Friday, September 30, 2011

Purdue's Local Media -- Talkin' Notre Dame

Here's what I found this evening from Purdue's local media -- as they talk about tomorrow night's 8 PM ET kick-off with Notre Dame:

LINK:  WELL RESTED BOILERMAKERS

LINK:  WEST LAFAYETTE HS GRAD -- ND TRAINER

LINK:  PURDUE QB

LINK:  TICKETS STILL FOR SALE

LINK:  PURDUE GAMEDAY PAGE

Notre Dame Reallocates $30 Million


The University of Notre Dame announced today that they have made some adjustments to a number of financial policies and expense areas to move $30 million towards student and faculty needs.  Here's a link to the South Bend Tribune story:

LINK:  NOTRE DAME MOVES $30 MILLION

NCAA Rankings of Offense & Special Teams


It's time again for our weekly look at where Notre Dame Football ranks amongst the 120 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision -- FOR THE 2011 SEASON -- on the offensive side of the balll.  In today's analysis you'll see how Notre Dame's Offense & Special Teams currently rank as compared to their final ranking for 2010 and 2009 and the current national leader in each category:


OFFENSIVE TEAM STATISTICS

First Downs:  2011 after game #4:  24.0 first downs -- ranked #22 in the country.  2010 Rank #57 with 19.83 first downs per game -- in 2009 we averaged 24.4 first downs per game for the season, ranking us #13.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Oklahoma State with an average of 30.25 first downs per game.

Third Down Conversions:  2011 after game #4:  43.64% -- ranked #55 in the country.  2010 Rank #76 with a 37.5% conversion rate -- in 2009 we had a 39.1% conversion rate for the season, ranking us #48.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech with a 68.0% third down conversion rate.

Passing Yards Per Attempt:  2011 after game #4:  7.0 yards per passing attempt -- ranked #74 in the country.  2010 Rank #75 with 6.8 yards passing per attempt -- in 2009 we averaged 8.7 yards passing per attempt, ranking us #7 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech averaging 19.7 yards per pass attempt.
  
Passing Yardage:  2011 after game #4:  270.75 yards per game -- ranked #38 in the country.  2010 Rank #29 with 257 yards per game  (3,089 yards for the season)  -- in 2009 we passed for 323 yards per game (3,882 yards for the season), ranking us #7.  2011 NCAA Leader:  University of Houston averaging 446.25 passing yards per game.

Rushing Yards Per Attempt:  2011 after game #4:  4.8 yards per game -- ranked #36 in the country.  2010 Rank #83 with 3.9 yards rushing per attempt -- in 2009 we averaged 3.8 yards rushing per attempt, ranking us #76 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Oregon averaging 7.4 yards per rushing attempt.

Rushing Yardage:  2011 after game #4:  152.75 rushing yards per game -- ranked #58 in the country.  2010 Rank #97 with 121 yards rushing per game (1,450 yards for the season) -- in 2009 we rushed for 127 yards per game  (1,539 yards for the season), ranking us #88.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Air Force Academy averaging 411.67 rushing yards per game.

Most QB Sacks Given Up:  2011 after game #4:  5 sacks given up -- ranked #35 in the country.  2010 Rank #66 giving up 19 QB sacks -- in 2009 we gave up 25 QB sacks for the season, ranking us #66.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Oregon giving up 1 sack this season.

Fewest Pass Interceptions Thrown: 2011 after game #4:  7 interceptions thrown -- ranked #112.  2010 Rank #105 having thrown 16 pass interceptions -- in 2009 we threw 5 interceptions for the season, raking us #4.  2011 NCAA Leader:  6 schools have yet to throw an interception this season.

Fewest Fumbles Lost:  2011 after game #4:  8 fumbles lost -- ranked #118 in the country.  2010 Rank #31 having lost 8 fumbles -- in 2009 we lost 9 fumbles for the season ranking us #39.  2011 NCAA Leader:  8 schools have yet to lose a fumble.

Fewest  Turnovers Lost:  2011 after game #4:  15 turnovers lost -- ranked #119 (last) in the country -- in a tie with Western Kentucky for most turnovers lost.  2010 Rank #84 with 24 turnovers lost -- in 2009 we had 14 turnovers for the season, ranking us #7.  2011 NCAA Leader:  4 schools have had one turnover this season.

