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Notre Dame – LSU Bowl Matchup Brings Opportunity, Challenges

December 13, 2014Comments (46)

Notre Dame - LSU Bowl Matchup Brings Opportunity, Challenges

Still reeling from an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the USC Trojans, the Notre Dame football program had numerous unanswered questions circling overhead.  Is the program headed in the right direction?  Is Notre Dame capable of becoming a consistently elite team under its coaching leadership?  Certainly a bowl matchup against an SEC power like […]


Notre Dame Quarterback Malik Zaire Rare Bright Spot

December 4, 2014Comments (187)

Notre Dame Quarterback Malik Zaire Rare Bright Spot

Fighting Irish fans that tuned into Notre Dame’s annual rivalry game against Southern California this past Saturday hoping the ailing program would show signs of rejuvenation were sorely disappointed.  Instead they witnessed an intersectional death march where Notre Dame limped into the Coliseum and endured sixty minutes of agony before the Trojans finally put an […]


Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s Accountability Doesn’t Add Up

November 24, 2014Comments (129)

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s Accountability Doesn't Add Up

Let’s get one thing straight: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is unquestionably the best coach the Fighting Irish have had since legend Lou Holtz roamed the sidelines years ago.  It’s an objective, undeniable fact.  But considering the combined winning percentage (.576) of Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis, the response to that fact […]


Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly Faces Tough Questions

November 19, 2014Comments (79)

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly Faces Tough Questions

Brian, we need to have a sidebar.  The kind of sidebar I watched you attempt to have with starting quarterback Everett Golson after a turnover against Northwestern before he brushed past you on the sideline without a second glance, ignoring whatever coaching you attempted to impart. Take a deep breath and settle down.  You’re amongst […]


Where Does Notre Dame Football Go From Here?

November 10, 2014Comments (199)

Where Does Notre Dame Football Go From Here?

  Saturday’s 55-31 blowout loss to Arizona State did more than knock Notre Dame completely out of the college football playoff picture and plummet the Fighting Irish seven spots to No. 15 in the AP Poll.  It left Notre Dame with a painful question to ponder: Where do we go from here? What can be […]


Notre Dame Heads to Desert for Season-Defining Matchup

November 7, 2014Comments (52)

College football is known for its unpredictability, a trait that has caused an explosion of popularity for the sport.  But no one could have foreseen the strangeness of Notre Dame’s 2014 season to date.  Shutting out Michigan for the first time in Notre Dame’s history on primetime television, a last second come-from-behind touchdown pass against […]


Notre Dame Football Recruiting on the Rise

October 28, 2014Comments (36)

Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football and its importance cannot be overstated.  Alabama’s dominance on the gridiron over the past several years goes hand-in-hand with its accomplishments on the recruiting trail, with the Crimson Tide having finished with the top-rated recruiting class four years in a row – and they are currently on pace […]


Notre Dame Football is Back

October 21, 2014Comments (91)

Notre Dame Football is Back

After some internal debate, I have decided to take a different approach to Notre Dame’s recent contest against Florida State.  Rather than covering the material as a detached observer I am instead going to write as the lifelong Notre Dame fan that I am and include the emotion that comes as a result. Notre Dame […]


Is Notre Dame Ready for an Undefeated, Primetime Showdown?

October 14, 2014Comments (37)

Is Notre Dame Ready for an Undefeated, Primetime Showdown?

Trap games are common in college football.  It’s easy to understand why a football team like Notre Dame would struggle to get “up” for its contest against North Carolina – a team that arrived in South Bend on a three-game losing skid with double-digit margins of defeat in each contest – after a last second […]


Notre Dame Remains Undefeated During Weekend of Upsets

October 8, 2014Comments (6)

Notre Dame Remains Undefeated During Weekend of Upsets

It was sloppy, ugly, and difficult to watch. Notre Dame’s sputtering offensive performance against rival Stanford created a frustrating and stressful 60 minutes. Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson struggled against Stanford’s No. 1 ranked defense, completing only 48 percent of his passes as well as being responsible for a lost fumble and an interception. Nine of Notre Dame’s 14 offensive possessions went for 30 yards or less, and two field goals were missed when placeholder Hunter Smith failed to adequately grip the football.


Notre Dame’s Victory over Syracuse Drops Irish in AP Poll as Stanford Looms

September 30, 2014Comments (48)

Notre Dame's Victory over Syracuse Drops Irish in AP Poll as Stanford Looms

It’s amazing how quickly perceptions can change in the world of college football, and September has all but confirmed its fluidity for the Fighting Irish.  Tabbed during the preseason by prognosticating guru Phil Steele as boasting the toughest schedule in 2014, Notre Dame has surprisingly found itself facing questions about the quality of its opponents […]


Notre Dame’s Wide Receiver Corps Grabbing Respect

September 23, 2014Comments (2)

Notre Dame's Wide Receiver Corps Grabbing Respect

Notre Dame’s undefeated September campaign has created a throng of storylines.  Everett Golson – the Fighting Irish’s modern version of the Prodigal Son – has returned from academic exile to lead the program to a thus-far unblemished record, all while accumulating statistics that have seen his name at least mentioned as a potential Heisman candidate […]


2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part III

August 27, 2014Comments (3)

2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout - Part III

In Part II of Notre Dame’s 2014 season prediction, the Fighting Irish exited the month of September with a 3-1 record on their way to two more losses in October at the hands of Stanford and defending national champion, Florida State.  Heading into November, how will Notre Dame fare during the home stretch of its […]


2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part II

August 21, 2014Comments (31)

In Part I of Notre Dame’s 2014 season prediction, the Fighting Irish’s opponents from August and September were examined and a 3-1 record was forecasted after a close loss at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines.  In Part II we look at the heart of Notre Dame’s schedule when analyzing Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State […]


2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part I

August 18, 2014Comments (11)

2014 Notre Dame Schedule Breakout – Part I

For many Notre Dame fans mid-August is an exciting time, as months of anticipation for football season reaches its tipping point as the first game’s kickoff nears.  The news of an academic scandal at the University of Notre Dame is unexpected and deflating, and rightfully so.  But the season draws nearer even if the enthusiasm […]


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