Saturday, October 31, 2020

Guinness, Montana & Notre Dame -- TV Spot

Dabo Talks Win Over BC -- and Lawrence...

Here's Hoping We're Holding Back 'til Saturday

 

Today's 31 - 13 win over Georgia Tech is not going to win a beauty contest...

But, I'm going to hope -- we're holding back the "good offensive plays" until Saturday night in the HOUSE THAT ROCK BUILT!

 

LINK:  FINAL STATS

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Notre Dame Day Starts Monday at 6:42 PM ET

 

Watch the entire show LIVE at the link below.  Notre Dame Day runs from 6:42 PM ET to MIDNIGHT ET -- Monday and Tuesday nights!

Just click on the + above to enlarge.

 

Brian Kelly's Media Session After 45 - 3 Win!

Latest ACC Football Standings -- October 24


Our Fighting Irish keep moving forward to that big game November 7th against Clemson.  Up next is Georgia Tech who lost 48 - 27 today to Boston College...

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE -- FOOTBALL STANDINGS:

  • Clemson:  5 - 0
  • NOTRE DAME:  4 - 0
  • North Carolina:  4 - 1
  • Miami: 3 - 1
  • NC State:  4 - 2
  • Virginia Tech:  3 - 2
  • Boston College:  3 - 2 
  • Wake Forest:  2 - 2
  • Georgia Tech:  2 -3
  • Pittsburgh:  2 -4
  • Virginia:  1 - 3
  • Louisville: 1 - 4
  • Florida State:  1 - 4
  • Syracuse:  1 -4
  • Duke:  1 - 5
RED denotes on Notre Dame's schedule this season.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Notre Dame Players Talk Win Over Pitt

How Good Has Our Defense Been This Season!


Did some "math" to look at how opposing offenses are doing versus Notre Dame's defense and their other opponents' defense...

 

OVERALL -- NATIONAL RANKINGS:

  • Points allowed per game:  9.8 points per game -- #5 in the country
  • Rushing yards allowed per game:  94.8 yards per game -- #11 in the country
  • Passing yards allowed per game:  178.2 yards per game -- #11 in the country
  • Total Yards allowed per game:  272.4 yards per game -- #5 in the country
  • Third Down Defense:  22.2% conversion by opponent -- #4 in the country

 

DUKE

  • Scored 13 points against Notre Dame
  • Averaging 23 points against the rest 

 

SOUTH FLORIDA

  • Scored 0 points against Notre Dame
  •  Averaging 21.6 points against the rest    


FLORIDA STATE

  • Scored 26 points against Notre Dame
  • Averaging 22.2 points against the rest

 

LOUISVILLE

  • Scored 7 points against Notre Dame
  • Averaging 32.8 points against the rest

 

PITTSBURGH 

  • Scored 3 points against Notre Dame
  • Averaging 29.5 points against the rest

 

 



Pitt Players Talk 45 - 3 Loss to Notre Dame

Pitt's Narduzzi Talks Loss to Notre Dame

Notre Dame Dominates Pitt Today -- 45 - 3

  

 
 
 
LINK:  TEAM STATS

 

 

Lou Holtz & Mark May Talk Notre Dame vs. Pitt

ACC Network: Notre Dame vs. Pitt Preview

Friday, October 23, 2020

Photos: Fighting Irish Leaving for Pittsburgh

 
The Irish landed in Pittsburgh around 8:15 PM ET this evening.  Here's the Fighting Irish getting ready to leave South Bend:
  • Top photo:  Robert Hainsey, Liam Eichenberg, Tommy Kramer and Coach Kelly
  • Middle photo:  Kyle Hamilton and Kyren Williams
  • Bottom photo:  Ian Book

 

Terry Hanratty Interview -- w/ Ryan Harris

Pitt Week: Brian Kelly Show Last Night

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Packer & Durham Interviews Kyren Williams

Notre Dame Interview of the Week!

Jack Swarbrick's UND Night Interview...