Total Offense:  2011 after game #4:  423.5 yards per game -- ranked #48 in the country.  2010 Rank #63 with 378 yards per game of offense -- in 2009 we had 451 yards per game of offense, ranking us #8.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech with 630.5 yards per game in total offense.

Points Per Game:  2011 after game #4:  24.25 points per game -- ranked #85 in the country.  2010 Rank #73 with 25.75 points per game -- in 2009 we averaged 30.1 points per game for the season, ranking us #32.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech averaging 53.25 points per game.
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TEAM STATISTICS

Fewest Penalties:  2011 after game #4: 31 penalties -- ranked #107 in the country.  2010 Rank #10 with 55 penalties -- in 2009 we had 75 penalties for the season, ranking us #50.  2011 NCAA Leader:  The Naval Academy only has 5 penalties this season.

Fewest Penalty Yards:  2011 after game #4:  71.5 yards in penalties per game -- ranked #107 in the country.  2010 Rank #25 with 511 yards in penalties -- in 2009 we had 666 yards in penalties, ranking us #60.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Naval Academy averaging only 11.67 penalty yards per game.

Net Punting Yards:  2011 after game #4:  36.1 yards per game -- ranked #69 in the country.  2010 Rank #72 with an average net of 36.9 yards per punt -- in 2009 we averaged 32.1 yards per punt, ranking us #112.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Kansas averaging 47.8 net yards per punt.

Field Goals:  2011 after game #4:  2 field goals made -- ranked #87 in the country.  2010 Rank #32 with 15 field goals made.  In 2009 we made 19 field goals, ranking us #22 -- while going 19 for 22 in the process.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Florida with 11 field goals made this season.

Photo of the Day -- ND's New Ice Arena!


Here's a photo taken by the South Bend Tribune of Notre Dame's hockey team practicing in the Compton Family Ice Arena.  Here's a link to all of the photos:

LINK:  ND ICE ARENA PHOTO GALLERY

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Purdue Student / Family Conflicted...


A Purdue student is a fan of the Fighting Irish and his school's Boilermakers -- and he had the confidence to admit this to their college newspaper reporter.  The school paper posted his "Boiler Up" photo sideways -- like you see above.  Here's the story:

LINK:  PURDUE FAN LOVES THE IRISH

Purdue Week -- Thursday ND Football Update


Here's what the Irish are saying about the Red Sox, their team and their game with Purdue Saturday night on ESPN.  Here are the links:

LINK:  COACH KELLY AFTER PRACTICE

LINK:  COACH KELLY RADIO SHOW PODCAST 

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

Irish Have the Fifth Toughest Football Schedule


The folks at Team Rankings have come out with their ranking of the toughest football schedules -- for each of the 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.  This week -- the Fighting  Irish have the 5th toughest schedule in college football - here's the list:

LINK:  RANKING OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULES

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Purdue Week -- Wednesday ND Football Update


Here's what I found taking a lap around the internet tonight concerning the Notre Dame football program and Saturday's prime-time game with the Boilermakers.  Click on the links below:

LINK:  COACH KELLY AFTER PRACTICE TODAY

LINK:  COACH KELLY'S PURDUE PRESS CONFERENCE

LINK:  IRISH CONNECTION

LINK:  TOMMY REES & MICHAEL FLOYD

LINK:  HARRISON SMITH & MANTI TEO

LINK:  JOURNAL & COURIER -- WEST LAFAYETTE NEWSPAPER

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

Big Break Ireland -- Notre Dame's Annie Brophy


The Golf Channel's hit series The Big Break is in Ireland right now and wouldn't you know it -- a Notre Dame alum, Annie Brophy '10 is a contestant.  Annie (Spokane, WA) a rookie on the LPGA Future's Tour is one of twelve contestants competing for $80,000 in cash and two tournament exemptions on the LPGA Tour. 

I'm going to have to watch this now!!! 

