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Notre Dame v. Louisville ’14 – Shamrock Stickers

November 24, 2014Comments (0)

Notre Dame v. Louisville '14 - Shamrock Stickers

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 [...]


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

November 23, 2014Comments (9)

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

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 [...]


Notre Dame v. Louisville ’14 – Key Matchups

November 21, 2014Comments (92)

Notre Dame v. Louisville '14 - Key Matchups

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 [...]


Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly Faces Tough Questions

November 19, 2014Comments (64)

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly Faces Tough Questions

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 [...]


Notre Dame v. Northwestern – Shamrock Stickers

November 18, 2014Comments (92)

Notre Dame v. Northwestern - Shamrock Stickers

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 [...]


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

November 18, 2014Comments (5)

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

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.


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

November 17, 2014Comments (76)

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

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.


Notre Dame v. Northwestern ’14 – Key Matchups

November 14, 2014Comments (111)

Notre Dame v. Northwestern '14 - Key Matchups

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 [...]


Where Does Notre Dame Football Go From Here?

November 10, 2014Comments (199)

Where Does Notre Dame Football Go From Here?

  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 [...]


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

November 9, 2014Comments (60)

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

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 [...]


Notre Dame v. Arizona State – Shamrock Stickers

November 9, 2014Comments (7)

Notre Dame v. Arizona State - Shamrock Stickers

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 [...]


Furious Comeback Falls Short: Notre Dame – Arizona State Highlights

November 9, 2014Comments (26)

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 [...]


Notre Dame Campus Report – Arizona State Preview

November 8, 2014Comments (65)

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.  


IBG: Operation Desert Storm Edition

November 8, 2014Comments (3)

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. [...]


Notre Dame Heads to Desert for Season-Defining Matchup

November 7, 2014Comments (52)

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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