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  1. ASU Mailbag: Now Open

    Nov 5, 2014, 2:52 PM EST

    New Mailbox

    Send in any questions below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  2. Kelly begins defending Notre Dame’s strength of schedule

    Nov 5, 2014, 12:20 PM EST

    Brian Kelly, Brady Hoke

    As we enter the second week in the ridiculous, made-for-TV selection committee rankings for the College Football Playoff, a few things have been made clear.

  3. And in that corner… The Arizona State Sun Devils

    Nov 5, 2014, 11:45 AM EST

    Jaelen Strong, Dominique Hatfield

    With the College Football Playoff’s selection committee deeming this a Top 10 matchup, Notre Dame travels to Tempe for its best opportunity at impressing the voters. As a narrow underdog to Todd Graham’s Sun Devils, the Irish are facing a stiff test against an Arizona State team with an improving defense and growing confidence.

  4. Sun Devils present major challenge for Irish (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    USC v Arizona State

    Brian Kelly met with the local media on Tuesday to discuss Notre Dame’s trip to Tempe this weekend. And the battle with Arizona State certainly has Brian Kelly’s attention.

  5. VIDEO: 30 Seconds to Know: 1st Down Moses

    Nov 3, 2014, 5:33 PM EST

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    For as much attention as Touchdown Jesus has garnered, it’s only one of the great campus landmarks that’s been re-appropriated for football on Notre Dame’s campus.

  6. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Nov 3, 2014, 5:12 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    For as exacerbated as most Notre Dame fans were watching the Irish hang on for dear life (again!) against Navy, the response from the team and their coaches was much different. Facing a healthy Keenan Reynolds and a Navy team that picked themselves up off the mat and fought back after falling behind 28-7, there was no apology given for beating the Midshipmen 49-39 in a wild game Saturday night.

  7. Schmidt lost for season with ankle injury

    Nov 2, 2014, 5:18 PM EST

    Joe Schmidt

    Fears of a serious ankle injury were confirmed for Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt. X-Rays taken Sunday revealed a broken ankle and a dislocation, ending the season for the Irish’s leading tackler. Head coach Brian Kelly confirmed the news Sunday.

  8. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 49, Navy 39

    Nov 2, 2014, 1:59 AM EST

    Tarean Folston, Parrish Gaines, Daniel Gonzales, George Jamison

    It seemed too easy, didn’t it?

    Notre Dame’s offense was rolling. The Irish were on pace for 860 yards after the first quarter. Looking unbeatable, Everett Golson was throwing strikes, Tarean Folston was cutting through Navy’s defense and Brian VanGorder’s first attempt at slowing down the Midshipmen’s triple-option attack found enough stops to build a 28-7 lead.

  9. Live Chat — Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Nov 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

    Navy v Notre Dame

    Join us for the live blog during the Notre Dame-Navy game.

  10. Mailbag madness: Questions, questions and (longer) questions

    Nov 1, 2014, 1:50 PM EST

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Hope everybody had a spooky night and is ready for a hopefully less frightening evening against Navy. Let’s get to your questions. Or should I say manifestos.

  11. Pregame Six Pack: Another scare from Navy

    Oct 31, 2014, 1:59 PM EST

    USA Today Sports

    As Notre Dame and Navy meet for the 88th straight time, we reach a familiar time of year and a particularly scary Saturday for the Irish. As ghosts and goblins prepare to roam the streets in search of trick or treat, the Irish coaching staff receives its annual scare in the form of a triple-option offense and a football team with nothing to lose.

  12. Irish defense prepares for difficult option test

    Oct 30, 2014, 1:33 PM EST

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    With a little over 48 hours until Notre Dame and Navy play, the final pieces of installation around going in before the chess match between two coaching staffs take place. For the Irish, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder gets his first chance at stopping the triple-option in over a decade.

  13. Navy Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 29, 2014, 3:32 PM EST

    New Mailbox

    Drop your questions below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  14. Niumatalolo: Navy needs to be perfect to beat Notre Dame

    Oct 29, 2014, 2:11 PM EST

    Ken Niumatalolo, Emmett Merchant

    For a man that’s had more success against Notre Dame than any of his predecessors over the past two generations, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo certainly doesn’t think he’s figured out the Irish. In fact, for his Midshipmen team to win, Niumatalolo acknowledges that it takes more than just his team playing near-perfect football. He needs Notre Dame’s help as well.

