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Notre Dame & Purdue Trying to Get Back on Schedule

Notre Dame and Purdue didn’t play in 2015 for the first time since a year after World War II ended.  According to the Goshen News, however, that could change soon with the two schools in “advanced” talks to get each other about resuming the intra-state series. Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski, a Notre Dame graduate, is keen on getting the Irish and Boilers playing football against each other according to the report.  Due to the nature of college football schedules, however, it will take a few years for anything to truly happen.  Bobinski said in the report that it likely won’t ...

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Ranking Each Game on the 2016 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Notre Dame has a favorable schedule in 2016. The kind of schedule that could make a playoff run this season a real possibility.  The Irish only have three true road games and will play at 3 neutral site locations.  Considering neutral site games tend to basically be home games, that’s nine games in which the Irish will have a home field advantage.  Add in only three ranked opponents in the pre-season top 25 polls, and the schedule falls very favorably for Notre Dame this fall. Notre Dame will benefit from numerous teams on this year’s schedule losing their veteran quarterbacks ...

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Notre Dame Football’s 2016 Season Prediction – Part II

Last week Notre Dame’s September foes were previewed, resulting in big wins over Texas, Michigan State and Duke, and an uncomfortably tight match with Nevada.  The Irish head into October undefeated for the third year in a row under head coach Brian Kelly with stiff challenges from the likes of Stanford and Miami.  Can Notre Dame exist October with an undefeated record still intact? [Related: Full 2016 Notre Dame Football Schedule] Notre Dame at Syracuse (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ) Syracuse is putting its dreadful 4-8 season from last year behind them and saying hello to new head coach Dino ...

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Notre Dame Football’s 2016 Season Prediction – Part I

With the 2016 football season a few short weeks away the time has finally come for everyone, whether a fan or writer, to put on record their predictions for the season for future bragging rights.  While injuries can occur – who could have predicted DeShone Kizer would have Notre Dame knocking on the door of a playoff appearance? – and momentum varies throughout the year, a preseason prediction allows you to reflect on your assumptions.  Last year I correctly predicted a 10-2 regular season for Notre Dame but expected the two losses to come at the hands of Georgia Tech ...

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4 Trap Games on Notre Dame’s 2016 Football Schedule

Notre Dame vs. Texas

Now that we’ve completed all of our 2016 Notre Dame opponent previews, we are going to spend some time slicing and dicing the 2016 Notre Dame schedule.  Compared to some future Notre Dame schedules – which I talked about in yesterday’s column – the 2016 slate actually looks pretty manageable for Brian Kelly and the Irish.  That is assuming there are no surprise fairy tale teams that come out of no where. Even a manageable schedule has trap games built in.  In many years Navy falls into that category for Notre Dame, but this year the Middies don’t come at ...

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Did Notre Dame Schedule Itself Into a Problem in ’18/19?

Both Notre Dame and Michigan fans received the news of the two schools resuming their rivalry in 2018 and 19 positively last week.  Upon further review though, did Notre Dame schedule itself into a playoff problem in both seasons by adding yet another marquee, potential top 10 opponent? The Notre Dame football schedule is always a hot topic.  Detractors point to Notre Dame playing service academies – specifically Navy every season – and discount the absence of D1AA foes on any Irish schedule.  Notre Dame fans argue the Irish schedule is among the toughest in the country year in and ...

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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

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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Notre Dame & Michigan to Resume Rivalry in 2018?

Notre Dame vs. Michigan

ESPN is reporting that Notre Dame and Michigan will announce later today that the two storied programs will be resuming their rivalry in 2018.  Notre Dame and Michigan haven’t played since 2014 when Notre Dame recorded its only shutout of the Wolverines. No other details have been released at this time and it’s not clear if their will be an ongoing or if this could be a one-time game for now.  Given some of the high profile opponents Notre Dame has coming in upcoming years, a long term continuation of the rivalry seems unlikely – at least starting in 2018. ...

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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

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

The third and currently final scheduled night game on the Notre Dame football schedule for 2016 will have the Irish hosting long-time rival 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 ...

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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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