Inside the Irish
Friday at 4: Forget about football, just this once, just this weekend
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:00:13 +0000
Hold on, I have always wanted to do this … SOMEWHERE ABOVE MIDDLE AMERICA; SPIRIT AIRLINES FLIGHT 985 — Usually, such a self-serving dateline would be nothing but unnecessary and flattering self-flagellation. In this instance, however, it is to the point about to be addressed. (Also, it’s a Spirit Airlines flight, no humblebrag includes Spirit
Big-Picture Mailbag: Wherein Notre Dame fans somehow worry
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:00:45 +0000
How can Notre Dame counter the Pittsburgh defensive scheme? Should Irish fans cheer for or against Michigan?
No. 4 Notre Dame’s defense spurs it past preseason big picture predictions
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:00:30 +0000
Obviously No. 4 Notre Dame has exceeded preseason expectations regarding its 7-0 record and Playoff hopes, but how much should those projections change with five games to go?
Revisiting predictions from Notre Dame’s preseason
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:30:09 +0000
Aside from its 7-0 record, how has No. 4 Notre Dame performed relative to preseason expectations?
Refreshing Notre Dame’s Playoff possibilities
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:00:46 +0000
No. 4 Notre Dame escaped near-disaster against Pittsburgh. How likely is it the Irish stay unbeaten all season?
Notre Dame’s Opponents: Maybe they aren’t quite as bad as thought?
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:30:44 +0000
Recency bias works both ways. Just two weeks ago, looking at Notre Dame’s schedule was largely accompanied by some chuckling. Continued winning from Michigan, a rebound from Virginia Tech and quick 2-0 stretches from both Northwestern and USC now make the Irish calendar appear a bit more formidable than not at all. That is, of
Leftovers & Links: Notre Dame’s stressful weekend was inevitable; kicking woes were not
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:00:11 +0000
Maybe Saturday’s Irish stress should have always been expected. And yes, this comes from a space that predicted Notre Dame would beat Pittsburgh with no trouble, 49-10. Making expected blowouts competitive is what the Panthers do and what they did in falling 19-14 to the Irish on Saturday. They beat No. 3 Clemson in 2016
Things We Learned: Notre Dame’s defense saves Irish from Pitt-induced lack of ground game
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:00:14 +0000
Notre Dame won, and it can thank its defense for that, because the 19-14 victory against Pittsburgh was the kind of game the Irish offense usually loses.
Four-star CB Isaiah Rutherford chooses Notre Dame over Pac-12 possibilities
Sun, 14 Oct 2018 11:00:16 +0000
During a season in which one recruiting class worth of defensive backs is leading the best Notre Dame secondary in recent history, the No. 5 Irish are setting themselves up for a similar phenomenon a few years down the road. With the Saturday evening commitment of consensus four-star cornerback Isaiah Rutherford (Jesuit High School; Carmichael,
No. 5 Notre Dame wins ugly, but ‘a win’s a win’
Sun, 14 Oct 2018 00:57:45 +0000
Two second-half touchdowns from Ian Book carry No. 5 Notre Dame to 19-14 win over Pittsburgh.
No. 5 Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh: Who, what, when, where, why and by how much?
Sat, 13 Oct 2018 09:00:51 +0000
No. 5 Notre Dame looks to maintain perfection against Pittsburgh this afternoon.
Friday at 4: A ‘2’-fold look at Notre Dame’s 2012 hypotheticals sparked by a Pittsburgh possibility
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:00:09 +0000
What if I told you Notre Dame reached the BCS National Championship Game in 2012 only because of a referee’s mistake? What if I told you it would not have mattered in the College Football Playoff era? The first of those two questions is hard to refute. In the second overtime of an eventual 29-26
Things To Learn: A blowout would do more than just boost Notre Dame’s ego
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:30:45 +0000
Its record may be perfect, but No. 5 Notre Dame is far from it to this point.
And In That Corner … The Pittsburgh Panthers, owners of two top-5 upsets the last two seasons
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:30:05 +0000
One of the least-discussed byproducts of Notre Dame’s relationship with the ACC is how much it actually diminishes the Irish interactions with Pittsburgh. The two programs have met 69 times in history, including 11 times from 2001 to 2013 — Notre Dame went 7-4 — but now have not seen each other in three years.
Notre Dame’s four possible paths to Playoff
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:00:06 +0000
No. 5 Notre Dame has a better chance of making it to 12-0 than just about anyone else in the country.
Notre Dame’s Opponents: Remaining Irish schedule quite average at 17-16
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:30:31 +0000
Perhaps this should become the space for a recurring and weekly reminder. To pull the exact wording from Saturday’s primer … No undefeated Power Five team has ever been left out of the Playoff — and the odds the first excluded undefeated team is the one that doesn’t need a conference to be considered “Power
Leftovers, Links & Questions for the Week: Yoon’s record, freshmen contributions & DL health
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:00:02 +0000
“How was Blacksburg?” Brad asked before I could even say hello and congratulate him on finishing a Sunday marathon. “How was ‘Enter Sandman?’” One of the better bad influences in my life, I met up with Brad and a few of his friends early Sunday afternoon after my flight back from Virginia. They had flown
How to watch Pitt vs. No. 5 Notre Dame on NBC
Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:42:50 +0000
Notre Dame is set to host Pittsburgh as it looks to keep its undefeated season alive this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Things We Learned: No. 5 Notre Dame’s best yet to be seen
Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:00:32 +0000
Notre Dame's 45-23 victory at Virginia Tech underscored how much better the Irish can be.
Notre Dame, Dexter Williams remove any doubts in 45-23 victory at No. 24 Virginia Tech
Sun, 07 Oct 2018 06:22:38 +0000
Notre Dame erased any questions about the direction of its season with a dominating victory at Virginia Tech on Saturday.