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Latest Rankings Deliver Crushing Blow to Notre Dame

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Notre Dame has not been overly impressive the last two weeks and the sloppy play has finally caught up to the Irish in the rankings even if it hasn’t on the scoreboard. Coming off their unimpressive 19-16 win over Boston College, Notre Dame fell all the way to #6 in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings and now find themselves in need of major help heading into their season finale against Stanford. Notre Dame was ranked 4th in the last two College Football Playoff Rankings while Oklahoma checked in at #7, but on the heels of a 5 turnover performance ...

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Tonight’s Playoff Rankings Critical for Notre Dame

Notre Dame CFP Rankings Week 13

Many have argued that the only College Football Playoff Rankings that really matter are the final ones that will be announced on December 6 because they are the rankings that determine the playoff teams.  While this is true in a sense, tonight’s playoff rankings are of utmost importance to Notre Dame heading into the final week of the regular season. Notre Dame clung on to the 4th spot in the rankings last week despite Oklahoma beating Baylor on the road and Oklahoma State taking down TCU all while staying ahead of Iowa who remained unbeaten.  This week, however, the Irish ...

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Boston College v. Notre Dame ’15: Shamrock Stickers

Chris Brown - Notre Dame WR vs. Boston College

It wasn’t pretty but the Irish survived and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 19-16 victory versus Boston College in the Shamrock Series game at Fenway Park.  The Irish were plagued by turnovers that kept the Eagles in the game despite the vast gap in talent.  The Notre Dame defense was able to do enough to lift the offense up and limit the points off turnovers.  The following players led the Irish to victory versus Boston College: Chris Brown With Boston College making Will Fuller a priority on defense other receivers needed to step up for DeShone Kizer, which ...

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Duranko’s Digest: What Did We See in Fenway?

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Notre Dame’s beat Boston College 19-16 to move to 10-1, before heading to Palo Alto for the titanic season finale against Stanford. The green-clad Irish offense punched holes in the vaunted and top-ranked Boston college offense for 447_yards, but wasted multiple red zone opportunities, squandering a sure thing as if they were Bill Buckner in ’86. Turnovers and Drops Deshone Kizer and Will Fuller decided to have their season’s worst performance on the same evening. Kizer threw three horrific, undisciplined interceptions, two of them on knuckle-headed decisions in the shadow of BC’s goal post. Perhaps some day, unless Brandon Wimbush ...

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Notre Dame Earns Pyrrhic Victory at Fenway

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Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer dropped back in the pocket, planted his foot and unleashed a beautiful 40-yard pass to star wide receiver Will Fuller, who had blown past his coverage and was streaking free down the sideline. Leading 19-9 late in the game, Notre Dame was primed to put the finishing touches on the Boston College Eagles and capture some much needed style points in the process. Instead, in a turn of events that has mirrored Notre Dame’s season all too well, Fuller lost focus and let the ball get into his body – a reoccurring mistake wide receivers ...

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Death, Taxes, and Notre Dame Football Injuries in 2015

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People say the only thing you can count on are death and taxes.  Well in 2015, Notre Dame football fans can add injuries to their Fighting Irish to that list after Notre Dame suffered two more injuries to key starters in last night’s win over Boston College.  Starting running back CJ Prosise and cornerback Keivarae Russell both left the win over the Eagles and appeared unlikely to play this coming weekend in the showdown with Stanford. CJ Prosise, freshly off the injured list from his concussion and shoulder injury suffered two weeks ago against Pitt, was helped off the field in ...

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Notre Dame Moves to 4th in Coaches Poll

Notre Dame Football Ranked 4th in Coaches Poll

Notre Dame may have spent the better part of Saturday night in Fenway Park shooting themselves in the feet, but they did do one very important thing that some other title contenders forgot to do this weekend – they won.  Even with their narrow victory over Boston College, the Irish have moved up to 4th in the Coaches Poll – their highest ranking since the final poll of the 2012 season – with one game remaining. Notre Dame moved up one spot in the Coaches Poll this week and still remains ranked ahead of Oklahoma who comes in at #5 ...

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Notre Dame – Boston College Shamrock Series Highlights


The field and venue were pretty, but the performance of the Fighting Irish was sloppy at best last night.  Still, the Irish won and improved to 10-1 to give them their second 10 win season in the last four years with a 19-16 victory over Boston College.  Turnovers, dropped passes, and poor execution turned what could have been an Irish blowout into a too close for comfort squeaker.   Here are all the highlights from last night before we dive into any analysis today.  

