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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November 9 // Notre Dame Football

Duranko’s Digest: Notre Dame’s Disaster in the Desert

Everett Golson - Notre QB Fumble vs. ASU

On a weekend when the sports media bubbled over with Veteran’s Day references, Notre Dame’s offense, in whole and in part, was simply overrun  by Arizona State’s blitz package.  It involved as much shock,  awe, cost and casualty, discounting for the fact that football remains a delightful,  but essentially,  extracurricular,  activity, as North Viet Nam’s [...]

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November 9 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. Arizona State – Shamrock Stickers

Cam McDaniel - Notre Dame RB TD vs. ASU

The Irish saw their national championship hopes go up in flames as they lost 55-31 to Arizona State.  Notre Dame was overwhelmed by the Sun Devils blitz which led to five Irish turnovers and 28 points for Arizona State.  Everett Golson struggled mightily as he was under pressure most times he dropped back to pass [...]

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November 9 // Notre Dame Football

Furious Comeback Falls Short: Notre Dame – Arizona State Highlights


Notre Dame fell behind 34-3 to Arizona State before storming back to pull within just three points at 34-31 in the 4th quarter, but a flurry of late scores by the Sun Devils burned Notre Dame’s playoff hopes in flames in the desert. Here’s the highlights of Notre Dame’s second loss of the season to [...]

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November 8 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Campus Report – Arizona State Preview

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) during pre game warmups before their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame travels to Tempe, Arizona tomorrow for a showdown with the CFP Rankings #9 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils.  We have outlined some key matchups, players to watch, and look into Notre Dame’s struggles the week following playing Navy in this video that our partners at USA Today Sports have created for us.  

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November 8 // Notre Dame Football

IBG: Operation Desert Storm Edition


The Irish Blogger Gathering is back this week with the Irish headed for a top 10- showdown later today in the desert. Before getting into everyone’s questions, here was mine for the week.  Notre Dame has not been strong the week following Navy under Brian Kelly and at the end of the Charlie Weis Era. [...]

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November 7 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Heads to Desert for Season-Defining Matchup

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly waits with his players before taking the field against the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

College football is known for its unpredictability, a trait that has caused an explosion of popularity for the sport.  But no one could have foreseen the strangeness of Notre Dame’s 2014 season to date.  Shutting out Michigan for the first time in Notre Dame’s history on primetime television, a last second come-from-behind touchdown pass against [...]

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November 5 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame vs ASU – Game Details

Notre Dame and Arizona State will face off against each other in Sun Devil Stadium in 2014 after all after reaching an agreement to keep the game on the 2014 schedule.  (Photo: Rick Scuteri / USA TODAY Sports)

Game Details Date: November 8, 2014 Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET Location:  Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ Tickets:  Shop for Tickets Television: ABC Internet Broadcast:  n/a (Archive game available on Watch ESPN following the game) Mobile: n/a Radio: ISP Sports Network Weather: Forecast for Nov 8 – Tempe, AZ Opponent Details Conference: Pac 12 Head Coach: Todd Graham (3rd year, 23-10) 2014 Record: 7-1 2013 [...]

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November 5 // Notre Dame Football

Campus Insiders: College Football Playoff Rankings – Week 11


Campus Insiders’ Bonnie Bernstein, Doug Chapman, and Pete Fiutak break down the latest rankings as well as interview Committee Chairman Jeff Long. Plus our Notre Dame insider Allen Pinkett and our Michigan State insider Joe Rexrode debate which program is more deserving of playoff consideration while Pete makes his argument for Duke… yes, Duke!

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November 4 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame v. Arizona State ’14 – Key Matchups

Nyles Morgan - Notre Dame LB

The Irish will face another tough road test this week when they travel to Tempe to tangle with Arizona State.  The Sun Devils are slight favorites over the Irish but Notre Dame possesses all the tools to get the win and move to 8-1 on the season.  With Joe Schmidt now out for the season [...]

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