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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

FBS Independents Week 3 Thoughts

For the most part, the four FBS Independents are looking at more talent than they’ve each respectively seen since the start of the season. These are my thoughts. FRIDAY UMass (0-3) v. Temple (1-1) The Minutemen have yet to lose by more than 10 points, so they’ve played everyone close. As nice as this may…

The Heaters Are Officially On: The Case Against Brian Kelly

Those Irish did it again. They lost to a ranked team. In a close game. At home. In a game they shouldn’t have lost. And with that loss, my attitude has changed. I have long been a vocal supporter of Brian Kelly. I wasn’t quick to jump on and recommend a firing last year because…

How Missing Alohi Gilman Affects The Irish Defense

Back in May, news broke that Navy safety Alohi Gilman wanted out of Annapolis and in to South Bend. It was initially reported that it would be an immediate transfer, making Gilman eligible this season. However, that ship has sailed, according to ESPN; Gilman will not be eligible until next year. At that time, this…

FBS Independents Preview: Army

The last of the Independent teams is Army. Last season was as successful a season as the Black Knights have had in a while – they finished with a winning record at 8-5, won a bowl game, and even defeated Navy for the first time in 15 years. Head coach Jeff Monken has this team…