The Blue Chip Ratio Revisited: Conference Data versus Schedule Data


Last week in this space we examined how a hypothetical “conference” containing Notre Dame compared to the five major football conferences on the strength of their recruiting. Now this  conference was nothing more than Notre Dame’s opponents the past four years (minus the schools from non-AQ … [Read more...]

UPDATE: “Conference Notre Dame” is Popular Destination for Nation’s Top Recruits

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(This post has been updated to include important data. See below.) Notre Dame is swimming in blue chips. How well do our opponents recruit? With National Signing Day now in the rear view mirror, we can see Coach Kelly and company have put together another strong class. This group not only passes … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Our Forces

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Evidently we’re playing something called the Air Force Academy this weekend.  I’ve never really understood what an “Air Force” actually is.  We never had one in France – and if we had (let’s be honest) they would have found a way to surrender promptly.  We never had an Air Force back when I was … [Read more...]

Ogling Orgeron: Looking at USC’s New Coach

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The Notre Dame/University of Southern California game on Saturday, under the lights and going off the rails at Notre Dame, will be the twelve thousandth meeting between the two schools, who have been playing college football since the reign of Ximodines LVI. It is also a match between two schools … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: True Colors

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Green is good.  It’s the color of God’s green earth.  Green is the shade of Ireland – 40 shades of Ireland.  Green is one of OUR colors.  Not the ugly reptilian green of Michigan State; not the olivetan green of Tulane and their wave.  This is Irish Green…shall we say Kelly Green.  What wonderful … [Read more...]