Monday, October 19, 2020

Pitt's Narduzzi Talks Notre Dame Game...

Pitt Week: Brian Kelly's Monday Presser

Tale of the Tape: Pitt vs. Notre Dame


Here's how these two teams match up -- going into Saturday's game in Pittsburgh...

Notre Dame Offense vs. Pittsburgh Defense: 

  • Rushing
    • Notre Dame averages 261 yards per game -- #7 in the country
    • Pittsburgh allows 61 yards per game -- #1 in the country
    • Notre Dame averages 5.83 yards per carry -- #6 in the country
    • Pittsburgh allows 1.85 yards per carry -- #1 in the country
  • Passing
    • Notre Dame averages  179.8 yards per game -- #64 in the country
    • Pittsburgh allows 213.2 yards per game -- #27 in the country
    • Notre Dame QB's sacked 2 times per game -- #35 in the country
    • Pittsburgh has sacked QB's 29 times -- #1 in the country 
  •  Total Offense
    • Notre Dame averages 440.8 yards per game -- #23 in the country
    • Pittsburgh allows 274.7 yards per game -- #7 in the country
    • Notre Dame averages 33.3 points per game -- #29 in the country
    • Pittsburgh allows 20.3 points per game -- #16 in the country

 

Notre Dame Defense vs. Pittsburgh Offense:

  • Rushing
    • Pittsburgh averages 107 yards per game -- #70 in the country
    • Notre Dame allows 107.5 yards per game -- #19 in the country
    • Pittsburgh averages 2.89 yards per game -- #70 in the country
    • Notre Dame allows 3.41 yards per rush -- #19 in the country
  • Passing
    • Pittsburgh averages 283.2 yards per game -- #20 in the country
    • Notre Dame allows 189.8 yards per game -- #17 in the country
    • Pittsburgh QB's sacked 2 times per game -- #35 in the country
    • Notre Dame has sacked QB 9 times -- #39 in the country
  • Total Offense
    • Pittsburgh averages 390.2 yards per game -- #49 in the country
    • Notre Dame allows 297.3 yards per game -- #11 in the country
    • Pittsburgh averages 29.5 points per game -- #45 in the country
    • Notre Dame allows 11.5 points per game -- #4 in the country
 

 Other Interesting Stats:

  • Penalties
    • Notre Dame is averaging 3.1 penalties per game -- #6 in the country
    • Pittsburgh is averaging 7.6 penalties per game -- #70 in the country
  • Third Down Offense
    • Notre Dame is converting 48.1% of the time -- #16 in the country
    • Pittsburgh is converting  35.8% of the time -- #61 in the country
  • Third Down Defense
    • Notre Dame is allowing 20.8% of the time -- #2 in the country
    • Pittsburgh is allowing 29.5% of the time -- #14 in the country

Know Thy Foe: Pitt's Narduzzi Talks Loss...

Domer Fullers' 53 Yard TD Catch -- Sunday

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Saturday's Great Test: Can ND Run on Pitt?


The Pittsburgh Panthers know how to play run defense -- they are #1 in the country!   Look at how they have held teams down so far this season:

  • Austin Peay:  1 yard rushing / 22 attempts
  • Syracuse:  51 yards rushing / 34 attempts
  • Louisville:  116 yards rushing / 30 attempts
  • NC State:  62 yards rushing / 30 attempts
  • Boston College:  30 yards rushing / 41 attempts
  • Miami:  109 yards rushing / 42 attempts

 

To give this some context -- here's how these teams rank in rushing on the season:

  • #33 Miami:  179 yards rushing per game
  • #43 Louisville: 161 yards rushing per game
  • #46 NC State:  154 yards rushing per game
  • #74 Syracuse:  81 yards rushing per game
  • #75 Boston College:  66 yards rushing per game

 

Season stats for Pitt's run defense:

  • 61.5 yards per game rushing -- #1 in the country
  • 1.9 yards rushing per attempt -- #1 in the country
  • 2 rushing TD's allowed this season -- #6 in the country

 

Notre Dame's rushing attack:

  • 261 yards rushing per game -- #7 in the country
  • 5.83 yards rushing per attempt -- #5 in the country
  • 13 rushing TD's this season -- #7 in the country

 

This game will match up one of the top defensive lines in the country vs. one of the top offensive lines in the country -- a game that will be truly won in the trenches...