Here's a link to Annie's player bio at Notre Dame (she's one of the best to every play at ND) along with her introductory video on the Golf Channel.  Some may recall that Annie made some "not so flattering" headlines her senior season at Notre Dame -- the Golf Channel video will set the record straight!  Special Thanks to Senior Contributor to the ND GO IRISH BLOG Mike Doyle, for alerting me to Annie's story!

LINK:  ANNIE BROPHY -- NOTRE DAME

LINK:  ANNIE'S BIOGRAPHY VIDEO

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Domer Who Caught Hell...

Ask many sports fans who Steve Bartman is -- and they'll give you a blank stare.  Ask a Chicago Cub fan the same question -- look out!

Steve Bartman is a Notre Dame grad who's infamous catch of a foul ball in the NL Playoffs was the subject this evening of an ESPN film called "Catching Hell."  Here's a link to a Chicago Sun Times story about Bartman and the movie:

LINK:  ESPN'S CATCHING HELL

Notre Dame Football Alumni Update -- NFL


After checking in on how our former Notre Dame football stars are doing with their NFL teams this evening -- after week 3 -- I'm reminded how important their DEGREE from the University of Notre Dame is!

If I was running the football recruiting operation for Brian Kelly I would be publishing a weekly NFL injury report that would be circulated among the parents of every top high school football player in America.  I would be constantly making the point that the NFL stands for "Not For Long" -- and that "Notre Dame is For Life."

Off my soapbox!

Just click on the player's name below to see the latest news on them:






















Notre Dame vs. Purdue on ESPN @ 8 PM ET

I have seen questions online as to where Notre Dame fans can find Saturday's game against Purdue -- well, it's the national game on ESPN beginning at 8 PM ET.  Here's a link to the college football TV lineup for this weekend:

LINK:  IRISH TO APPEAR ON ESPN

Monday, September 26, 2011

Irish Back in the Top 25!

The Fighting Irish may have two losses, but the polls that truly analyze the data of this season have had Notre Dame back in the top 30 this week and last.  Here's a couple of polls ND fans need to keep an eye on over the next few weeks:

LINK:  SAGARIN RANKINGS

LINK:  FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS

ND Defense -- NCAA National Rankings!


Here's a look at where Notre Dame's "D BOYS" are ranked among their peers in college football after Week 4 of the 2011 season.  Here's the STAT OF THE YEAR FOR OUR DEFENSE -- we've only given up one offensive TD in seven of our last eight games!

Once again, you'll see how we fared in 2010 and 2009 -- and the 2011 NCAA Leader in every defensive category:

NOTRE DAME DEFENSE -- 2011 TEAM STATISTICS

Quarterback Sacks:  2011 after game #4:  11 sacks, ranked #18 in the country.  2010 Rank #45 with 26 QB sacks -- in 2009 we had 19 QB sacks for the season, ranking us #92.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Colorado State with 16 sacks.

Tackles for Loss:  2011 after game #4:  6.0 average tackles for loss per game, ranked #57 in the country.  2010 Rank #65 with an average of 5.63 tackles for loss per game -- in 2009 we averaged 6.0 tackles for loss per game, ranking us #48 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Stanford averaging 10.33 tackles for loss per game.

Interceptions:  2011 after game #4:  4 interceptions, ranked #28 in the country.  2010 Rank #32 with 14 interceptions -- in 2009 we had 12 interceptions for the season, ranking us #50.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Vanderbilt leads with 14 interceptions.

First Downs:  2011 after game #4:  19 first downs allowed per game, ranked #58 in the country.  2010 Rank - #30 allowing an average of 17.92 first downs per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 19.67 first downs per game, ranking us #72.  2011 NCAA Leader:  UCONN and UCF allowing only 11.5 first downs per game.

Third Down Conversion Rate:  2011 after game #4:  allowed a 29.82% conversion rate on third down, ranked #18 in the country.  2010 Rank #22 allowing only 35.08% conversion rate on third down -- in 2009 we allowed a 39.5% conversion rate, ranking us #67.  2011 NCAA Leader: Florida allowing only 21.15% conversion rate on third down.

Red Zone Efficiency:  2011 after game #4:  allowed opponents to score 77% of the time, ranked #38 in the country.  2010 Rank #53 allowing the team to score 81% of the time -- in 2009 we allowed teams to score 75% of the time, ranking us #15.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Kansas State allowing opponents to score 40% of the time in the red zone.

