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Notre Dame Recruiting: 4-Star LB Ovie Oghoufo Commits!

(Photo - Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Notre Dame’s class of 2018 just keeps adding 4-star recruits.  The Irish picked up a commitment from class of 2018 4-star linebacker Ovie Oghoufo. God. Country. Notre Dame. ☘ #IrishBouND18 pic.twitter.com/VjOh1RLwSV — Ovie Oghoufo (@_OvieO_) July 22, 2016  Prior to committing to Notre Dame, Ovie Oghoufo picked up offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, and Syracuse. Oghoufo was high school teammates with current freshman Khalid Kareem at Harrison High School in Farmington, Michigan.  His relationship with Kareem played a big role in his decision to come to Notre Dame. Notre Dame now has five commitments in the class of 2018 ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: USC Trojans

Notre Dame vs. USC 2016

The final date on the regular season Notre Dame football schedule will have the Irish heading West to play the USC Trojans. Last season, USC finished 8-6, having problems in games against ranked teams. Of course, many of the issues that have plagued this program over the past few years have been the off-the-field variety. [Related: Read up on all 12 of Notre Dame’s 2016 opponents with our previews] Clay Helton has officially taken over as head coach after serving in an interim capacity for the last 10 games after the dismissal of Steve Sarkisian. Helton is taking a back-to-basics ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech will make its first trip to Notre Dame Stadium this fall.  (Photo: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Helping finish the home portion of the 2016 Notre Dame football schedule on November 19 will be the Virginia Tech Hokies. Beginning a new era after the retirement of Frank Beamer, new head coach Justin Fuente will be seeking to take advantage of the assets on the offensive side of the ball. That’s because that side of the ball was where Fuente earned his stripes. Virginia Tech Offense: Adapting to New Surroundings At quarterback, Fuente has experience in mobile senior Brenden Motley, though Motley will likely get competition from junior college transfer Jerod Evans. Fuente is more inclined toward the ...

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It’s Official: Notre Dame and Michigan Will Play in ’18 & ’19

Kolin Hill & Matthias Farley

Earlier today reports leaked that Notre Dame and Michigan would resume their rivalry in 2018 after its ending in 2014.  This afternoon both schools made it official by announcing a home and home in 2018 and 2019.  Michigan will return to Notre Dame September 1, 2018 for the first time since being shut out by the Irish 31-0 in 2014.  Notre Dame will travel to Ann Arbor on October 26, 2019 for the first time since 2013. When news first broke of the rivalry renewal, we assumed that a Shamrock Series game would be the most logical meeting given Notre ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Army Black Knights

2016 Notre Dame vs. Army

One week after facing Navy, the 2016 Notre Dame football schedule points to the Army Black Knights under neutral circumstances at the Alamodome. This Shamrock Series return to San Antonio marks a flashback to where the series was inaugurated in 2009. The struggles facing Army head coach Jeff Monken this season are many, coming off a miserable 2-10 campaign. Given those troubles and a game against Virginia Tech on the docket one week later, the Irish have to avoid the inevitable tendency to look past this contest and put the Black Knights away early. Army Offense: Run and Run Some ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Navy Midshipmen

Notre Dame Navy 2016

The 2016 Notre Dame football schedule gets November going with a neutral site matchup against the Naval Academy in Jacksonville. Navy is coming off a season in which they established a new record for most wins in a season with 11. However, head coach Ken Niumatalolo has to fill a gaping hole on the offense after the Academy itself almost had to replace Niumatalolo when he nearly left to become head coach at BYU. Navy Offense: A Deep Hole to Fill That noticeable difference will be due to the absence of Keenan Reynolds at quarterback. The signal caller called his ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Miami Hurricanes

Mark Richt in one of several coaches in their first years at their respective schools Notre Dame will face in 2016 (Photo: Steve Mitchell - USA TODAY Sports)