 

LINK:  PITT'S DEFENSIVE LINE

Game Highlights: Notre Dame 12 -- Louisville 7

Notre Dame Moves Up to #3 in Both Major Polls


Most Notre Dame fans were disappointed in the Fighting Irish's 12 - 7 win over the Louisville Cardinals yesterday...

Fortunately, the media and the coaches felt other wise.

Are the IRISH receiving some "favored nation" status for being a member of a conference -- from beat writers and coaches inside the Atlantic Coast Conference?

LINK:  AP POLL & COACHES POLL

Domer Cole Kmet Talks First NFL TD Catch!

First Look at ACC Football Standings


As you can see, Clemson leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 4 - 0 record, followed by our Fighting Irish who are also undefeated at 3 - 0.

Never thought I'd be flashing "conference standings" with Notre Dame football...

 

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE -- FOOTBALL STANDINGS:

  • Clemson:  4 - 0
  • NOTRE DAME:  3 - 0
  • NC State:  4 - 1
  • Virginia Tech:  4 - 1
  • North Carolina:  3 - 1
  • Miami: 3 - 1
  • Georgia Tech:  2 - 2
  • Boston College:  2 - 2
  • Pittsburgh:  2 - 3
  • Wake Forest:  1 - 2
  • Florida State:  1 - 3
  • Virginia:  1 - 3
  • Syracuse:  1 - 3
  • Duke:  1 - 5
  • Louisville: 0 - 4

 

RED denotes on Notre Dame's schedule this season.

I Love How They Play the Victory March!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Notre Dame Players Talk Win Over Louisville

Kevin Austin With Media After First Catch...

Louisville Players Talk Loss to Notre Dame

Louisville Coach Talks Loss to Notre Dame

Brian Kelly Talks 12 - 7 Win Over Louisville

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Lowest Point Total In Home Win Since 1978

Back in 1978, Notre Dame beat Purdue 10 - 6 in a home game...  Today was a WEIRD game in many ways -- it resembled games we've played against the Naval Academy over the years, in regards to offensive possessions.

 

Just The Facts:

  • Notre Dame only had 7 offensive possessions in the game -- Clemson had 8 offensive possessions in the first half alone versus Georgia Tech today
  • Louisville only ran 45 plays on offense --21 in the first half / 24 in the second half!
    • Louisville came into the game averaging 75.8 plays (per game) on offense
  • Louisville's offense came into the game with 9 fumbles and 5 interceptions -- a turnover machine.  There were ZERO turnovers in today's game
  • Louisville's defense had been giving up 34.25 points per game
  • Louisville came into the game with just 3 sacks -- they sacked Book 4 times today...
  • Both starting QB's threw 19 passes
    • Louisville connected on 16 for 134 yards and a TD
    • Notre Dame connected on 11 for 107 yards and no TD's
  • Notre Dame held Louisville to 7 points
    • Louisville scored 35 vs. Western Kentucky
    • Louisville scored 34 vs. Miami
    • Louisville scored 20 vs. Pittsburgh
    • Louisville scored 27 vs. Georgia Tech
  • Notre Dame held Louisville to only 233 yards of offense
    • Louisville gained 487 vs. Western Kentucky
    • Louisville gained 516 vs. Miami 
    • Louisville gained 223 vs. Pittsburgh
    • Louisville gained 471 vs. Georgia Tech
  • Notre Dame gained 339 yards of offense today
    • Louisville held Western Kentucky to 248 yards of offense
    • Louisville held Miami to 485 yards of offense
    • Louisville held Pittsburgh to 376 yards of offense
    • Louisville held Georgia Tech to 450 yards of offense 

 

Here's what is concerning:

  • Notre Dame's inability to consistently move the ball and score points through the air:
    • Book has only 3 TD passes in our first four games 
      • 57 QB's have more TD passes than Ian this season -- only 76 teams are currently playing FBS
    • Book's completing just 61.7% of his passes
      • Ian completed 68.2% of his passes during the 2018 season 
      • Ian completed 60.2% of his passes during the 2019 season

 

Here's what is not concerning:

  • 10 straight wins -- longest in college football!
  • 22 straight wins at home
  • Ian Book is 24 - 3 as a starting QB! 

