1. Notre Dame Football: Investigating Brian Kelly's History Against the Option

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Notre Dame football kicks off a difficult final five games of the regular season with a unique challenge Saturday in Navy’s triple-option offense...

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  2. Notre Dame Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for the Month of November

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With talk about the controversial ending against Florida State and the chances of a one-loss Notre Dame team in the College Football Playoff swirling, the ...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 4 days ago 15,776 reads 33 comments

  3. Notre Dame Football: Position-by-Position Midseason Grades for the Irish

    Less than 48 hours removed from Notre Dame’s 31-27 loss to Florida State, it’s time to begin to move on from the wild—and disputed—finish and assess the Irish at the bye week seven games into the season...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 11 days ago 5,681 reads 9 comments

  4. Notre Dame's Incredible Rise from 2011 Champs Sports Bowl vs. FSU

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In a short but strong series between Notre Dame football and Florida State, the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl was something out of the ordinary...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 14 days ago 6,793 reads 21 comments

  5. Notre Dame Football: Everett Golson Must Be at His Best Against Florida State

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jameis Winston is the quarterback with the Heisman Trophy to his name, but Everett Golson will have to be at his best for Notre Dame football to topple Florida State on Saturday in a Top Five showdown...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 15 days ago 4,526 reads 17 comments

  6. The 3 Biggest X-Factors for Notre Dame vs. Florida State

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The time has finally come for Notre Dame football to face Florida State in one of the biggest regular-season matchups for the Irish in nearly 20 years. It’s No...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 18 days ago 14,211 reads 56 comments

  7. Notre Dame Issues Exposed by UNC Must Be Fixed Before Showdown vs. FSU

    As the points piled up, so too did the collective uneasiness of Notre Dame football fans Saturday during the shootout between the Irish and the North Carolina Tar Heels...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 19 days ago 14,289 reads 39 comments

  8. Remember When Everett Golson Flipped from North Carolina to Notre Dame?

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson wasn't initially slated to go to Notre Dame. Before he even visited South Bend, Golson was committed to Butch Davis and the University of North Carolina...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 21 days ago 10,439 reads 21 comments

  9. Notre Dame Football: Everything Irish Fans Need to Know About North Carolina

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Nestled quietly between marquee matchups with Stanford and Florida State rests a potential trap game for Notre Dame football with North Carolina on Saturday...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 23 days ago 7,762 reads 9 comments

  10. Notre Dame Football: 5 Startling Statistics Through 5 Weeks

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Five games into the regular season, Notre Dame football continues to impress, posting strong defensive performances to accompany quarterback Everett Golson ’s mostly great play...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 25 days ago 16,485 reads 26 comments

  11. Notre Dame Football: Brian VanGorder's Stout Defense Continues to Impress

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Through four games, Notre Dame’s defense had yet to face a potent offense. After Saturday’s 17-14 win over Stanford, Notre Dame made it look like it still hasn ’t...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 25 days ago 10,239 reads 32 comments

  12. Notre Dame Football: The Importance of the Deep, Growing WR Corps

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Excuse Brian Kelly if he seems cautiously enthused about his wide receivers. Four games into Notre Dame football’s regular season, maybe Kelly simply can’t believe how well his receivers have played...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 28 days ago 5,605 reads 11 comments

  13. Notre Dame Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for the Month of October

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame football improved to 4-0 with its 31-15 win over Syracuse on Saturday, but the schedule stiffens, and the Irish made it clear they know they’ll need to improve against their upcoming opponents...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 1 month ago 10,689 reads 7 comments

  14. Notre Dame Football: Potential Cures for Everett Golson's Inconsistencies

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Only one quarterback took snaps for Notre Dame football in its 31-15 win over Syracuse on Saturday night, but it sure felt like two different players under center throughout the night...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 1 month ago 6,432 reads 10 comments

  15. Notre Dame Football: How Offensive Line Shakeup Impacts Irish

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Despite all the good that has come out of Notre Dame football’s 3-0 start and ascension to No. 8 in the national polls, the Irish have not been able to find the right answer on the offensive line...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 1 month ago 5,342 reads 6 comments

  16. Notre Dame Football: Everything Irish Fans Need to Know About Syracuse

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Stats don’t tell the entire story as Notre Dame football prepares to face Syracuse, which amassed 589 yards of total offense last week against Maryland...

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  17. Notre Dame Football: 4 Players Who Have Surprised Us in 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — While there haven’t been many shocking revelations from the first three Notre Dame football games, a host of players have turned heads with their early season play...

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  18. Notre Dame Football: 4 Surprises from the 1st Quarter of 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame football's 3-0 start to the season certainly isn’t surprising. Odds Shark indicates the Irish were favored against Rice , Michigan and Purdue , after all...

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  19. Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Latest Updates on 2015 Commits, Visits, Targets

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After a strong summer stretch of landing commitments, it has been a bit more than two months since Notre Dame football landed its last pledge. But the Irish have been active on the recruiting circuit...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 1 month ago 15,224 reads 3 comments

  20. Everett Golson's Ability to Carry Notre Dame Is Key Difference in 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS — On a night when Notre Dame football quarterback Everett Golson wasn ’t at his best, he showed how far he has come. A quick glance at Golson ’s stat line tells one story...

    Mike Monaco Written by Mike Monaco about 1 month ago 10,199 reads 27 comments

  21. Notre Dame Football: A Year of Change for Amir Carlisle

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In just one year Amir Carlisle has gone from an oft-used running back to a seldom-used running back to an intriguing slot receiver...

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  22. Notre Dame Football: Everything Irish Fans Need to Know About Purdue

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. —Saturday's matchup with Purdue won't match the hype of last weekend's showdown with Michigan, but don't tell that to Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly ...

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  23. Notre Dame Football: What You Should and Shouldn't Be Concerned About

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame football scored a monster win Saturday in its last scheduled meeting with its rival Michigan, topping the Wolverines, 31-0, under the lights before a raucous crowd at Notre Dame Stadium...

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  24. Notre Dame's Dominant Defensive Performance, What It Means

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Notre Dame and Michigan first squared off in football in 1887. For the first 126 years of the rivalry, the Irish had never shut out the Wolverines. That changed Saturday night, as Notre Dame blanked Michigan, 31-0...

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  25. Notre Dame Football: The Importance of the Irish Secondary Against Michigan

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Michigan has been blaring music this week during practice, trying to prepare for a raucous road environment Saturday night...

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