SOUTH BEND, Indiana — There’s a palpable buzz in the air as Notre Dame football gets set for its season opener Saturday against Rice.
There’s the excitement of a new season, the uncertainty of an academic investigation, the unknown of a new defensive coordinator and new defensive starters and, of course, the return of quarterback Everett Golson. Rightly so, these topics have dominated much of the discussion throughout the preseason and during the first few days of game week.
Little has been said about Rice. The Owls are fresh off a 10-win season and their first-ever Conference USA title.
But what more do Irish fans need to know about Saturday’s opponent?
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