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Notre Dame’s Early Schedule Casts Doubt

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB

College football schedules are an inexact science to the least.  On paper, Notre Dame’s September schedule looked like a gauntlet when it was originally put together.  Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and UMass all before the calendar reads October?  Who in the name of Kevin White put together such a difficult first month of the season? Funny thing is though, by the time these games all game around, the Irish ended up waking up when September ended with a perfect record without facing a single team that escaped the month with fewer than two losses.   Even Georgia Tech, a game circled ...

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Freshman Help Power Notre Dame in UMass Blowout

Brandon Wimbush - Notre Dame QB

While Notre Dame was busy racking up the most point, most yards, and most rushing yards in the Brian Kelly Era on Saturday afternoon in their 62-27 blowout of UMass, Notre Dame’s somewhat unheralded freshman class was busy showing recruiting evaluators everywhere that their class ranking just might have been way too low. Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting class fell just outside the top 10 according to Rivals back in February. A solid ranking but not an elite ranking. On Saturday, however, that freshman class provided four touchdowns including the game changing play that turned what was a closer than it ...

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Notre Dame v. UMass: Shamrock Stickers

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB

Notre Dame overcame a sluggish start on Saturday to cruise to an easy 62-27 victory over UMass in the Minutemen’s first ever visit to Notre Dame Stadium for the first ever meeting between the two schools.  The 62 points were the most of the Brian Kelly Era and the most scored by any Notre Dame team since Lou Holtz’s last home game as the head coach of the Irish.  Notre Dame ran the ball for 450 yards with both CJ Prosise and Josh Adams toping the century mark and freshman quarterback Brandon Wimbush nearly joining them in his collegiate debut. ...

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Notre Dame Football v. UMass Highlights


After a bit of slow start, Notre Dame ended up blowing out Umass on Saturday afternoon in the first ever meeting of the two schools powered by a running a game that racked up over 450 yards on the ground. By the end of the day, Notre Dame scored the most points of the Brian Kelly era while also gaining the most total yards and rushing yards of Kelly’s tenure as well. Here are all of the highlights from a game in which five different Irish players scored a rushing touchdown and four different freshmen reached the endzone.

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Notre Dame – Texas Highlights


Missed any of Notre Dame’s 38-3 shellacking of Texas last night?  If so, first off, we offer our deepest condolences because last night’s viewing was a masterpiece from Brian Kelly and his staff.  If you were unable to see Notre Dame click in every facet of the game while cruising to victory, though, we have you covered thanks to the fine folks at WatchND. You know what?  Even if you saw the game last night, you still might want to watch these a couple times.  On repeat.  Today and tomorrow.  Possibly Tuesday morning too as you ease back into the work ...

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Notre Dame vs. Texas: Shamrock Stickers

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

Notre Dame’s 2015 season got off to a roaring start Saturday night under the bright lights of Notre Dame Stadium with a Texas sized whipping of the Longhorns.  The Irish dominated every facet of the game on their way to an easy 38-3 victory that could have been even more one sided had it not been for a couple self inflicted wounds. With Pierce out, I’m still filling in for the Shamrock Stickers column. So here are four players who helped pave the way for Notre Dame’s domination of Texas. Malik Zaire.  Zaire wasn’t perfect on Saturday, but he was ...

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Notre Dame Football Returns Tomorrow!

(Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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 Football Built to Win in 2015

Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

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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