Inside the Irish
Monday Morning Leftovers: The long-term effects of Crawford’s punch, limited roster turnover & Yoon’s record approach
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:00:23 +0000
Notre Dame is 3-1. Let’s rephrase that. Notre Dame is only 3-1. This season could still go multiple directions. But if — IF — it continues to trend upward, one moment from this weekend may stand the test of time as the demarcation point between a successful 2017 and a new Irish head coach in […]
Sunday Notre Dame Notebook: Kelly on Wimbush’s accuracy, receivers’ hands & needed secondary improvements
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:55:07 +0000
Notre Dame’s greatest successes this season have come when relying on its running game. It would stand to reason the Irish would turn to their ground attack to set the tone from the outset of a pivotal matchup against a physical opponent. Instead, Notre Dame opened with the pass in its 38-18 victory over Michigan […]
What We Learned: Notre Dame found a No. 2 WR & an accurate passer
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:30:07 +0000
We learned the closing 20-plus minutes of last week’s Notre Dame victory over Boston College were not an anomaly. Rather, the Irish carried over nearly everything from that period in their 38-18 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. They also introduced some new facts to life. Moving Chase Claypool to the boundary may have unlocked […]
Points off turnover differential becoming theme to Notre Dame’s season
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:00:35 +0000
To truly grasp how much Notre Dame relied on forced turnovers to rout Michigan State 38-18 on Saturday, consider the halftime stat sheet. The most important number, naturally, was the score: 28-7. Every statistic down the rest of the box score was either an even comparison or tilted toward the Spartans. Total yards: Notre Dame […]
Turnovers tip toward Notre Dame in a 38-18 victory at Michigan State
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:20:05 +0000
Statistically, Notre Dame did not outplay Michigan State in the 38-18 Irish victory Saturday night. After all, the Spartans outgained Notre Dame by 142 yards. Even if ignoring the fourth quarter when the Irish had the game in hand, Michigan State matched Notre Dame. One thing made the difference. Rather, three things, as in two […]
Notre Dame at Michigan State: Who, what, when, where, why and by how much
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:00:11 +0000
WHO? Notre Dame at Michigan State. Many years, this matchup would warrant anticipatory headlines. In this rendition, two teams coming off historically-disappointing seasons are looking to prove they are on the path back to top-flight competitiveness. WHAT? As may become a theme this season, this will come down to how the Irish offensive line fares […]
Friday at 4: Four things you do not see
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:06:51 +0000
For all the enjoyment football brings so many, it is a game predicated on one sense above all others: sight. Sure, the atmosphere in Spartans Stadium this weekend will include the sounds of yelling fans, the smells of propane grills and the taste of cheap, domestic buds. Even the weather will trigger the feeling of […]
Kelly on C.J. Sanders, Kevin Stepherson and punt returns; injury update
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:38 +0000
In his last media availability before Notre Dame heads to face Michigan State this weekend (8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Fox), Irish coach Brian Kelly did not discuss his receiver corps at all. Just kidding. Of the eight topics Kelly was questioned about, five of them dealt with wideouts in some respect, perhaps spending the […]
Things To Learn: On Notre Dame’s defensive line, offensive line and Wimbush’s road readiness
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:03:48 +0000
It is a curious, frustrating time in the college football season. We think we know everything. We actually know nothing. Notre Dame beat up on Boston College and Temple, but fell a play short against Georgia. If the Bulldogs are what they appear to be, then the Irish may be a very competitive team this […]
And in That Corner … The Michigan State Spartans and a recovery from a 3-9 season
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:35 +0000
Michigan State has yet to be tested this season. Certainly, the Spartans have not seen a test the likes of Notre Dame, no matter what one’s view of the Irish may be. To get a better idea of who Notre Dame will face Saturday night, let’s turn to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press. […]
Who among Notre Dame’s receivers might emerge?
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:44 +0000
The stat continues to be referenced in this space because it is somewhat hard to believe: Irish receivers accounted for three catches and 11 yards in Notre Dame’s 49-20 victory over Boston College last weekend. As a whole, the passing game accounted for 96 of the 611 total Irish yards. “Clearly we have to work […]
MSU’s man-to-man pass D may allow Notre Dame & Wimbush to rush more; Kelly on resting Adams
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:34:29 +0000
It is not quite an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, but when Notre Dame travels to Michigan State this weekend, the focus will be on what success the Irish can have running the football against a staunch Spartans defense. Michigan State has hosted Bowling Green and Western Michigan thus far this season, holding the […]
Notre Dame’s Opponents: Ready for a tough week for the dozen foes, but that could mean some promising upsets
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:12 +0000
Last week, Notre Dame’s opponents enjoyed a 6-2 record, not counting Boston College’s loss to the Irish. This coming week, however, will prove a much more difficult slate. Exactly half of the dozen are favored with none facing each other. Temple (2-1): The Owls needed a 13-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Logan Marchi to […]
Questions for the Week: Ankles, Claypool and Notre Dame’s history at Spartan Stadium
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:00:41 +0000
As always, these are questions with answers likely to come before Saturday night’s kickoff … Will Cam Smith be healthy enough to get back on the field? The fifth-year receiver suffered a sprained ankle in practice last week, limiting his reps throughout the week and keeping him from playing Saturday, per Irish coach Brian Kelly. […]
Monday Morning Leftovers: Notre Dame should punt less, a Georgia ticket arrest & Bob Diaco’s fate
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:00:22 +0000
Notre Dame and Boston College combined to punt 15 times this weekend and the Irish never attempted a field goal, while the Eagles attempted and made two. At least two other possessions could have ended with boots of some variety, though it could easily be argued fewer should have. This space will never adapt the […]
Sunday Notre Dame Notebook: Canteen out for the season, Javon McKinley probably sitting also; Kelly on blocking strategy
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:59:46 +0000
As Notre Dame struggles to find contributing receivers, the option have diminished by two. Irish coach Brian Kelly said graduate student Freddy Canteen will undergo season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn labrum and sophomore Javon McKinley is likely to preserve a year of eligibility this season. Canteen started Notre Dame’s first two games […]
Things We Learned: Notre Dame lacks an aerial attack and a punt return, has a defensive future
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000
We learned the working definition of a modern record is anything after the start of World War II. Why is such a designation necessary? Well, the Irish modern record for rushing touchdowns in one game is 10, set against Dartmouth in 1944. The actual highest number? That is the casual 27 rushing touchdowns Notre Dame […]
Notre Dame offense may trend toward run, partly thanks to Wimbush
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 02:53:29 +0000
Perhaps after Saturday’s ground-based successes, Notre Dame will deliver more of the same moving forward. Entering the season with a promising but unknown commodity at quarterback, the Irish may have needed a few weeks to learn what exactly would and would not work when facing live competition. “I really didn’t know how this offense was […]
Notre Dame rushes past Boston College and record books
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:28:38 +0000
Winning if by ground, losing if by air. Thus, seven by ground, none by air. That is, Notre Dame scored all seven of its touchdowns via rush in its 49-20 victory over Boston College on Saturday. After struggling through the first half relying on both the passing and ground games, the Irish held a mere […]
Notre Dame at Boston College: Who, what, when, where, why and by how much?
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:00:12 +0000
WHO? Notre Dame at Boston College. To some Irish fans, this game is the most important of the season. To others, it is merely a blip on the radar. Such is one of the more interesting dichotomies found within a nationwide fan base. Out west, Notre Dame fans count USC and Michigan as their top […]