 

GO IRISH -- KEEP WINNING!

#5 Notre Dame Rallies to Beat #10 Pitt!

Louisville Beat Writer -- How To Beat ND...


Thought we should read this prior to kick-off this afternoon... 

LINK:  LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL

ACC Digital Network Story on Kyren Williams

Ryan Harris Interview of Joe Theismann

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett -- She Had No Notes...

The Notre Dame alum and professor -- took questions for many hours yesterday from 22 United States Senators -- without any reference material or notes... Impressive.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

FSU's Norvell Talks Loss to Notre Dame

Coach Kelly Talks Win Over Florida State...

Irish "Shake Off the Rust" in Win Over FSU...

 

It wasn't pretty...

Notre Dame's 42 -26 win had some highlights -- and some low lights, as the Seminoles took the lead on two separate occasions in the first half...

THE GOOD:

  • Two running backs going for more than 100 yards rushing
  • McKinley -- over 100 yards receiving
  • Not sure how often that has happened at Notre Dame

THE NOT SO GOOD:

  • Two turnovers deep in our own territory -- 10 points to FSU
  • Tackling -- worst we've seen this year
  • Pass defense was the worst we've seen this year

I'm not going to be concerned -- unless it continues into the first half of next week...


LINK: FINAL STATS

Thursday, October 8, 2020

National Rankings of Notre Dame Teams...


Folks, it's been a very successful FALL for every Fighting Irish athletic team competing.  Look at these current national rankings!

 

RANKED #1 IN THE COUNTRY

  • Notre Dame's Men's Cross Country Team

 

RANKED #3 IN THE COUNTRY

  • Notre Dame Women's Cross Country Team

 

RANKED #5 IN THE COUNTRY

  • Notre Dame Football
  • Notre Dame Women's Volleyball 

 

RANKED #14 IN THE COUNTRY

  • Notre Dame Women's Soccer 

 

And, the only team not currently ranked is the Men's Soccer team and they were ranked #5 in the country until they suffered back to back losses in the past week...


FSU Week: HERE COME THE IRISH

Notre Dame Dad / Grandfather and Basketball Hall of Famer -- Dick Vitale was our celebrity guest this week.

FSU's Head Coach Wednesday w/ Media

Dick Vitale Talking About Visiting Notre Dame

 

Dick Vitale is a guest on today's HERE COME THE IRISH Football Show -- you can watch the entire show beginning at 12:11 PM ET -- today.

LINK:  giving.nd.edu/hcti

 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Trader Joe's Opening Up at Eddy Street!


The University of Notre Dame and Kite Realty just announced that a Trader Joe's is under construction just across the street from the new Robinson Community Center on the southwest end of the Eddy Street Commons development. 

Here's the official release.

LINK:  TRADER JOE'S AT NOTRE DAME!

LINK:  LEARN MORE ABOUT TRADER JOE'S

 

FSU Week: Mike Norvell's Monday Media Call

FSU Week: Brian Kelly Monday Media Session

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Domer Rochell's Fiancee Hosts a Podcast...

Former Notre Dame football star Isaac Rochell's fiancee hosts a podcast in L.A. called the Better Half Podcast...

Gift to Arike -- A Scoring Champ Belt!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Domer McGlinchey Talks 49ers Backup QB

In just his third year in the NFL -- Mike McGlinchey has already earned a "C" on his uniform in San Francisco!

Officer Tim McCarthy Left For Heaven...