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Notre Dame v. Purdue ’14 – Key Matchups

September 10, 2014Comments (7)

Notre Dame v. Purdue '14 - Key Matchups

The Irish will look to build off their statement victory over Michigan when they battle in-state rival Purdue in the annual Shamrock Series game.  The Irish showed what they can look like when they put it all together versus Michigan as the defense was dominant rushing the passer and creating turnovers, while the offense showed [...]


Notre Dame v. Michigan ’14 – Key Matchups

September 4, 2014Comments (8)

Notre Dame v. Michigan '14 - Key Matchups

This week the Irish will face bitter rival Michigan under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium.  This weekend’s game is of paramount importance for the Irish’s season as the Michigan game typically shows what type of team Notre Dame is.  The Irish must defeat Michigan to have any chance of putting together an impressive season [...]


Run Defense, Offense Critical for Notre Dame vs. Stanford

November 27, 2013Comments (1)

Run Defense, Offense Critical for Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Notre Dame sent its seniors off with a quality victory versus a solid BYU team at Notre Dame Stadium.  The Irish did so by getting back to their identity with a physical effort championed by a dominant rushing attack and solid defense.  They’ll need an identical effort to beat one of the most physical teams [...]


Notre Dame @ Michigan ’13 – Key Matchups

September 5, 2013Comments (5)

Notre Dame @ Michigan '13 - Key Matchups

Notre Dame enters the second week of the season poised to endure one of the most instrumental games of its season versus Michigan.  The College Gameday crew will be present as the two top 20 teams clash.  The Irish will attempt to avoid a meltdown like the one they experienced in 2011’s visit to Ann [...]


#1 Notre Dame @ USC – Key Matchups

November 23, 2012Comments (96)

#1 Notre Dame @ USC - Key Matchups

Notre Dame controls its own destiny, if they defeat their biggest rival, the USC Trojans, they’ll play for the national championship.  College Gameday will be on hand for the primetime showdown, marking the third time Notre Dame has been on gameday this year.  The Trojans will be without star quarterback Matt Barkley, but they still [...]


#4 Notre Dame @ Boston College: Key Matchups

November 7, 2012Comments (2)

#4 Notre Dame @ Boston College: Key Matchups

Notre Dame is coming off a miraculous comeback victory over Pittsburgh to remain unbeaten at 9-0, as they prepare to visit long-time rival Boston College.  The two catholic institutions have had plenty of memorable battles on the gridiron, and the Eagles will look to add another to the list by spoiling the Irish’s party this [...]


#3 Notre Dame vs. Pitt – Key Matchups

October 31, 2012Comments (6)

#3 Notre Dame vs. Pitt - Key Matchups

Notre Dame is 8-0 and ranked third in the BCS standings following its win in primetime over Oklahoma in the most watched college football game this season. There hasn’t been this much hype around the Irish in this millennium, but the Irish can’t overlook their next opponent, a dangerous Pitt squad. The following are this week’s key matchups [...]


#5 Notre Dame @ #8 Oklahoma: Key Matchups

October 24, 2012Comments (11)

#5 Notre Dame @ #8 Oklahoma: Key Matchups

The Irish squeaked by BYU to move to 7-0 on the season and set up their toughest test so far, a trip to Norman to take on the Sooners. College Gameday will be in attendance for the top ten showdown between the fifth ranked Irish and eight ranked Sooners, with BCS implications hanging in the balance. The following [...]


Notre Dame vs. BYU ’12: Key Matchups

October 17, 2012Comments (5)

Notre Dame vs. BYU '12: Key Matchups

Notre Dame is 6-0 for the first time in a decade following its 20-13 victory in an instant classic versus Stanford. The Irish rank fifth in the initial BCS standings and face another stiff challenge this week as BYU Cougars come to South Bend. Don’t be fooled by the Cougars 4-3 record as they will present challenges for [...]


Notre Dame vs. Stanford ’12: Key Matchups

October 10, 2012Comments (9)

Notre Dame vs. Stanford '12: Key Matchups

The Irish are 5-0 and find themselves ranked seventh in the AP and coaches polls after their 41-3 domination of Miami. The following matchups will be crucial for the Irish as College Gameday and the Stanford Cardinal visit South Bend. Notre Dame Linebackers versus Stanford tight-ends The much publicized key to the Stanford offense is their group [...]


Notre Dame vs. Miami ’12: Key Matchups

October 3, 2012Comments (11)

Notre Dame vs. Miami '12: Key Matchups

Heading into their annual Shamrock Series game the Irish are 4-0 and ranked ninth in the nation. Despite the high ranking and undefeated record the Irish have plenty to improve on if they hope to defeat this week’s opponent Miami. The following are the matchups Notre Dame must win in order to knock off the Hurricanes at Soldier [...]


Notre Dame vs. Michigan ’12: Key Matchups

September 20, 2012Comments (13)

Notre Dame vs. Michigan '12: Key Matchups

Welcome to a new weekly column here on UHND from one of our newest writers, Pierce O’Leary.  Each week Pierce will take a look at the key matchups that will make the difference in that weekend’s contest. Denard Robinson versus the Irish front seven Simply put the entire Michigan offense runs through their dual-threat quarterback [...]


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