Southern California Review: Defense

Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

This was definitely not how I pictured the season ending, with a 49-14 loss to Southern Cal, but this is the hand we've been dealt. Academic suspensions, numerous injuries, new defensive and offensive coordinators and a talented but young team finally caught up with us. So, how did we look on Saturday against the Trojans? Lets have a look! The Fighting Irish defense gave up 35 points in the first half which is the most points scored against the Irish before half time since Michigan State led … [Read more...]

Louisville Review: Defense

Notre Dame  cornerback Cole Luke (36) breaks up a pass intended for Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) in the second quarter. Credit: USA Today

Before I delve into the performance of the Fighting Irish defense versus Louisville, let me make one thing clear. I support this team win or lose. And I love this team with all of my being. But that being said, there is something that is just not right with this team. Part of it is coaching. Part of it is team performance. Part of it is chemistry. It is not one thing that needs to be fixed and it is not something that can be fixed overnight or in one week's time. All of that being said, lets … [Read more...]

Northwestern Review: Defense


It's a hard knock life. I never imagined after sitting in Notre Dame Stadium for a very cold Notre Dame - Northwestern football game that I would walk out of there having witnessed a Notre Dame loss. I still have no words, no rational explanation for what happened on Saturday, so let's get right to it. How did our defense look on Saturday? Notre Dame now has at least one interception in each of its last 13 games. This is the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind only Ole Miss' 15 … [Read more...]

It Ain’t Over Yet


Guest post by Oscar McBride After last week's loss to Arizona State my good friend Lisa thought it would be a good idea for me to pen some thoughts, opinions and air some frustrations with you about our football team as we move into the home stretch of the college football season … (Deep breath) Here goes … I would like nothing more than to write some phenomenally brilliant masterpiece for you to digest, especially after Saturday’s loss. Instead, I think the best thing for me to do is … [Read more...]

Arizona State Review: Defense

Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Romeo Okwara (45) looks on prior to the game against the Arizona State (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

It had the makings of a classic Notre Dame comeback ... down by 28 and then suddenly only down by 3 ... but the obstacles that the Irish offense presented just could not be overcome by the Notre Dame defense. Even if you have the best defense in all of college football, it's still a big task to overcome when your offense has five turnovers. So how did the Irish defense perform on Saturday versus Arizona State?! Lets take a look!! This was the third time this year that both Notre Dame and its … [Read more...]