1. 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...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 7 days ago 4,412 reads 3 comments

  2. 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 27 days ago 10,085 reads 27 comments

  3. 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...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 1 month ago 1,074 reads 0 comments

  4. 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 1 month ago 12,327 reads 48 comments

  5. 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 1 month ago 2,110 reads 1 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 4,700 reads 8 comments

  7. 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 2 months ago 7,459 reads 7 comments

  8. 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 3 months ago 7,950 reads 16 comments

  9. 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 3 months ago 5,082 reads 15 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 24,695 reads 18 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 1,433 reads 1 comments

  12. 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 ...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 4 months ago 1,422 reads 0 comments

  13. 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...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 4 months ago 1,775 reads 2 comments

  14. 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 5 months ago 974 reads 3 comments

  15. 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 5 months ago 1,431 reads 1 comments

  16. 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...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 3,782 reads 11 comments

  17. 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 5 months ago 2,840 reads 2 comments

  18. 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 5 months ago 1,285 reads 1 comments

  19. 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...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 2,244 reads 3 comments

  20. 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...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 2,740 reads 3 comments

  21. 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...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 3,211 reads 5 comments

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

    We begin our pre-spring previews of 2014 Notre Dame opponents with Michigan, which is the first Irish foe to begin spring practice. It was a tale of two seasons for the 2013 Wolverines, who saw a 5-0 start spiral into a 7-6 finish...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 3,157 reads 5 comments

  23. Notre Dame Football: Ranking the Fighting Irish's 2015 Recruiting Needs

    In college football, recruiting never ends. With the 2014 class now signed, sealed and delivered, the focus can now turn to the 2015 classes. Fortunately for Notre Dame fans, Brian Kelly and his staff have already been busy in that department...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 5 months ago 13,254 reads 21 comments

  24. Notre Dame Football: New Class Ensures Irish Can Be Playoff Contenders

    Notre Dame’s 2014 signing class hasn ’t received a significant amount of accolades — not in a year when Alabama may have just landed the best class ever...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 6 months ago 6,980 reads 33 comments

  25. College Football 2014: Ranking the 50 Toughest Schedules

    In no sport are schedules more important than in college football. Why? For two reasons. First, due to the limited number of games, schedules are unbalanced both between leagues and within them...

    Matt Smith Written by Matt Smith about 6 months ago 34,268 reads 64 comments