1. NFL Power Rankings: Rating Each Team's Step Forward in 2011

    Through 14 games of the NFL season, it's time to evaluate which teams have taken the biggest step forward, or back. The Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers head the list of the most improved teams in football...

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  2. 2012 BCS Championship: Why LSU Will Roll All over Alabama

    Though the Alabama Crimson Tide nearly played the LSU Tigers to a stalemate in their first battle, the Tigers will dominate the rematch in the 2012 BCS Championship...

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  3. Notre Dame Football: 5 Rising Sophomores Who Will Blow Up in 2012

    Notre Dame's 2011 freshman class was forced into early duty this season. As the calendar turns to 2012, five standouts from that class will develop into leaders for the Irish. Brian Kelly brought in a top recruiting class heading into this season...

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  4. Notre Dame Football: Why Jonas Gray Is the Irish Offensive MVP

    Even as Michael Floyd put up one of the great statistical seasons in Notre Dame history, Jonas Gray emerged as the Fighting Irish’s offensive MVP during the 2011 regular season...

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  5. Notre Dame Football: 7 Things That Need to Be Fixed Before 2012

    Going into 2012, there are seven areas in which Brian Kelly ’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish must improve in order to build on this season’s 8-4 record. Notre Dame was a pretty good football team during the 2011 regular season...

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  6. Little Caesars Bowl 2011: Key Matchups for Purdue vs. Western Michigan

    Matchups between the Big Ten and the MAC are usually lopsided, but the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl between the Purdue Boilermakers and Western Michigan Broncos isn’t the typical Big Ten-MAC contest...

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  7. Notre Dame Football: Why Florida State Is the Perfect Bowl Matchup for the Irish

    The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are destined for the Champs Sports Bowl. A matchup with the Florida State Seminoles would be a perfect test for a team trying to iron out its own imperfections...

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  8. Notre Dame Football: Is the Tommy Rees Era Over?

    Andrew Hendrix ’s second-half performance against Stanford may spell the end of the Tommy Rees era at Notre Dame...

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  9. Notre Dame Irish Football: Manti Te'o and Linebacker Corps Are Key vs. Stanford

    Manti Te'o and the Notre Dame linebackers must be outstanding if the Irish are going to have a chance against the Stanford Cardinal. Stanford’s offense begins with the running game...

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  10. Notre Dame Football: 5 Seniors the Irish Will Miss Most

    Heading into Notre Dame’s 2011 Senior Day, a few veteran players have really separated themselves from the pack. Senior Day is always a bittersweet occasion, with contradictory emotions colliding in the hearts and minds of players and fans alike...

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  11. Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly Is Handling Andrew Hendrix Perfectly

    Andrew Hendrix may have the talent to take over for Tommy Rees right now, but Brian Kelly is doing the right thing for Notre Dame by denying him that opportunity...

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  12. Notre Dame vs. Maryland: Grades for the Irish's Win over the Terrapins

    The Notre Dame Fighting Irish did their job against the Maryland Terrapins, leaving no doubt in a 45-21 victory. Notre Dame wasn't perfect in this game, but Irish fans should be very satisfied with a 24-point win over Maryland...

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  13. Notre Dame Football: New Helmets Represent a Shift in Priorities for the Irish

    It doesn’t matter what fans think about Notre Dame’s new helmets. Nor does it matter what fans think about Fieldturf, Jumbotrons or Ozzy Osbourne. These small changes represent a greater shift in philosophy for the Fighting Irish...

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  14. Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest: 5 Things We Learned from Irish Win vs. Deacons

    The Notre Dame Fighting Irish played just well enough to grab the win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Frankly, the Irish looked like they didn’t want to be there...

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  15. Notre Dame Football: How the Navy Blowout Can Help the Irish Beat Stanford

    Though Notre Dame’s demolishing of Navy seems fleeting, it provides the Irish with a blueprint to topple their toughest opponent, the Stanford Cardinal...

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  16. Notre Dame Football: Why Jonas Gray Should Start over Cierre Wood

    As the Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter the home stretch, Jonas Gray is challenging Cierre Wood for the lead role in Brian Kelly’s backfield...

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  17. Notre Dame Football: How Special Teams Are Killing the Irish

    Notre Dame’s offense and defense certainly haven’t been up to snuff this season, but special teams should actually shoulder most of the blame for the Irish’s disappointing start...

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  18. BCS Rankings: Comparing Every Top 25 Team to a Restaurant Chain

    It's too early in the season to get serious about the BCS standings. Rather than digging into the statistical minutia, let's have a little fun...

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  19. USC vs. Notre Dame: Who's the Better Receiver, Robert Woods or Michael Floyd?

    When Michael Floyd leads his Notre Dame Fighting Irish against Robert Woods’ USC Trojans, all eyes will be on two of the best receivers in the nation...

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  20. BCS Standings: 3 Unranked Teams That Can Make a Late Charge to BCS

    Georgia, Arizona State and Notre Dame didn’t make the initial BCS standings, but each has a clear path to a BCS bowl bid...

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  21. BCS Rankings 2011: No Notre Dame, so What's the State of the Program?

    Notre Dame began the season ranked in the Top 25, but is notably absent from the initial BCS rankings. It's a disappointing development, but not worthy of great concern...

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  22. BCS Rankings 2011: Predicting the Final BCS Rankings of the Year

    The initial BCS rankings come out tonight, but what will the standings look like at the end of the regular season? 1...

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  23. Nebraska and More Big Ten Teams Overrated in Coaches' Poll

    Nebraska and the entire mid-section of the Big Ten is receiving undue love in the Week 2 Coaches' Poll. The season is still young, but already the coaches seem to be giving too much credit to teams that really haven’t proven themselves, yet...

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  24. BCS Rankings 2011: Boise State and 3 Teams Whose Ranking Have Already Peaked

    Fans of Boise State, Oklahoma State and Penn State will be excited to see their teams in the initial BCS rankings tonight. Well take a picture, because it’s not going to last...

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  25. Hopkins vs. Dawson Results: Why Bernard Hopkins' Career Isn't over Yet

     Bernard Hopkins was forced out of his fight with Chad Dawson, but boxing has no choice but to keep Hopkins as a mainstay going forward. Bernard Hopkins is 46...

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