Turnovers Gained:  2011 after game #4:  5 turnovers gained, ranked #72 in the country.  2010 Rank - #54 with 21 turnovers gained -- in 2009 we gained 19 turnovers for the season, ranking us #80.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Cincinnati and Vanderbilt with 16 turnovers gained this season.

Rushing Yards:  2011 after game #4:  93.0 rushing yards per game given up, ranked #25 in the country.  2010 Rank #57 giving up an average of 147 yards rushing per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 170 yards rushing per game, ranking us #89.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Stanford giving up an average of 36.0 yards rushing per game.

Passing Yards:  2011 after game #4:  240 passing yards per game given up, ranked #82 in the country.  2010 Rank #44 giving up an average of 206 yards passing per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 227 yards passing per game, ranking us #76 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Michigan State giving up an average of 101 passing yards per game.

Total Yards:  2011 after game #4:  333 yards of total offense per game given up, ranked #37 in the country.  2010 Rank #49 giving up 353 yards per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 397 yards per game, ranking us #86.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Michigan State giving up an average of 172.25 yards per game in total offense.

Points Allowed Per Game:  2011 after game #4:  20.75 points allowed per game, ranked #39 in the country.  2010 Rank #29 giving up 20.5 points per game -- in 2009 we gave up 25.3 points per game, ranking us #63.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Temple allowing 7.75 points per game.


Purdue Week -- Notre Dame Football Update


Here's what is going on today - Monday - of Purdue week, as the Irish get ready to play one of its traditional opponents.  Please click on the links below:

LINK:  IRISH CONNECTION

LINK:  INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

LINK:  JOURNAL & COURIER (WEST LAFAYETTE NEWSPAPER)

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

Irish Hockey Hosts Media Day - Today!


Jeff Jackson and his Fighting Irish hockey program kicked off the 2011 - 2012 season today with their annual media day.  Ranked #3 in the preseason by the College Hockey News -- the Irish will also be opening their brand new "hockey cathedral" -- The Compton Family Ice Arena this season.  Should be great fun!

LINK:  HOCKEY MEDIA DAY COVERAGE

LINK:  COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS RANKINGS

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Notre Dame Locker Room Celebration @ Pitt


Here's the UND.COM coverage from inside the Notre Dame locker room at Heinz Field yesterday after the Irish defeated Pitt 15 - 12.  Just click on the link below:

LINK:  NOTRE DAME LOCKER ROOM CELEBRATION

The Talkin' Heads at ESPN -- Recap ND's Win


Yesterday's ESPN telecast featured Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman (noted ND Hater) and Urban Meyer (we know his story) in the booth giving us their expert opinions on what ails our Irish.  After the game, the three recapped what they witnessed -- Urban kind of put it to Coach Kelly and his staff with this comment -- "at every position, Notre Dame is more talented than their opponent..."

LINK:  NOTRE DAME'S WIN OVER PITT

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A "Good Win" for the Irish -- Coach Kelly


The Irish beat Pittsburgh 15 - 12 despite making it very hard for themselves the first three plus quarters.  The stat of the day is the Notre Dame defense has now just given up just one offensive TD in seven of their last eight games.  THINK ABOUT THAT!  Here's what Coach Kelly and the players had to say after the game -- along with a few of the sportswriters:

LINK:  COACH KELLY POST GAME PRESSER

LINK:  PLAYER INTERVIEWS

LINK:  PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

IT'S GAME DAY FOR NOTRE DAME!

Well, last week's game was the biggest of the season -- and I think this week is even bigger for the Irish!  We need to get on a roll -- and nothing would be better for this team than to have a PERFECT game on ABC.  Game time is 12:00 PM NOON ET.  Here's what the "experts" are sayin' about today's game:

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

LINK:  PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

AN EPIC MOMENT FOR A DOMER!

