1. Notre Dame Football: Reassessing North Carolina as a Trap Game

    Back in the dog days of summer, I discussed possible trap games on Notre Dame’s 2014 schedule. There were multiple options that met most of the criteria, but nearly every sign pointed to Saturday’s home game with North Carolina (3:30 p...

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  2. Notre Dame Football: Expect a Slow Start vs. Purdue

    On the heels of perhaps the most impressive performance of the Brian Kelly era, a 31-0 win over Michigan, Notre Dame makes the short trip to Indianapolis Saturday night to meet longtime rival Purdue...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 1 month ago 9,545 reads 23 comments

  3. Notre Dame Football: The 10 Best Games in the Michigan-Notre Dame Rivalry

    You have probably heard, but Saturday night's game between Michigan and No. 16 Notre Dame will be the last between the two rivals for the foreseeable future, as Notre Dame reconfigures its schedule to allow for five games annually against ACC opponents..

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  4. Notre Dame Football: Springmann Loss Increases Burden on Young DTs

    After remaining a recluse for the past few weeks while his peers suffered through the circus of conference media days and trips to ESPN, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly returned ...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 3 months ago 7,947 reads 6 comments

  5. Notre Dame Football: The 2014 Fighting Irish All-Opponent Team

    As the long wait before the start of fall camp draws to an end, the major storylines for Notre Dame Fighting Irish heading into the 2014 season are well-documented. But the Irish are only half of the story...

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  6. Reassessing Notre Dame's Recruiting Situation After Commitment Frenzy

    As the calendar turns to July, the structure of Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting class is beginning to take shape...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 4 months ago 10,387 reads 27 comments

  7. Notre Dame Football: Irish, Georgia Announce Home-and-Home Series

    It has been almost a decade since Notre Dame last played an SEC opponent in the regular season. After the Irish's 41-21 victory over Tennessee in 2005, Notre Dame and the SEC have not crossed paths outside of two BCS bowl meetings...

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  8. Notre Dame Football: Vegas Odds Suggest Low Expectations for 2014 Irish

    There are various signs that college football is right around the corner during the summer. One of those came Friday, when the Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas released its opening lines for its college football "games of the year...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 4 months ago 20,598 reads 48 comments

  9. Notre Dame Football: Identifying the Irish's Trap Game

    Notre Dame's 2014 schedule looks quite a bit different than it has in recent years. Gone is Michigan State, as the defending Big Ten champions roll off of the Fighting Irish schedule for the first time since 1996...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 4 months ago 2,254 reads 1 comments

  10. Notre Dame Football: 5 True Freshmen the Irish Need to Contribute

    Next week, 21 Notre Dame signees will set foot on the northern Indiana campus for the first time as college students...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 4,813 reads 8 comments

  11. Notre Dame Football: Winners and Losers of the Brian VanGorder Hire

    Frequent scheme overhauls are not uncommon in today’s nomadic nature of college football coaching. After three different coordinators during the Charlie Weis tenure, Notre Dame ran a conservative 3-4 defense for four seasons under Brian Kelly ...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 7,764 reads 7 comments

  12. Notre Dame Football: Comparing the Irish Offense to Charlie Weis' Best Offense

    There are many reasons why Charlie Weis ultimately failed at Notre Dame. He recruited poorly in the trenches. He made multiple questionable coaching hires. The athletic director that hired him left for Duke in the middle of his tenure...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 6 months ago 8,096 reads 16 comments

  13. Notre Dame Football: The Top 10 Opposing Players the Irish Will Face in 2014

    With a schedule ranked as the eighth-hardest in the nation, Notre Dame will face some of the premier players in college football during the 2014 season...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 6 months ago 5,159 reads 15 comments

  14. Notre Dame Football: CB Rashad Kinlaw Dismissed from Team

    Head coach Brian Kelly announced Friday morning following Notre Dame's 11th spring practice that redshirt freshman defensive back Rashad Kinlaw has been dismissed from the team...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 7 months ago 24,986 reads 18 comments

  15. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Florida State

    Notre Dame and Florida State don’t exactly have parallel histories on the football field. The Fighting Irish won five national titles before Florida State even began admitting males to the university in 1947...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 7 months ago 1,486 reads 1 comments

  16. Notre Dame Football Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Syracuse

    There were many low points at Notre Dame in the Charlie Weis era. The lowest of lows may have come on Senior Day in 2008 when a 2-8 Syracuse team with already fired coach Greg Robinson ...

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  17. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Louisville

    Despite having played football for 127 years, there are still major-conference opponents that Notre Dame has yet to play...

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  18. Notre Dame Football Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Navy

    It wouldn’t be a Notre Dame football season without the Fighting Irish meeting Navy. The two programs, whose history goes well beyond the gridiron, have met every year since 1927...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 7 months ago 1,082 reads 3 comments

  19. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Arizona State

    Notre Dame will always have a special appreciation for Sun Devil Stadium. It was in the stadium nestled beside the Arizona State campus in downtown Tempe that the Fighting Irish claimed ...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 8 months ago 1,487 reads 1 comments

  20. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: USC

    In order to accommodate its scheduling requirements as a result of its ACC alliance, Notre Dame was forced to eliminate many of its yearly opponents from the schedule...

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  21. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Rice

    In recent years, Notre Dame has added some unfamiliar opponents to its football schedule. Western Michigan, USF and Temple all have met the Irish for the first time during Brian Kelly ’s tenure...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 8 months ago 3,035 reads 2 comments

  22. Notre Dame Football Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Purdue

    A week after parting ways with Michigan for the foreseeable future, Notre Dame will do the same with Purdue. The Irish and Boilermakers, who have met every season since 1946, will not play again until 2020 following their Sept...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 8 months ago 1,341 reads 1 comments

  23. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: North Carolina

    Notre Dame’s decision in 2012 to become a quasi-ACC member was not only done to find a home for basketball and Olympics sports after the breakup of the Big East, but also to bring some stability to its football schedules...

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  24. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Northwestern

    For Notre Dame fans over the age of 25, the mere mention of Northwestern is likely to awaken past demons that they have been attempting to bury since 1995...

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  25. Notre Dame Football: Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Stanford

    Stanford isn ’t Notre Dame’s biggest rival—not in the country, the Pac -12, or even California—but it’s been the Cardinal, not USC, that have been a recent thorn in the side of the Fighting Irish...

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