Combine-ing the Options: The NFL Draft and the 2015 Roster

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With just three invites to this year's NFL scouting combine, you would think alarm-bells would be ringing out across the land of the Fighting Irish. After garnering six invites in 2012, eight in 2013, and nine in 2014, a mere three invitees seems to show a slip in next-level talent. If it does, and I'm not saying it does, the up side is that the Irish are going to be stacked heading into 2015. Ben Koyack, Kyle Brindza, and DaVaris Daniels are Notre Dame's representatives at the 2015 NFL … [Read more...]

Playing the Numbers: How do the Irish Stack Up?

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With National Signing Day in the rear-view mirror, and with the popularity, and proliferation, of shows about "the haul," shows like Deadliest Catch, Lobster Wars, Alaska Fish Wars, Swords: Life on the Line, and Wicked Tuna, it struck me that it might be interesting to compare Notre Dame's recruiting hauls under now sixth-year Head Coach Brian Kelly with our 2015 competition. Then, I threw LSU into the mix, for a little flavor, a little lagniappe. So, without further ado, let's look at the … [Read more...]

National Signing Day So Far: The Irish at 24

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Well, it's been a good day, so far, for the Notre Dame Figthing Irish, with twenty-four recruits, including early-enrollees, in the bag. Once again, Coach Kelly and his staff trolled far and wide to land this class, pulling athletes from what appear to be thirteen (13) states, giving Brian Kelly 224 votes in the Electoral College. But the biggest troll of the day, so far, was the (tragically-incorrect) news that Brady Hoke had joined the Irish coaching staff as a defensive coach. This would … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Still Squarely in Playoff Picture

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I know. Being the second-ranked football team this week would make us all feel a lot more comfortable about our chances of making the inaugural edition of the College Football Playoffs. We are one silly offensive pass interference away from "hosting" a first round playoff matchup. Now that we're all done throwing our remotes, replacing our flat screens, and replenishing our liquor cabinets, it's time to look at the playoff picture. The whole picture. We don't know what exactly the 12-person … [Read more...]

TCB Poll: Week 8 Reactions

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Beginning in 2014, a playoff selection committee will determine which four college football teams play for the national title. Some are skeptical of the committee, so we -- the Elvii of college football -- have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations. We call it the T.C.B. Poll. … [Read more...]