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Notre Dame Football Returns Tomorrow!

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The long national nightmare known as summer is officially over so stop pretending you are working today.  No one actually is.  It’s a long weekend.  It’s the eve of the 2015 college football season and our beloved Fighting Irish are now just hours away from kicking off their quest for a playoff run. Our Irish return talent, depth, speed, and skill throughout the depth chart like we haven’t seen perhaps since the days of Lou Holtz.  We have an exciting, albeit inexperienced, new quarterback, and optimism is sky high in South Bend.  The Golden Dome is glistening like only it ...

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Notre Dame 2015: Positional Path to the Playoffs

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Notre Dame plays a real, live game this week, and to get you ready for Saturday’s 7:30 kickoff I’ve developed a little cheat sheet of some keys to the game and ultimately Notre Dame’s season long success, position by position. Quarterback- Can Malik Zaire average 9 yards per passing attempt? This is an offense that is built on explosiveness from all of the skill positions. They’ve got big play threats in receivers Will Fuller and Torii Hunter Jr., among others, running backs Tarean Folston and CJ Prosise, and tight end Alize Jones, who in his first fall camp has been ...

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Jaylon Smith – Notre Dame’s Quiet Leader

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There are many definitions of a leader.  There are some who are vocal and outspoken, some who lead by example, and some who are a combination of all these traits. Many would classify Jaylon Smith as the latter, and I would agree. Without a doubt, the Ft. Wayne native will be looked upon as the leader of the 2015 Notre Dame defensive unit, a unit that has the potential to be a very dangerous squad to opposing offenses. The Irish will look to Smith and the defense early and often in this season, as the offense likely will require time to become ...

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Notre Dame Football Built to Win in 2015

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Every college football team is optimistic at this time of the year.  Everyone is 0-0.  It’s an even slate.  By next Tuesday though, half the teams in the country will already have a notch in the loss column and will have no margin for error the rest of the season.  As Notre Dame prepares to kick off its 2015 season against Texas, it’s hard to imagine they will be one of those teams because this year’s Fighting Irish are built to win NOW. Much has been written about all of the talent and depth that Notre Dame has returning this ...

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Watch: Alize Jones Sick One Handed Catch

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One of the many freshmen expected to make an immediate contribution for Notre Dame this fall is 5-star tight end Alize Jones.  Based on the video of a ridiculous one-handed catch by Jones captured by NDSportsBlogger Laura Thomas, it’s easy to see why. Notre Dame is set to start the season this weekend against Texas.  After watching Jones’ crazy catch below, make sure you are all set with all of the game details we posted this morning and all of the Notre Dame vs Texas series history that was so eloquently outlined for us by Duranko yesterday.  Alize Jones Crazy ...

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Notre Dame vs. Texas – Game Details

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The end of the long and tourtuous off-season is finally upon us.  We are in game week for the first time of the 2015 season with our beloved Fighting Irish making final preparations for hosting the Texas Longhorns for the their first visit to Notre Dame Stadium in 20 years.  As we do every week, here is all of the pertinent information for this weekend’s season opener. Game Details Date: September 5, 2015 Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET Location:  Notre Dame Stadium – Notre Dame, Indiana Tickets:Shop Notre Dame Football Tickets Television: NBC (National Broadcast) Internet Broadcast:  NBC Live Extra Mobile: NBC Live Extra Apps Radio: ISP ...

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Notre Dame vs. Texas: A Look at the History

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When old friend Charley Strong leads his Longhorns onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium, it will be the 11th time Texas and Notre Dame have played. The series had a surprisingly early start as the Irish first played Texas in 1913, winning in Austin 30-7. Knute Rockne was on that Irish team and perhaps got a nice taste of traveling to play. The Irish had drawn first blood. The teams played four more times between then and ’54, with the Irish losing only the ’34 game, 7-6 in South Bend. That game occurred during Notre Dame’s “Dark Ages” the ...

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Notre Dame Football Showtime Series Trailer Released

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The first installment of Notre Dame football’s behind the scenes reality TV show has been released with the first episode a little over a week away from premiering.  Here the first glimpse at the show.  The first episode will premiere on Tuesday, September 8 at 10 PM – a few days after Notre Dame’s season opening showdown with Texas. Set your DVR’s, but for now, enjoy the trailer.

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Ishaq Williams Won’t Play for Notre Dame in ’15

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It had long been speculated that a return to the Notre Dame football team was unlikely for Ishaq Williams following his involvement in last summer’s academic scandal.  Thursday that speculation became reality when the NCAA denied the former 5-star recruit’s appeal for eligibility and in the process preventing him from suiting up for Notre Dame in 2015. Williams, unlike Keivarae Russell, was always thought to be a long shot for reinstatement by the NCAA and had not been practicing with the team making Thursday’s news not particularly devastating for Notre Dame’s chances in 2015.  The news was, however, a devastating ...

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Brian VanGorder Year 2: Go Big or Go Home?

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In the hours after Notre Dame’s 31-0 thrashing of rival Michigan under the lights of Notre Dame Stadium, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s stock had never been higher. His defense had just held Michigan to 289 total yards, forced four turnovers, registered three sacks, and produced perhaps the greatest gif in college football history. He’d replaced Bob Diaco’s “bend but don’t break”, totally unfun philosophy, with an attacking defense where he routinely sent multiple safeties, linebackers, cheerleaders, mascots, or as Don Criqui described it, the whole world. It was beautiful to watch; players flying around, making plays, taking the fight to ...

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