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Notre Dame & Michigan: A Rivalry Renewed

Notre Dame and Michigan renewing its rivalry is a good thing for both programs. (Photo: Matt Cashore // USA TODAY Sports)

It’s official, Notre Dame and Michigan will play in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 game will be in South Bend and will likely be a primetime game on NBC. The 2019 game will be played in Ann Arbor and will likely be a primetime game on ABC. The news surrounding this series was picking up over the last several months and it was obvious from Brian Kelly’s response that both he and Harbaugh had been working on renewing this series for quite a while. Michigan reportedly even paid Arkansas $2 million to cancel their games with the Razorbacks and replace ...

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Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl History

Notre Dame Fiesta Bowl History

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA……… The bowl season was ruled by four bowls: Cotton Bowl Rose Bowl Sugar Bowl Orange Bowl Sure there were other bowls, but they were merely ladies-in-waiting, the handmaidens to the Cotton, Rose, Sugar and Orange. It was in a galaxy far, far away but New Year’s day had a set pattern. The Cotton Bowl started off the day, followed by the Rose Bowl, which often ended with another Big Ten Team succumbing to the Pac 8 or Pac 10 just about the time the sun succumbed to the San Gabriel mountains. Night fell and ...

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Notre Dame Boston College Football Rivalry

Notre Dame - Boston College Rivalry

Though natural rivals as the two most prominent Catholic colleges playing Big Time Football,  it took quite a while for the Boston College-Notre Dame series to take root. Part of the reason may have been that Boston College felt that Notre Dame stole Frank Leahy back to South Bend. Frank Leahy  had coached at Boston College, spectacularly, in ’39 and ’40, and was a glistening 20-2 for a .909 winning percentage, the greatest in Boston College History.  Nevertheless, when Notre Dame came calling it was a swift and easy decision for Frank Leahy to return to his, and Rockne’s,   alma ...

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Notre Dame – Pitt Football Rivalry History

Jeff Samardzija and Notre Dame made a statement against PItt in 2005 but since then every Pitt-ND game has been a battle.  Photo: Andy Altenburger // Icon Sportswire

Pitt first appeared on Notre Dame’s schedule in 1909. The rivalry was a natural. Relative proximity. Same independent status. Further, as Western Pennsylvania became settled with immigrants destined to work in coal mines and steel mills, many of the workers were from Catholic countries and families, and they were well aware of the significance of playing their new country’s pre-eminent Catholic University. Of course, Notre Dame was interested in poaching Pitt’s private preserve of football talent. Playing Pitt’s Panthers would increase Notre Dame’s exposure in this talent rich area. The Pittsburgh area yielded two of Notre Dame’s seven Heisman trophy ...

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Notre Dame – Texas Football Rivalry History

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When old friend Charley Strong leads his Longhorns onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium, it will be the 11th time Texas and Notre Dame have played. The series had a surprisingly early start as the Irish first played Texas in 1913, winning in Austin 30-7. Knute Rockne was on that Irish team and perhaps got a nice taste of traveling to play. The Irish had drawn first blood. The teams played four more times between then and ’54, with the Irish losing only the ’34 game, 7-6 in South Bend. That game occurred during Notre Dame’s “Dark Ages” the ...

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Notre Dame’s 1973 National Championship

Tom Clements - Notre Dame QB

1972 had ended dismally. USC had thrashed our Fighting Irish 45-23. Anthony Davis, the first player who appeared in a Nike ad, scored six touchdowns to key the victory of the McKayMen. The salt-rubbing-in-wound LA Times ran a repetitive headline on its front page. Davis, Davis, Davis Davis, Davis, Davis Well, at least it couldn’t get any worse! Wrong! The Irish accepted an Orange Bowl bid to play Nebraska and Heisman Winner Johnny Rodgers. Rodgers ran wild and Nebraska won 40-6. In the final two games, the Irish had been outscored by an average of 42-14, an ominous defeat margin ...

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Notre Dame’s 1988 National Championship

Jan 1, 1990; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Notre Dame Irish head coach Lou Holtz is carried off the field following their victory over Colorado winning the 1989 National Championship at the Orange Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports © Copyright USA TODAY Sports

Here we celebrate the Silver Anniversary team, Holtz’ champions of the 1988 season. 1987-Pre-Championship year Deja vu 1987 had ended with the taste of ashes. Stirring victories over Michigan, SC and Alabama raised hopes that were dashed in annoying season ending losses to Penn Stae in the cold of State College, to the Miami Hurricanes by shutout in the sunny Orange Bowl, and then to Texas A&M in the cloudy Cotton Bowl. In the 80’s the irish had made bowl heroes out of the previously undistinguished Buck Belue of Georgia and Bucky Richardson of the Aggies. A New Offensive Line ...

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