Folks, I missed posting yesterday because I was in downtown Grand Rapids attending Revere La Noue' unveiling of THE EPIC BRONCOS last night at ArtPrize.  Revere, a former Notre Dame lacrosse player, created a 40' x 160' painting that is hanging from Western Michigan University's building in Grand Rapids.  Here's a link to a news story about this epic moment for a Domer:

LINK:  THE EPIC BRONCOS

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pitt Week: Notre Dame's Thursday Update


Here's what's being said by the Irish and by a few in the media about Saturday's noon kick-off at Heinz Field.  The game will be televised by ESPN -- nationally.  Here's a few links:

LINK:  COACH KELLY AFTER PRACTICE TODAY

LINK:  PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  THE RED ARMY

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Domer To Unveil The Epic Broncos @ ArtPrize


Revere La Noue, a former lacrosse player at the University of Notre Dame and owner of the Mascot Gallery will be unveiling his most prolific work yet this Friday night in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at the 2011 ArtPrize.

Notre Dame fans may remember Revere's "The Original Fighting Irish" work that hangs in Brian Kelly's office.

La Noue and more than 1,500 artists from around the world are competing in the ARTPRIZE -- one of the top art competitions on the planet.  And, La Noue is going to make the biggest splash of all when he unveils a 40' x 160' piece of art he created in collaboration with Western Michigan University called THE EPIC BRONCOS -- Friday night at 8:41 PM ET.  Here's a few links to what Revere is up to:

LINK:  GRAND RAPIDS PRESS STORY

LINK:  WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY SITE

LINK:  MASCOT GALLERY -- OFFICIAL SITE

2011 NCAA Defensive Rankings After Week #3

  

Here's a look at where Notre Dame's "D BOYS" are ranked among their peers in college football after Week 3 of the 2011 season.  You'll also see how we fared in 2010 and 2009 -- and the 2011 NCAA Leader in every defensive category:

NOTRE DAME DEFENSE -- 2011 TEAM STATISTICS

Quarterback Sacks:  2011 after game #3:  5 sacks, ranked #53 in the country.  2010 Rank #45 with 26 QB sacks -- in 2009 we had 19 QB sacks for the season, ranking us #92.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Florida International with 15 sacks.

Tackles for Loss:  2011 after game #3:  5.33 average tackles for loss per game, ranked #76 in the country.  2010 Rank #65 with an average of 5.63 tackles for loss per game -- in 2009 we averaged 6.0 tackles for loss per game, ranking us #48 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Rutgers averaging 10.5 tackles for loss per game.

Interceptions:  2011 after game #3:  4 interceptions, ranked #18 in the country.  2010 Rank #32 with 14 interceptions -- in 2009 we had 12 interceptions for the season, ranking us #50.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Vanderbilt leads with 10 interceptions.

First Downs:  2011 after game #3:  19 first downs allowed per game, ranked #62 in the country.  2010 Rank - #30 allowing an average of 17.92 first downs per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 19.67 first downs per game, ranking us #72.  2011 NCAA Leader:  UCONN allowing only 10 first downs per game.

Third Down Conversion Rate:  2011 after game #3:  allowed a 25% conversion rate on third down, ranked #10 in the country.  2010 Rank #22 allowing only 35.08% conversion rate on third down -- in 2009 we allowed a 39.5% conversion rate, ranking us #67.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Ohio University allowing only 18.6% conversion rate on third down.

Red Zone Efficiency:  2011 after game #3:  allowed opponents to score 73% of the time, ranked #31 in the country.  2010 Rank #53 allowing the team to score 81% of the time -- in 2009 we allowed teams to score 75% of the time, ranking us #15.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Western Michigan University and Oklahoma who have not allowed an opponent to score yet this season in the red zone.

Turnovers Gained:  2011 after game #3:  5 turnovers gained, ranked #48 in the country.  2010 Rank - #54 with 21 turnovers gained -- in 2009 we gained 19 turnovers for the season, ranking us #80.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Cincinnati with 13 turnovers gained this season.

Rushing Yards:  2011 after game #3:  89.67 rushing yards per game given up, ranked #30 in the country.  2010 Rank #57 giving up an average of 147 yards rushing per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 170 yards rushing per game, ranking us #89.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Florida giving up an average of 30.67 yards rushing per game.

Passing Yards:  2011 after game #3:  265 passing yards per game given up, ranked #97 in the country.  2010 Rank #44 giving up an average of 206 yards passing per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 227 yards passing per game, ranking us #76 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  University of Central Florida giving up an average of 93.67 passing yards per game.

