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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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Notre Dame Football Playoff Report: Week 11

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Who’s In? The Irish jumped a spot to #4 in this week’s College Football Playoff committee poll. Although the Irish won 42-30, the 12-point victory was a dominant one for Notre Dame who held a 25-point fourth quarter lead before surrendering a TD pass thanks to blown coverage and also gave up a fumble return for a touchdown off of a Brandon Wimbush fumble. The Irish have impressed the playoff committee and are currently in position to secure one of the precious four playoff spots should they continue to win and continue to get some help from around the nation. ...

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Notre Dame Playoff Report: Week 10

Photo: Matthew Emmons // USA TODAY Sports

As we continue the playoff watch articles for the rest of the season, we will now switch from using the AP Poll as the basis for rankings discussion to the CFB Playoff Poll. This week, the College Football Playoff committee released their first rankings for 2015. Perhaps surprising to many Notre Dame fans, and certainly to the disdain of fans from other teams, the Irish debuted with a #5 ranking. Review of last week: AP #5 TCU blows out West Virginia 40-10 AP #8 Stanford escapes Washington State 30-28 After beating Temple on Saturday, Notre Dame remained alive for playoff ...

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Notre Dame Opens Season with 28-6 Win Over Temple

Amir Carlisle - Notre Dame vs. Temple

NOTRE DAME, IN – The 2013 Notre Dame football team opened their season Saturday against the Temple Owls, on a hot & humid day in Northern Indiana.  The offense started the day by taking on the identity of the weather, scoring on their first two drives of the game on their way to a 28-6 win.  It was the 200th win of head coach Brian Kelly’s college career. Amir Carlisle opened the game with a 45-yard rush off the left side on his first play in a Notre Dame uniform. Two plays later, Tommy Rees connected with DaVaris Daniels on ...

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Matt James Dies in Fall

Tragedy struck the Notre Dame community on Friday when news began to spread that incoming freshman Matt James fell to his untimely death while vacationing in Florida.  He was just a few weeks away from his 18th birthday and months away from beginning his college career. The fall occurred early Friday evening and has been confirmed by several media outlets.  James, a national top 100 recruit, was one of the jewels of Brian Kelly’s first recruiting class and had a very bright future ahead of him.  At a time like this, however, football is the furthest things from everyone’s minds. ...

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Jimmy Clausen Heisman Watch

Welcome to UHND’s Heisman Watch. We are now five games into the season and Jimmy Clausen has firmly planted himself as one of the top three Heisman candidates in country according to most college football pundits. And while Clausen is arguably the best quarterback in the nation statistically, the life of this column, his invitation to New York City and receipt of the greatest individual trophy in sports rests on his performance and the outcome of the matchup between Clausen’s 4-1 Irish team and #7 USC on October 17th. According to The Heisman Pundit, one of the foremost authorities on ...

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Training Camp ’09 Practice Report 8/9

Notre Dame kicked off the 2009 Training Camp this weekend with the first official practice of the season on Saturday.  After watching the practice videos on und.com, here are a few early observations. It’s only practice, but Theo Riddick looks like the most athletic running back on the team. Fast and light feet and plenty of effort in every drill. On the contrary, Armando Allen looks like he is going through the motions a little too often. Robert Hughes’ right quad or hamstring was wrapped up.  If it is a muscle strain, those can haunt a player an entire season.  ...

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Starling and Thigpen head west

Notre Dame’s final two prospects have chosen to attend college in Los Angeles. Jawanza Starling, a four-star safety from Tallahassee committed to Southern Cal.  Starling heads to USC in a class and program already loaded with talent at the safety position. Damien Thigpen, a four-star running back from Virginia, who was initially committed to Phil Fulmer and Tennessee, ultimately decided on UCLA.  Speculation suggests the Bruins held the upper hand because of their track program and Thigpen’s desire to take his speed to the olympic sport. Long term focus officially turns to the 2010 recruiting class already off to a ...

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Irish Lacking Killer Instinct

When Golden Tate joined the Irish recruiting class of 2007, he did so late in the process and without a whole lot of fanfare. Tate was middle of the pack recruit in an Irish class which saw every member with the exception of Andrew Nuss, hold a higher national position ranking than Tate held at wide receiver (#37 according to Scout).

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Irish Basketball Ranked 9th

The Notre Dame basketball team scored their first pre-season raking since 2004.  The #9 Irish are one of four Big East teams in the top ten.  The conference, regarded by most as the toughest in the nation, boasts seven teams in top 25. The Irish return four starters in Luke Harangody, Zach Hillesland, Tory Jackson and Kyle McAlarney.  Their only significant loss from a year ago was Rob Kurz.  Harangody is the reigning Big East player of the year.  Mike Brey’s team is poised to make a solid run not only at the Big East crown, but could very well ...

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Crum’s Streak Ends

Notre Dame won on the road for the first time this season, but another streak ended that probably could have been avoided. Marice Crum Jr. sat idle on the sidelines for the first defensive play, breaking a streak of 43 consecutive starts dating to the first game of his red-shirt freshman year.  Since the 2005 game against Pittsburgh when Crum started at "Apache," he has been a versatile and stable figure of the Irish linebacker corps, starting on the inside and outside. When he was named defensive captain of the 2008 squad, he became one of only 17 players in ...

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Status of ND Football Survey

Please take a moment to complete this survey about Irish football.  Frank and I will let this roll for a few days and we’ll come back next week with our commentary and will also discuss the pulse of the Irish fan on an upcoming podcast. Quizzes by Quibblo.com

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Déjà Vu game

After watching the Notre Dame vs. North Carolina game, I couldn’t help but think that I had seen that game before.  After some careful thought, I realize I had seen one very similiar. The game specific events that occurred yesterday reminded me a lot of the 2005 Michigan State game. Both games saw the following: Both games were shootouts decided on the final play Michigan State and North Carolina were less talented teams who ND should have beaten Like Michigan State’s Jason Teague, North Carolina’s Shaun Draughn was able to run on the Irish defense in timely situations A questionable ...

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Underclassmen Carrying Scoring Load

Here is the Irish touchdown production through five games.  The future continues to look bright. TD PRODUCTION SDSU UM MSU PU STAN TOTAL FRESHMAN 6 Michael Floyd 1 1 1 3 Robert Blanton 1 1 Kyle Rudolph 1 1 2 SOPHOMORE 10 Golden Tate 1 1 1 3 Robert Hughes 2 2 Duval Kamara 1 1 Brian Smith 1 1 Armando Allen 1 2 3 JUNIOR 0 None 0 SENIOR 2 David Grimes 1 1 2 TEAM 3 5 1 5 4 18

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