FBS Independents Week 7 Thoughts

This week, the best and the worst Independent teams are both taking a break. Notre Dame will head into its bye week sitting pretty at 5-1, as they await their matchup with USC next week. UMass will sit down for its second straight bye week, as their game against USF is cancelled (which is something…

How UMass Should’ve Spent Their Back-To-Back Bye Weeks

UMass enjoyed their scheduled bye week last week, and this week, will enjoy another one, as their game against #18 USF has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma-related scheduling conflicts. There’s a chance UMass will play FIU in a separate game later in the year, but that depends on whether FIU plays in their conference…

Best Worst Game Of The Week: Rutgers v. Illinois

Another week, another pick I messed up. I wasn’t convinced Middle Tennessee State could overcome their turnover issue last week, and I was wrong. They took down Florida International by a score of 37-17, not turning the ball over once. Let’s try this again. Our Best Worst Game Of The Week this week is a…

FBS Independents Week 6 Thoughts

The FBS Independents went 2-2 last week. On the winning side was Notre Dame, who absolutely killed Miami by a score of 52-17, and Army, who beat UTEP by two touchdowns (35-21). At this point, these are the only two respectable teams in this ‘conference’, and the only two with a shot at a bowl…

So… Who’s Ian Book?

Well, this is something. Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush has spent most of the week in a walking boot after injuring his foot in last Saturday’s win against Miami (OH). While testing showed no structural damage of any kind, Brian Kelly won’t go ahead and name him the starter definitively for this Saturday’s game against 1-4 UNC. If…

FBS Independents Week 5 Thoughts

Another week down, another week the Irish were the only Independent team to come out victorious. The Megaphone is back in South Bend for a while, as they took down Michigan State with ease. BYU enjoyed their bye week, as they try to climb out of the hole their season is currently in. UMass and…

The Evolution of the Irish Defense

Notre Dame enters this Saturday’s matchup against Miami (OH) at a respectable 3-1. I think they realistically should be 4-0, but what’s done is done. Their offense has had no issues putting points up, and quarterback Brandon Wimbush looks like he’s coming around as a passer after a few quality throws last week at Michigan…

Best Worst Game Of The Week: Texas v. Iowa State

If you like offense, and a lot of it, last week’s Best Worst Game Of The Week was the matchup for you. Louisiana Monroe was able to get their revenger over Louisiana-Lafayette (predicted by yours truly) in an absolute barn-burner, 56-50. This week, I’m changing it up a little bit. Both teams are within the…

FBS Independents Week 4 Thoughts

Last week, only one of the four Independents won. Notre Dame was able to take care of Boston College to the tune of 515 rushing yards, headlined by the tandem of running back Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush. UMass was able to make a game out of it with Temple, losing 29-21. All four of the Minutemen’s losses…

Best Worst Game Of The Week: Louisiana Monroe v. Louisiana-Lafayette

It’s my favorite article of the week – the Best Worst Game Of The Week. Last week’s matchup ended in a UAB victory over Coastal Carolina, with the final score of 30-23. Congrats to the Blazers, and to the Chanticleers… maybe next time. Anyways, this week’s action is a thrilling, in-state, interconfertnce bout between two…

Not-So-Dual Threat: Can Brandon Wimbush Improve As A Passer?

Saturday’s game in Chestnut Hill, MA was a historic one for Brandon Wimbush. In the best running effort by a quarterback in program history, Wimbush ran for 4 (!) touchdowns while picking up 207 yards on 21 carries. He contributed to a day in which the Fighting Irish totaled 515 rushing yards. I’ve long been…