Total Yards:  2011 after game #3:  354.67 yards of total offense per game given up, ranked #58 in the country.  2010 Rank #49 giving up 353 yards per game -- in 2009 we gave up an average of 397 yards per game, ranking us #86.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Kansas State giving up an average of 164 yards per game in total offense.

Points Allowed Per Game:  2011 after game #3:  23.67 points allowed per game, ranked #63 in the country.  2010 Rank #29 giving up 20.5 points per game -- in 2009 we gave up 25.3 points per game, ranking us #63.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Kansas State allowing 3.5 points per game.


LINK:  NOTRE DAME OFFENSE -- NATIONAL RANKINGS

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Is INDEPENDENCE Still An Option For the Irish?

I'm an old-school traditionalist in most facets of my life.  And, when it comes to the University of Notre Dame there are some things that are OFF LIMITS from my perspective:
  • No markings on the GOLD HELMETS
  • And, NO conference affiliation for football
Well, two weeks ago there were green shamrocks on our gold helmets -- I ended up not minding that so much...

And, in the last few days the announcement that Pitt and Syracuse were fleeing the Big East for the ACC -- has re-ignited the "Notre Dame football to a conference" conversation... 

This I'm going to mind!!!

Here's all the latest chatter about Notre Dame football and the "perceived" pressure to join a conference -- DON'T DO IT JACK!!!

LINK:  CNNSI

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

LINK:  NAPLES NEWS

LINK:  YAHOO SPORTS

LINK:  ESPN BLOG

LINK:  MADISON EXAMINER

LINK:  PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

LINK:  DESERET NEWS 

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  THE DAILY CARDINAL

LINK:  PALM BEACH POST

LINK:  BIRMINGHAM NEWS

Pittsburgh Week: Notre Dame's Monday Update


Brian Kelly met with the media at lunch time today to talk about Saturday's game with Pittsburgh.  Here's a link to the presser -- along with links to what the media is sayin' today about the Irish and their next opponent:

LINK:  BRIAN KELLY TALKS PITT

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

LINK:  PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

Monday, September 19, 2011

Inside Notre Dame -- TV Show


Here's a link to Inside Notre Dame -- the weekly ND Football TV Show.

LINK:  INSIDE NOTRE DAME -- TV SHOW

Notre Dame's First Verbal Commit Class of 2013


Steve Elmer, a 6'-6" 297 lb. offensive lineman out of Midland, MI committed to Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly before the Irish's game with Michigan State on Saturday.  Here's a link to the Midland Daily News story -- ND fans will enjoy this:

LINK:  ELMER COMMITS TO NOTRE DAME

NCAA Offensive Statistics After Week #3


It's time again for our weekly look at where Notre Dame Football ranks in certain statistical categories amongst the 120 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision -- FOR THE 2011 SEASON.  In today's analysis you'll see how Notre Dame's Offense & Special Teams currently stand; on a national basis -- as compared to their final ranking for 2010 and 2009 and the current national leader in each category:


OFFENSIVE TEAM STATISTICS

First Downs:  2011 after game #3:  24.33 first downs -- ranked #24 in the country.  2010 Rank #57 with 19.83 first downs per game -- in 2009 we averaged 24.4 first downs per game for the season, ranking us #13.  2011 NCAA Leader:  The University of South Florida with an average of 30.67 first downs per game.

Third Down Conversions:  2011 after game #3:  45% -- ranked #44 in the country.  2010 Rank #76 with a 37.5% conversion rate -- in 2009 we had a 39.1% conversion rate for the season, ranking us #48.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech with a 70.59% third down conversion rate.

Passing Yards Per Attempt:  2011 after game #3:  7.6 yards per passing attempt -- ranked #52 in the country.  2010 Rank #75 with 6.8 yards passing per attempt -- in 2009 we averaged 8.7 yards passing per attempt, ranking us #7 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech averaging 22.5 yards per pass attempt.
  
