L-S-WHO? Irish Defeat Tigers 31-28

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If the 2012 championship game against Alabama was a yardstick applied with gusto to the backside of Coach Brian Kelly's Irish, the 2014 Music City Bowl victory over 23rd-ranked LSU was yet another sort of measure in Notre Dame's journey from relevance to validation. Trading gaudy, gash-y runs and kick returns for shattering, clock-consuming drives, the unranked and injury-riddled Irish bested a ranked-SEC squad for the first time since 1992, unless you count back-to-back wins over A&M in … [Read more...]

How Will Brian Kelly Pull off a Two QB Offense?

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As we mentioned yesterday, Brian Kelly announced that the Notre Dame offense would play both Everett Golson and Malik Zaire in the Music City Bowl against LSU. Yes, the dreaded two QB system is here and Kelly didn't completely rule out using it next year either. I'm not overly keen on the idea. The whole "if you have two QBs, you don't have one" has rung true more often than not. Despite that mantra, there are still examples of teams that have pulled it off with varying degrees of … [Read more...]

Tempo for Tigers: Comparing the Pace of the Irish Offense

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When Brian Kelly assumed the mantle of coaching the Fighting Irish, there was an expectation that he would bring the crazy insane, up-tempo offense that put his Bearcats in that year's Sugar Bowl against Florida. "Up-tempo" can mean a couple of things. Think "number of plays per game," or "time between plays," or "caravan of fat people charging into an all-you-can-eat casino buffet." For the purposes of this piece, I'm going to look at the number of plays per game the Irish have managed under … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: A Tale of Two Teams

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It was the best of seasons, it was the worst of seasons; it was a game of touchdowns, it was a game of turnovers; it was the inspiration for belief, it was the cause of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the autumn of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had a playoff berth before us, we had a second-tier bowl before us; we were in Heaven on earth, we were in a cold, wet Stadium of defeat. Since 1887, we’ve had worse seasons, but few as … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: “The Irish Awaken” Edition

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... ...okay, so it'll be tomorrow on a football field on the west coast... Episode XII THE IRISH AWAKEN It is a dark time for all Notre Dame fans. The Fighting Irish have lost three games in a row for the second time in the Brian Kelly era. Turnovers, missed field goals, botched holds, and injuries have plagued the Irish. With their backs against the wall, the Irish travel west to face their long-time rivals, SOUTHERN CAL, and to achieve the … [Read more...]