For the first time since 1990, the 2016 Notre Dame football schedule has a home game with the Miami Hurricanes on it. While the bitter rancor that once marked this matchup has cooled off, Miami wants to prove something with their new coach Mark Richt getting his tenure started. Miami Offense: Potent Potential Richt knows offense and will handle the play-calling, giving junior quarterback Brad Kaaya the chance to expand on his 2015 production. Kaaya’s ability to compile yardage and not give the ball away could make things difficult for the Notre Dame defense. Richt has a trio of productive ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Stanford

Notre Dame contained Christian McCaffery last year but still fell short against Stanford. (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez // USA TODAY Sports)

The third and currently final scheduled night game on the Notre Dame football schedule for 2016 will have the Irish hosting the Stanford Cardinal on October 15. While Stanford is coming off a Rose Bowl win and remains dangerous under head coach David Shaw, they may be hard-pressed to stay with Brian Kelly’s squad. Stanford Offense: Relying on the Workhorse The main reason is that the Cardinal signal caller who wins the preseason competition, will enter the year with virtually no experience at the collegiate level. Regardless of whether the choice turns out to be Keller Chryst or Ryan Burns, ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: NC State Wolfpack

Notre Dame - NC State 2016

The sixth week of the 2016 Notre Dame football schedule has the Irish traveling to Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Led by fourth-year coach Dave Doeren, the Wolfpack are coming off a 7-6 season that ended with a defensive shredding in the 51-28 loss to Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl. North Carolina State Offense: A New Vision Arrives The likely starter behind center is Boise State graduate transfer Ryan Finley. While Finley may get competition from Jalan McLendon or Jakobi Meyers, he does have a connection with the team’s new offensive coordinator, Eli ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Syracuse

Notre Dame - Syracuse 2016 Football

Dino Baberse is inheriting a team that has a combined 7-17 record over the last two years as he enters his first season as the head coach of Syracus. That may make it seem like Syracuse will be one of the easiest games on the 2016 Notre Dame football schedule based on that record, but that may not actually be the case. Dino Babers has shown an ability to win throughout his short four year career at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green, and he is getting a young Syracuse team that showed some promise last year. Closer Look at Syracuse’s 2015 ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Duke Blue Devils

David Cutcliffe never coached a game inside Notre Dame Stadium as an Irish assistant but will get his chance this fall as head coach of Duke.  (Photo: Mark Dolejs // USA TODAY Sports)

Week four of the 2016 Notre Dame football schedule brings another former Notre Dame assistant coach to town.  David Cutcliffe, Charlie Weis’s original quarterback coach in 2005, leads the Duke Blue Devils to town September September 24.  Health problems prevented Cutcliffe from ever coaching  game as part of Weis’s staff, but since returning to coaching Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils on the rise. Coming off the school’s first bowl game victory since 1960, the Duke Blue Devils continue to take steps toward making their football program as noteworthy as the school’s legendary basketball squad. As the fourth opponent on the ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Michigan State

The Michigan State Sparatns come to town in September for the first time since 2013. (Photo: Mike Carter // USA TODAY Sports)

Michigan State is back on the Notre Dame schedule in 2016 for the first time since 2013.  The brief hiatus in the series after meeting 17 consecutive seasons from 1997-2013.  The Spartans that travel to Notre Dame Stadium on September 17th, however, will look a bit different than the ones Notre Dame fans have watched from a far the last couple seasons. [Related:  The Notre Dame – Michigan State rivalry] Last year, Michigan State won the Big Ten title and finished in the top 10 of the AP poll. Their cup runneth over. But this year, with only 9 starters returning, ...

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2016 Notre Dame Schedule Preview: Nevada Wolfpack

Former Notre Dame assistant Brian Polian will lead the Nevada Wolfpack  into Notre Dame Stadium this fall.  (Photo: Lance Iversen // USA TODAY Sports)

The Nevada Wolfpack doesn’t play Notre Dame very often. Their last meeting was in 2009 when the Irish steamrolled the Pack 35-0. But Nevada is an unknown quantity this year. As they find themselves on the 2016 Notre Dame football schedule, what can the Wolfpack bring to the party? Nevada’s Offense – Not Bad Coach Brian Polian spent five years as an assistant at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis serving a number of different roles during his tenure in South Bend.  As he enters his fourth season as the head coach of Nevada, Polian has things trending in the right ...

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