Passing Yardage:  2011 after game #3:  289 yards per game -- ranked #27 in the country.  2010 Rank #29 with 257 yards per game  (3,089 yards for the season)  -- in 2009 we passed for 323 yards per game (3,882 yards for the season), ranking us #7.  2011 NCAA Leader:  University of Houston and Oklahoma State University averaging 408 passing yards per game.

Rushing Yards Per Attempt:  2011 after game #3:  4.6 yards per game -- ranked #46 in the country.  2010 Rank #83 with 3.9 yards rushing per attempt -- in 2009 we averaged 3.8 yards rushing per attempt, ranking us #76 in the country.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech averaging 7.9 yards per rushing attempt.

Rushing Yardage:  2011 after game #3:  143 rushing yards per game -- ranked #70 in the country.  2010 Rank #97 with 121 yards rushing per game (1,450 yards for the season) -- in 2009 we rushed for 127 yards per game  (1,539 yards for the season), ranking us #88.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech averaging 427.67 rushing yards per game.

Most QB Sacks Given Up:  2011 after game #3:  3 sacks given up -- ranked #25 in the country.  2010 Rank #66 giving up 19 QB sacks -- in 2009 we gave up 25 QB sacks for the season, ranking us #66.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Five teams have yet to give up a sack this season.

Fewest Pass Interceptions Thrown: 2011 after game #3:  6 interceptions thrown -- ranked #114.  2010 Rank #105 having thrown 16 pass interceptions -- in 2009 we threw 5 interceptions for the season, raking us #4.  2011 NCAA Leader:  12 schools have yet to throw an interception this season.

Fewest Fumbles Lost:  2011 after game #3:  7 fumbles lost -- ranked #120 in the country -- Notre Dame leads the country in most fumbles lost.  2010 Rank #31 having lost 8 fumbles -- in 2009 we lost 9 fumbles for the season ranking us #39.  2011 NCAA Leader:  14 schools have yet to lose a fumble.

Fewest  Turnovers Lost:  2011 after game #3:  13 turnovers lost -- ranked #119 (last) in the country -- in a tie with Western Kentucky for most turnovers lost.  2010 Rank #84 with 24 turnovers lost -- in 2009 we had 14 turnovers for the season, ranking us #7.  2011 NCAA Leader:  9 schools have had one turnover this season.

Total Offense:  2011 after game #3:  432 yards per game -- ranked #37 in the country.  2010 Rank #63 with 378 yards per game of offense -- in 2009 we had 451 yards per game of offense, ranking us #8.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech with 675.33 yards per game in total offense.

Points Per Game:  2011 after game #3:  27.33 points per game -- ranked #69 in the country.  2010 Rank #73 with 25.75 points per game -- in 2009 we averaged 30.1 points per game for the season, ranking us #32.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Georgia Tech averaging 59.33 points per game.
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TEAM STATISTICS

Fewest Penalties:  2011 after game #3: 23 penalties -- ranked #97 in the country.  2010 Rank #10 with 55 penalties -- in 2009 we had 75 penalties for the season, ranking us #50.  2011 NCAA Leader:  East Carolina University only has 3 penalties this season.

Fewest Penalty Yards:  2011 after game #3:  67 yards in penalties per game -- ranked #102 in the country.  2010 Rank #25 with 511 yards in penalties -- in 2009 we had 666 yards in penalties, ranking us #60.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Naval Academy averaging only 11.67 penalty yards per game.

Net Punting Yards:  2011 after game #3:  35.8 yards per game -- ranked #78 in the country.  2010 Rank #72 with an average net of 36.9 yards per punt -- in 2009 we averaged 32.1 yards per punt, ranking us #112.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Bowling Green averaging 49.5 net yards per punt.

Field Goals:  2011 after game #3:  2 field goals made -- ranked #68 in the country.  2010 Rank #32 with 15 field goals made.  In 2009 we made 19 field goals, ranking us #22 -- while going 19 for 22 in the process.  2011 NCAA Leader:  Florida and Virginia are tied with nine field goals made this season.

