December 4 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Quarterback Malik Zaire Rare Bright Spot

Malik Zaire - Notre Dame QB v. USC

Fighting Irish fans that tuned into Notre Dame’s annual rivalry game against Southern California this past Saturday hoping the ailing program would show signs of rejuvenation were sorely disappointed.  Instead they witnessed an intersectional death march where Notre Dame limped into the Coliseum and endured sixty minutes of agony before the Trojans finally put an […]

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December 2 // Notre Dame Football

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

Malik Zaire - Notre Dame QB vs. USC

Ugliness, embarrassment, second disaster of the year.  USC, resisting the temptation to run up the score, buried the Irish 49-14, sending the Irish to its first four game losing streak since 2009, and its biggest loss since 2008. Steve Sarkisian was able to bequeath the very accurate Cody Kessler, able to function calmly without a […]

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November 30 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. USC ’14 – Shamrock Stickers

Greg Bryant - Notre Dame RB v. USC

Notre Dame’s regular season came to a brutal end as they were flattened 49-14 by arch-rival USC.  The Irish were never in the game as the Trojans jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and didn’t let their foot off the gas.  The Trojans were able to do whatever they wanted against […]

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November 25 // Notre Dame Football

For Notre Dame, It’s Often Darkest Before Dawn

Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Chris Brown (2) fumbles the ball on the 1 yard line after being tackled by Northwestern Wildcats safety Ibraheim Campbell (24) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NOTRE DAME has won four national championships in the post-Leahy era: 1) 1966, 2) 1973, 3) 1977, .and 4) 1988. There were myriad near-misses: ’64, ’70, ’80, ’89, ’93, ’12. While past performance is never a guarantee of future results,   there was an eerily similar pattern in the year PRIOR to the four championship years.  Three common themes: […]

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November 25 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. USC ’14 – Key Matchups

Tarean Folston - Notre Dame RB vs. Louisville

Notre Dame will look to avoid losing its fourth straight game when they travel to California to take on arch-rival USC.  The second half of the season has been riddled with mistakes, poor decisions and injuries which have led to a vastly different opinion on the Irish than that of six weeks ago.  The Trojans […]

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November 24 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s Accountability Doesn’t Add Up

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Football Head Coach

Let’s get one thing straight: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is unquestionably the best coach the Fighting Irish have had since legend Lou Holtz roamed the sidelines years ago.  It’s an objective, undeniable fact.  But considering the combined winning percentage (.576) of Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis, the response to that fact […]

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November 24 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. Louisville ’14 – Shamrock Stickers

Will Fuller - Notre Dame v. Louisville

Notre Dame lost its third game in a row and fourth of its last five falling 31-28 to Louisville on senior day.  The Irish were marred by sloppy play yet again with offense, defense and special teams making critical mistakes.  The decision to play Austin Collinsworth and Drue Tranquill ahead of Max Redfield and Elijah […]

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November 23 // Notre Dame Football

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

Kyle Brindza - Notre Dame K

The Fighting Irish lost their third straight game as the Louisville Cardinals befouled Senior Day, 31-28. It is axiomatic to football’s unforgiving math that a team’s stronger units must compensate for its weaker units.  In 2012, Notre Dame’s fierce defense carried a young offense on the defense’s back to a 12-0 season and the National […]

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November 21 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. Louisville ’14 – Key Matchups

Cole Luke - Notre Dame CB v. Northwestern

Notre Dame will look to bounce back from an awful home loss to Northwestern last week when Louisville comes to South Bend. The Irish will have to get back to what made them successful early in the season, which is limiting turnovers and getting stops on defense starting with shutting down the run to have […]

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November 19 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly Faces Tough Questions

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame HC v. Northwestern

Brian, we need to have a sidebar.  The kind of sidebar I watched you attempt to have with starting quarterback Everett Golson after a turnover against Northwestern before he brushed past you on the sideline without a second glance, ignoring whatever coaching you attempted to impart. Take a deep breath and settle down.  You’re amongst […]

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November 18 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. Northwestern – Shamrock Stickers

Will Fuller - Notre Dame WR vs. Northwestern

Notre Dame put forth another embarrassing effort in a loss to 17 point underdog Northwestern.  The Irish have now lost back to back games and have a litany of problems from turnovers to a defense that can’t get stops.  Brian Kelly also coached an atrocious game from benching Max Redfield, a decision to go for […]

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November 18 // Notre Dame Football

Duranko’s Digest: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame’s 1956 Heisman Winner

Oct 2, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Former Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung (5) and Jerry Kramer (64) talk prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Broncos 49-23. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

With Louisville coming in on Saturday, the 22d, Louisvillians will mark this as their first visit to South Bend for football purposes. But over 60 years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a native son of Louisville found his way to South Bend for a little football.

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November 17 // Notre Dame Football

Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against Northwestern?

Nov 15, 2014; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Ben Koyack (18) goes up for a pass that was thrown just out of his reach during a game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Notre Dame Stadium. Northwestern defeated Notre Dame in overtime 43-40. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern beat Notre Dame 43-40 in a game that was as repulsive in its unfolding as the result. It was a bad loss to a bad football team, which may be weaker than Tulsa 2010 or USF 2011. The Fighting Irish played hard, but with shattered confidence. Irish fear and doubt may have been Northwestern’s most valuable assets.

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November 14 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. Northwestern ’14 – Key Matchups

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB vs ASU

The Irish will look to bounce back from a devastating loss to Arizona State this week when they host the struggling Northwestern Wildcats.  Notre Dame should be able to have a solid effort defensively as the Wildcats rank last nationally with just three 30 plus yards plays all season and rank second last nationally in […]

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November 10 // Notre Dame Football

Where Does Notre Dame Football Go From Here?

Everett Golson - Notre Dame QB

  Saturday’s 55-31 blowout loss to Arizona State did more than knock Notre Dame completely out of the college football playoff picture and plummet the Fighting Irish seven spots to No. 15 in the AP Poll.  It left Notre Dame with a painful question to ponder: Where do we go from here? What can be […]

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