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Notre Dame, Down Not Out of Playoff Race

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While last night’s release of the most recent playoff rankings did indeed deal a crushing blow to Notre Dame’s playoff hopes, the Irish are not out of the playoff race by any means although at this point they do almost certainly need help in addition to a victory on the Farm this weekend. First off, Notre Dame has to take care of business this weekend as an underdog on the road against Stanford – a venue in which the Irish have not won since that disastrous 2007 campaign.  If the Irish don’t take down the Cardinal, then all of this ...

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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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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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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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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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Projecting Notre Dame’s Week 12 Playoff Rankings

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Last week Notre Dame moved up to 4th in the College Football Playoff Rankings on the heels os an impressive road win over Pitt in which the final score wasn’t indicative of how easy the win was.  A week later Notre Dame finds itself in the opposite scenario – the Irish beat a 3-6 opponent on home by 21 but didn’t put the game away until more than halfway through the 4th quarter.  So where does this leave the Irish this week? First off, Notre Dame’s “ugly” 21 point win is certainly a nice change of pace from last year’s ...

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Notre Dame Injury Update: Post Wake Forest

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB

Notre Dame was without the services of Daniel Cage, CJ Prosise, and Nic Weisher on Saturday and then lost James Onwualu during their 28-7 victory over Wake Forest.  On Sunday, Brian Kelly had a fairly encouraging update on the prognosis for all of them with the possible exception of Onwualu who will miss at least one game. Onwaulu will be out for Notre Dame’s showdown with Boston College in Fenway Park this coming weekend.  The junior linebacker suffered a second grade sprain of his MCL on Saturday and will be out at least this week.  Kelly didn’t give an update ...

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Wake Forest @ #4 Notre Dame 15: Keys to Victory

Notre Dame Football Seniors

Fresh off moving into the College Football Playoffs Top 4, Notre Dame looks to continue its winning ways and cap off an undefeated home schedule (at least in games played in Notre Dame Stadium since next weekend is technically a “home game”).  With lowly Wake Forest on the slate the keys to victory this week are more like objectives to reach in victory, but here goes. Overcome the Senior Day emotions Senior Day was always a weekend that Lou Holtz used to be scared of and the tale of Senior Day let downs at Notre Dame should be all Brian ...

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Report: Will Fuller Returning for Senior Season?!?

Will Fuller - Notre Dame WR

File this under the huge and unexpected – at least this soon – news category.  Notre Dame star wide receiver Will Fuller is reportedly returning to Notre Dame in 2016 for his senior season according to multiple reporters on Wednesday evening. Mike Vorel of the South Bend Tribune was the first to report the news: #NotreDame WR Will Fuller said he will return for his senior season in 2016. — Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) November 11, 2015 Ever since Will Fuller started making opposing defenses the subject of his own personal highlight reel last year people began speculating as to whether ...

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Evander Holyfield Wanted Son to Go to Notre Dame


Evander Holyfield, the subject of one of the best 30 for 30 ESPN Films on Tuesday night, told ESPN that he wanted his son Elijah, a 4-star running back recruit, to go to Notre Dame instead of Georgia.  The video is below. The younger Holyfield ran for 1,735 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior for Woodward Academy in Atlanta and committed to the Bulldogs prior to his senior season.  Had he followed his father’s wishes Notre Dame could have had games next year with David Robinson, Torii Hunter, and Evander Holyfield roaming the sidelines.  

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Notre Dame Improves to #4 in Playoff Rankings

Notre Dame Ranked #4 in CFP

After Oklahoma State’s impressive win over TCU this past weekend, many speculated that the Cowboys would jump all the way to 4th in the College Football Playoff rankings – leap frogging ahead of Notre Dame.  Apparently the Cowboys didn’t have enough spring in their legs despite beating up the Horned Frogs.  When the the latest CFP rankings came out, Notre Dame moved into the 4th position with Oklahoma State ranking just 8th. Before jumping into the analysis of the top 10.  Here’s how things shook out with the second iteration of this year’s CFP rankings. Clemson Alabama Ohio State Notre ...

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