  15. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 29, 2014, 12:21 PM EST

    Keenan Reynolds, Justin Utopo, Cole Luke

    With last night’s announcement had all eyes on the first announcement of the College Football Playoff rankings, the immediate concern is Navy. While we can spend the next five weeks worrying about the view from 30,000 feet, credit Brian Kelly for understanding that the Midshipmen present the most clear and present danger.

  16. Notre Dame ranked 10th in first Playoff rankings

    Oct 28, 2014, 8:44 PM EST

    Tennessee v Georgia

    The first College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday evening. And Notre Dame has some work to do. The selection committee’s first ballot has the Irish slotted in at 10th in the country, a middle-of-the-pack one-loss team according to the 12-person voting panel.

  17. Kelly on cut blocks: “Stop being crybabies”

    Oct 28, 2014, 4:33 PM EST

    Keenan Reynolds, Justin Utopo, Cole Luke

    With a week off between Florida State and Navy, Brian Kelly and his coaching staff had an extra week of preparation for Ken Niumatalolo’s triple-option attack. Allowing his team to leave campus during the university’s fall break, Kelly afforded his players a chance to recharge their batteries after being on campus since June.

  18. Can Brian Kelly recapture his November magic?

    Oct 27, 2014, 2:09 PM EST

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    Among the many reasons Charlie Weis lost his dream job coaching Notre Dame was the Irish’s stumbles in November. Even with a guaranteed 10-year contract, Jack Swarbrick couldn’t watch Notre Dame melt down in November for another year, with Weis’ final two seasons ending with Notre Dame going 1-9 after Halloween. That’s a scary movie franchise that needed killing, no matter the expense.

  19. Mailbag: Weekend reading

    Oct 25, 2014, 2:31 PM EST

    New Mailbox

    Before we have an Irish-free Saturday, let’s get to some questions. For those of you wondering what you should do on a day usually committed to football, the world is your oyster. Or you could watch some of Notre Dame’s opponents do battle.

  20. VanGorder finds perfect fit at Notre Dame

    Oct 24, 2014, 1:09 PM EST

    Brian Kelly, Brian VanGorder

    When Brian VanGorder’s name surfaced as Notre Dame looked for a new defensive coordinator, there wasn’t necessarily a lot of buzz behind the hire. While VanGorder fit many of the criteria that went along with a Brian Kelly hire, the big-picture reaction wasn’t one of universal support.

  21. The good, the bad, the ugly: Bye week

    Oct 23, 2014, 1:28 PM EST

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    There is no football game this weekend. For a Notre Dame football team that just played three-straight tight games, that’s a good thing. (For Irish fans, it’s a victory as well. Go buy a pumpkin and get outside in the fall weather.) As promised, let’s look back at the first eight weeks of the season. Notre Dame sits at 6-1, with a place in the College Football Playoff still very much in play.

  22. Linebacker Tevon Coney commits to Notre Dame

    Oct 23, 2014, 10:41 AM EST

    247Sports.com

    For the second time in a week, Notre Dame’s recruiting class landed a playmaking linebacker. During a press conference streamed live on ESPN.com, Florida’s Tevon Coney pledged his commitment to the Irish, picking Notre Dame over finalists Miami and Florida.

  23. Bye week Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 23, 2014, 12:07 AM EST

    New Mailbox

    Drop your questions below. Or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  24. Future ACC schedules come into focus

    Oct 22, 2014, 11:43 AM EST

    Jack Swarbrick

    With Notre Dame’s scheduling agreement in place with the ACC, Jack Swarbrick and the Irish athletic department can find some certainty in their future slates. That certainty was announced Tuesday, with dates for five ACC games in place through 2019 and matchups set through 2025.

  25. Can Notre Dame kill Pac-12′s playoff chances?

    Oct 21, 2014, 7:28 PM EST

    After eight weeks, the forecast for the first College Football Playoff is coming into focus. After falling to Florida State last weekend, the Irish lost pole position. But as a one-loss team now likely competing for one of the final spots in the four-team event, Notre Dame remains one of the top dark horse candidates.