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Stock up on Notre Dame Shamrock Series Gear!


Later t0night Notre Dame and its fans will invade Fenway Park for a “home” game against Boston College in this year’s Shamrock Series.  As has become customary, the Irish will be wearing special uniforms with a unique jersey/pants combination and a stellar new helmet for tonight’s game.  Our affiliate partners over at Fanatics.com have a ton of great merchandise commemorating this year’s Shamrock Series including jerseys like the players will be wearing tonight.   Stock up on some of this great gear now while it’s still in stock! 2015 Notre Dame Shamrock Series Jerseys No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Under ...

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Notre Dame 2015 Shamrock Series Keys to Victory


Notre Dame heads to Boston this weekend for a home game in Fenway Park against Boston College in this year’s Shamrock Series.  The Irish will look to remain undefeated in the Shamrock Series this weekend against the Eagles and hold on to their #4 position in the College Football Playoff Rankings.  Notre Dame will also be looking for their second 10 win season of the Brian Kelly Era this weekend which would make Kelly the first Irish head coach since Lou Holtz to have multiple 10 win seasons during his tenure.   Get your 2015 Notre Dame Shamrock Series Gear ...

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Notre Dame Boston College Rivalry History

Notre Dame - Boston College Rivalry

Though natural rivals as the two most prominent Catholic colleges playing Big Time Football,  it took quite a while for the Boston College-Notre Dame series to take root. Part of the reason may have been that Boston College felt that Notre Dame stole Frank Leahy back to South Bend. Frank Leahy  had coached at Boston College, spectacularly, in ’39 and ’40, and was a glistening 20-2 for a .909 winning percentage, the greatest in Boston College History.  Nevertheless, when Notre Dame came calling it was a swift and easy decision for Frank Leahy to return to his, and Rockne’s,   alma ...

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Boston College @ #4 Notre Dame ’15: Key Matchups

Dehsone Kizer - Notre Dame QB

The Irish will travel to historic Fenway Park to battle rival Boston College in the annual Shamrock Series game.  Boston College have one of the best defenses in the country, ranking first in yards per play but also have one of the least potent offenses.  The Irish have a chance to make a statement in a primetime game with Stanford coming up the following week in a hugely important clash.  The Eagles will rise to the occasion versus Notre Dame so the Irish must be ready for a physical game that could be low-scoring.  The following are the matchups the ...

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Can Romeo Okwara Challenge Justin Tuck’s Record?

Romeo Okwara - Notre Dame DE

Notre Dame has been able to withstand a myriad of injuries in 2015 because of the depth the Irish have built up over the last few years on the recruiting trail.  That hasn’t always been the case though such as four years ago when a 17 year old true freshman was thrust into action for the 2012 Fighting Irish.  Four years later, Romeo Okwara still can’t walk into a bar and order a beer as a 20 year old senior, but he has started to terrorize opposing quarterbacks. A year ago Romeo Okwara led Notre Dame in sacks with just ...

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Notre Dame Football Playoff Report: Week 12

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This week, Notre Dame maintained their #4 ranking in the college football playoff after a wild weekend that saw four top 10 teams lose. Most Irish fans would agree they would have preferred a better performance against Wake Forest, but ND was just fine when you look at the results from the top five as a whole – other than Alabama. Review of last week’s top 15: #1 Clemson over Syracuse 37-27 #2 Alabama rolls #17 Mississippi State 31-6 #3 Ohio State beats Illinois 28-3 #5 Iowa outlasts Minnesota 40-35 #6 Baylor downed by #12 Oklahoma 44-34 #7 Stanford upset ...

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Champions Win Ugly Sometimes Too

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Let’s get it out in the open, Saturday’s game against Wake Forest was ugly. Fourth ranked Notre Dame’s vaunted offense, averaging 494 yards a game, and 7.1 yards per play was held to 282 yards of total offense and save for Josh Adams’ 98 yard gallop into the end zone, the Irish big play offense lacked just that. Not to be outdone in it’s malaise, the defense surrendered 340 yards of offense to a team that came in 112th nationally in that category and was the most on their last five games. Wake Forest also held the ball 11 minutes ...

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