OT: Photo of the Day -- Helmet Stickers


Thought college football fans would enjoy this "close up" of Terrelle Pryor's football helmet this past year at The Ohio State University. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

NBC's Game Replay: ND vs. MSU

Here's the full game replay of NBC's telecast of Notre Dame's 31 - 13 win yesterday over Michigan State.  Just click on the link below:

LINK:  REPLAY OF NOTRE DAME vs. MICHIGAN STATE

Post Game Interviews -- ND's Win Over MSU


Here's the UND.COM coverage after Notre Dame's big win over Michigan State yesterday.  Just click on the links below:

LINK:  PLAYER INTERVIEWS

LINK:  COACH KELLY PRESS CONFERENCE

The Morning After Notre Dame's Win Over MSU


It's always better going to Mass on Sunday morning in Michigan when the Irish beat Michigan State the day before!  Here's what the media is sayin' the mornin' after Notre Dame's 31 - 13 win over the Spartans.  Enjoy!

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

LINK:  POST TRIBUNE

LINK:  FORT WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE -- JACK WALDEN

LINK:  ESPN BLOG

LINK:  GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE -- ERIC HANSEN

LINK:  LANSING STATE JOURNAL

LINK:  DETROIT FREE PRESS -- ROSENBERG

LINK:  DETROIT FREE PRESS -- SIPPLE

LINK:  DETROIT NEWS -- HENNING

Notre Dame Locker Room Celebration

Can't say enough things about the gang at UND.COM and the work they're doing to cover Notre Dame football.  Here's their video from the NOTRE DAME locker room after the big win over MSU:

LINK:  NOTRE DAME LOCKER ROOM

Saturday, September 17, 2011

George Atkinson III -- First Notre Dame TD

Here's the video of George Atkinson III's 89 yard kick-off return for a TD this afternoon in the 1st quarter of Notre Dame's 31 - 13 win over the 15th ranked Michigan State Spartans.  Atkinson, a freshman, showed his sprinter's speed -- here's the link:

LINK:  GEORGE ATKINSON KICK-OFF RETURN

Watch the Post Game Live on NBC!


Folks, we needed this win!  Here's a link to the live web coverage of Coach Kelly's press conference after today's win against the Spartans:

LINK:  COACH KELLY -- LIVE WEBCAST OF PRESSER

Friday, September 16, 2011

Predictions: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame

\Here's what a few of the media experts have to say about tomorrow afternoon's MSU vs. ND football game.  The Spartans have won six of the last seven at Notre Dame Stadium -- it's time we turn the tables IRISH!!!!  Here are their picks:


LINK:  DETROIT FREE PRESS

LINK:  DETROIT NEWS

LINK:  GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Michigan State Week: The Night Before...

Well, it's less than seventeen hours to kick-off of the 2011 MSU vs. ND football game -- and it's a game most Irish fans don't have a clue which way it will go.  Will we play error free and dominate?  Or, will we continue to be our own worst enemy?  WHO KNOWS!!!  Here's a glimpse of what the mood was like on campus today as the 1966 National Championship Team came home:

LINK:  PEP RALLY

LINK:  QB LUNCHEON -- COACH KELLY

LINK:  QB LUNCHEON -- INTERVIEWS

LINK:  QB LUNCHEON -- 1966 NATIONAL CHAMPS

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Michigan State Week: Thursday ND Update


Took a lap around the web tonight to get all of you caught up with who's saying what about Notre Dame's game with Michigan State University.  Here you go!

LINK:  BRIAN KELLY POST PRACTICE

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN TIMES

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  DETROIT NEWS

LINK:  DETROIT FREE PRESS

LINK:  LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Herbstreit Believes In The Irish!


ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit sat down with the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton to talk Notre Dame football.  Here's what ol' "Mr. High School Defense" had to say about the Irish:

LINK:  HERBSTREIT ON THE IRISH

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Look At How Nike Would Handle Notre Dame



The folks at Michigan State University are asking out loud "I thought our colors were GREEN & WHITE?"  You'd never know that with Nike's helmet and jersey/pant designs for their game in October with Michigan.  Looks more like a uniform combo Nike might try to sell our Fighting Irish.  Do you like?

Michigan State Week: Tuesday ND Update

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Coach Brian Kelly met with the media today for his typical Tuesday press conference.  If you'd like to know what he has to say about the Irish and Michigan State -- click on the link below:

LINK:  BRIAN KELLY PRESSER

LINK:  IRISH CONNECTION