Though I'd prefer to offer an opinion on all things Irish, I understand some of you (roughly one percent) might not care what I think.
This weekly column is for you.
Below is the first of 13 weekly stats-only features offering 13 numbers to prepare you for the upcoming game and season.
1 – Quarterback in the history of college football to run for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,500 in the same season: Nevada Junior Colin Kaepernick last season.
2 – Current Nevada wide receivers that have caught a pass at the college level.
3 – Season-opening losses this decade suffered by Notre Dame: 2001 at Nebraska; 2004 at BYU; and 2007 vs. Georgia Tech. The Irish lost one season-opener (1995 home tilt vs. Northwestern) in the 90s; three in the 80s; two in the 70s; and one in the 1960s.
4 – Consecutive bowl appearances for the Wolf Pack.
5 – Notre Dame freshmen that appeared in last year’s season-opening win vs. San Diego State.
6 – Chris Ault’s spot on the career victories list among head coaches with at least five years of FBS experience (The Hall of Famer is 198-91-1).
7 – Consecutive losses by both the Wolf Pack and the Irish vs. Top 25 teams.
8 – Touchdowns scored by Golden Tate in the previous eight games.
9 – Combined 100+ yard receiving games by Golden Tate and Michael Floyd last season.
10 – Multi-touchdown passing games for Jimmy Clausen over his last 15 contests.
11 – Touchdowns scored by the Irish in four season-opening games during the Weis era.
12 – Seasons since 1980 in which the Irish began – and ended – the season ranked in the A.P. Poll.
13 – 100+ yard rushing games (all by Darius Walker) amassed during the first 25 games of the Weis era (Notre Dame boasts a 12-1 W/L record in those contests). The Irish have totaled just five in 25 contests since (and are 3-2 in that span).
0 – Season opening road victories for Nevada since 1987.
On the Horizon
Irish players that could reasonably accomplish statistical milestones in the season’s opening week:
Needs 67 rushing yards to top the 1,000-yard mark for his career.
Golden Tate: Needs 100 receiving yards to pass Tim Brown and Jim Seymour and tie Maurice Stovall’s career total (seven 100+ yard games) for fourth on Notre Dame’s all-time list. Likewise, a 100+ yard receiving effort by Michael Floyd would move the sophomore into a tie with Rhema McKnight for seventh on the same list.
Raeshon McNeil: Needs one pass break-up to tie Mike Richardson (2002-2006) for 10th on the all-time list, or two break-ups to tie Dave Duerson (1979-1982) in ninth place. (McNeil has been credited with 14 break-ups in his Irish career).
Jimmy Clausen: Needs 239 yards (rushing or passing) to pass Tom Clements (9th); 313 to pass Terry Hanratty (8th); or a career-best 456 to pass Tony Rice (7th) on Notre Dame’s all-time total yardage list at quarterback. Clausen ranks sixth in career passing yards (4,426) and needs 395 to pass Jarious Jackson for fifth place.
Clausen needs three touchdown tosses to replace Jackson (34) in fourth place on the program’s career touchdown passes list. Incidentally, Clausen’s next pick will place him ninth in terms of passes intercepted at the school with 24 (Ralph Guglielmi).
Finally, Clausen will pass Rick Mirer for fourth place in career passing attempts (the junior’s 14th attempt will do the trick) but is likely 13 quarters away from challenging third place on the program’s career completions list (Clausen needs 68 completions to pass Steve Beuerlein).