September 20 // Notre Dame Football

Red Zone No Longer a Dead Zone for Notre Dame

Notre Dame WR Corey Robinson (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in action during the Shamrock Series against Purdue. 
(Photo - Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

One of the most frustrating aspects of Notre Dame’s disappointing 9-4 campaign in 2013 was the Irish’s red zone futility.  A year ago the Notre Dame offense scored points on just 80% of their trips inside the opponent’s 20 yard line while scoring touchdowns just 53% of the time.  Fast forward a year and the [...]

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September 19 // Notre Dame Football

Grading Notre Dame at the Bye: Defense

Brian VanGorder - Notre Dame DC

Notre Dame lost six starters from last year’s defense and changed defensive schemes following the departure of Bob Diaco to be the head coach of UConn and subsequent hiring of Brian VanGorder.  Surely the Irish defense was going to be a liability and take a step back in 2014.  Well, three games into the season [...]

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September 19 // Notre Dame Football

Grading Notre Dame at the Bye: Offense

Everett Golson - Notre Dame vs. Rcie

As Notre Dame enters its first bye weekend of the season, we took a closer look at each position unit on the offensive side of the ball today.  The Irish offense, while off to a solid start, has a lot of room for improvement over the final nine games of the season which is a [...]

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September 18 // NFL Fighting Irish

It’s Time for Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis to Head to Canton

Tim Brown - Notre Dame Great WR

The preliminary ballot for the 2015 NFL Hall of Fame was announced on earlier this week and five Notre Dame greats are on the among the 100+ candidates vying for the maximum of eight enshrinees.  Two Irish legends, however, stand out from the group and are long over due for a trip to Canton next [...]

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September 18 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Football 2014 Freshman 1st Quarter Report

Daniel Cage - Notre Dame NT

As Notre Dame heads into the second quarter of the 2014 season, the Irish are 3-0 in part because of the play of its freshman class.  Though not as heralded as some of their predecessors, this year’s freshman class has still been able to provide immediate impact at positions of need from day one. After [...]

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September 17 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly Impressed with Everett Golson

everett-golson-scramble

After improving to 3-0 by beating Purdue in Week 3, Notre Dame rests up during its bye week before turning the page to Syracuse. Hear from Irish head coach Brian Kelly on what he liked about the play of his quarterback, Everett Golson. Today’s video is brought to us by the ACC Network. Next week [...]

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September 17 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Defense – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB

As Notre Dame enters its first bye week of the season, we take a close look at the revitalized Notre Dame defense led by a ground of talented youngsters who give the Irish defense hope for years to come.   We’ll analyse the switch to Brian Van Gorder 4-3 defense, the impact thus far, what to expect [...]

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September 17 // Notre Dame Football

IBG: Evaluating Notre Dame at the Bye Edition

Sheldon Day - Notre Dame vs. Rice

Notre Dame might be a on bye week this week, but the Irish Blogger Gathering isn’t.  We’re hard at work again this week with our weekly roundtable discussion of the Fighting Irish as we discuss where Notre Dame is headed into the bye week and what our expectations are for the remainder of the season. [...]

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September 16 // Notre Dame Football

10 Things For Notre Dame to Work on During the Bye

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame v. Purdue

Notre Dame’s early season bye week really could not have come at a better time for the Fighting Irish.  With some mounting injuries and plenty of areas to address despite a 3-0 record, Brian Kelly and his coaching staff have an extra week of practice to address those areas and allow their team to heal. [...]

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September 16 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame – Syracuse Kick-Off Set for Prime Time

Notre Dame - Syracuse 2014

Notre Dame fans hoping the Irish’s next game would end well before midnight on the east coast will be disappointed today after the kick-off time for the September 27th game against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium was announced for 8PM ET on Monday.   The prime time kick off will be the third consecutive prime time [...]

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September 15 // Notre Dame Football

Video: Everett Golson In SI’s Week 3 Heisman Watch

Everett Golson - Notre Dame v. Purdue

Sports Illustrated’s Zac Ellis breaks down the top performances from Week 3 of college football action. Ellis thinks that Notre Dame’s Everett Golson is not receiving enough attention in the early season as he has guided the Irish to a 3-0 record heading into their first bye week of the season. We talked about Golson’s [...]

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September 15 // Notre Dame Football

Duranko’s Digest: What Did We See Against Purdue?

Tarean Folston - Notre Dame v. Purdue

Rallying from the season’s first deficit, the Irish tightened the screws defensively and scored the Shamrock Classic’s games last 20 points to beat Purdue 30-14, moving to 3-0 before the very welcomed Saturday off. Purdue led Notre Dame for only 2:47, as Everett Golson led the Irish to their third consecutive half-ending touchdown drive, as [...]

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September 15 // Notre Dame Football

5 Things I Didn’t Like from Notre Dame v. Purdue ’14

Max Redfield - Notre Dame v. Purdue

For the first time this season this column was unfortunately not hard to write.  The last two weeks Notre Dame left very little for their not to like with a blowout of Rice and an embarrassment of Michigan.  The Irish looked ordinary against Purdue for much of the game, however, and a let a team [...]

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September 15 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. Purdue ’14 – Shamrock Stickers

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame v. Purdue

Notre Dame moved to 3-0 on the season with a 30-14 victory over in-state rival Purdue in the annual Shamrock Series game.  The Irish overcame some early adversity as they trailed late in the first half before pulling away.  The Irish made adjustments at halftime and were able to shut down the Boilermakers offense in [...]

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September 14 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Moves Into Top 10

Notre Dame - Top 10

Even though Notre Dame turned in a fairly underwhelming performance in Indianapolis on Saturday, the Irish found themselves back in the top 10 for the first time since 2012 on Sunday thanks to some upsets to top 10 teams on Saturday. Notre Dame entered the weekend ranked 11th in both both polls but moved up [...]

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