to face their third consecutive Big Ten opponent and annual foe Michigan State. The Irish are coming off a tough loss to Michigan, the second in which a young Wolverine quarterback was the nail in the coffin. It will be imperative for Notre Dame to avoid a hangover, and head coach Brian Kelly believes his troops are equal …