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Keith Arnold

  1. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jarron Jones, Stephon Tuitt

    What a difference a win makes. With the Irish back in South Bend with a week off before needing to prepare for Southern Cal, Notre Dame can look to the second half of the season, where the schedule could stack up nicely for a late season showdown against Stanford, who survived a scare from Washington…

  2. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 37, Arizona State 34

    Oct 6, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Arizona State

    After a month of getting kicked around, picked on, and compared to last year’s historic unit, you can forgive Notre Dame’s defense for playing with a chip on their shoulder. And with Irish fans steaming after Tommy Rees’s throw sailed over DaVaris Daniels’ head to stop a clock with precious few seconds left, you can…

  3. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    With Notre Dame wearing home white uniforms, the Irish enter their annual Shamrock Series game hoping to replicate the glory days of Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys, who made wearing white at home fashionable. Needing to shake off a disappointing loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, Notre Dame hosts Arizona State in AT&T Stadium, Jerry…

  4. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

    TJ Jones, Julian Wilson

    With Notre Dame in need of a rebound against an Arizona State team that looks a lot more dangerous than ever before, let’s run through ten Irish players that need to play well for Notre Dame to win in tonight’s primetime affair. Tommy Rees. No need to sugarcoat it. (And after reading the comments on recent…

  5. Pregame Six Pack: Shamrocks and Sun Devils

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:25 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    A Shamrock Series game is usually known for its alternate location and nontraditional uniforms. But when Notre Dame and Arizona State battle in primetime on Saturday night, it might also decide the season. As the Irish take on Todd Graham’s dangerous Sun Devils squad, Notre Dame is likely playing for their BCS lives. A win…

  6. Kelly expects knee injury to sideline Bryant for the season

    Oct 3, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    The weekly Greg Bryant watch has been called off. On Thursday after practice, Brian Kelly announced that the highly touted freshman running back will need approximately four weeks rest after battling knee tendinitis, likely ending his season. Bryant played early in the season, logging two carries against Temple and another touch against Purdue. And while…

  7. Mailbag! (Angry villagers and ASU edition)

    Oct 3, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    Without further ado, this week’s mailbag. rossumnminor: Keith is this a second chance and sort of a good thing that OU and ASU are very similar across the board? I.e. another week of similar preparation? Let’s start this off with a football question. Well done, Rossumn! If you’re looking to actually think about Xs and Os…

  8. Irish offense’s no-back set coming up empty

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rees Empty

    Through five games, Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin are doing their best to try and find an identity for the Irish offense. With five running backs battling for snaps, a wide receiving corps that’s run hot and cold, and an offensive line that struggled until last week to dictate terms in the running…

  9. ASU Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT


    Open for questions. Here or on Twitter @KeithArnold. Fire Away.

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

    Oct 2, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

    USC v Arizona State

    Forgive Arizona State head coach Todd Graham for feeling comfortable at a job. For the first time in a few years, Graham might actually put down some roots, quickly reinvigorating the Sun Devil football program with a new approach after Dennis Erickson failed to return the program to its glory days. Graham took over the…

  11. IBG: Shamrock Showdown

    Oct 2, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT


    Any time you have a first five games that includes Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma, the chance for losing football games is there. But perhaps the disappointment for most Irish fans comes from the way Notre Dame lost the games — a series of self-inflicted mistakes that many hoped were behind this team. But as…

  12. Kelly: Rees needs to “avoid the noise”

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees

    This certainly isn’t the first time quarterback Tommy Rees has felt the fire from Notre Dame’s fanbase. About a year to date after Rees was booed entering the game in relief against Purdue last season, Rees is once again the whipping boy of Irish fans near and far as the senior quarterback’s performance against Oklahoma,…

  13. Against Sun Devil defense, run game is key

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    George Atkinson III

    It doesn’t take a very deep dive into Arizona State to understand there are some areas to attack. The last three games the Sun Devils have played have resulted in some ugly numbers in rushing defense, counterintuitive when you consider Will Sutton is considered Louis Nix’s equal when talking about elite defensive tackles. Of course,…

  14. Progress measured in both wins and losses

    Sep 30, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma v Notre Dame

    If there’s anything that’s taken the stink off Notre Dame’s disappointing loss to Oklahoma, it’s comparing it to the sinkhole that’s enveloped the football program at rival USC. As the Trojans exit September, they aren’t wondering whether or not they’re still competing for a spot at the top of the Pac-12, but rather who will…

  15. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma v Notre Dame

    Usually losing for the second time in the season’s opening month calls for greater introspection. But upon the second viewing of Notre Dame’s 35-21 loss to Oklahoma, the results were quite clear: Early turnovers sunk the Irish on Saturday. Those turnovers ultimately fall on quarterback Tommy Rees. The senior leader of the Irish offense once…

  16. Kiffin’s firing and ASU’s offense both impact Notre Dame

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    USC vs Notre Dame

    As Arizona State piled up a remarkable six second half touchdowns, two realizations quickly came to mind last night: The Sun Devils offense looks mighty tough. And it was going to be a really difficult week for Lane Kiffin. First let’s get to the juicy stuff. Kiffin was fired late last night after the team’s…

  17. Five things we learned: Oklahoma 35, Notre Dame 21

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Tulsa  v Oklahoma

    Notre Dame’s first four plays could’ve served as the CliffsNotes for their 35-21 loss to Oklahoma. On third and long from the Irish 28, Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker came unblocked off the backside, hitting Tommy Rees just as he was trying to throw. The ball ended up in linebacker Corey Nelson’s arms, and just 49…

  18. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    They don’t get much better than this weekend. With No. 14 Oklahoma visiting No. 22 Notre Dame, two of the traditional powers in college football square off in South Bend for only the second time since 1968. With a combined 18 national championships, 12 Heisman Trophies and 261 consensus All-Americans, the game is being deemed “The…

  19. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    On a beautiful South Bend Saturday, it’ll be up to Notre Dame to play a near perfect game. An underdog at home to the visiting Sooners, the Irish will need to play their best game in all three phases to emerge victorious against the Sooners. Let’s run through a few final keys before kickoff: Tommy…

  20. First road start is extra special for Bell

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

    Blake Bell

    Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell will be making his first ever road start on Saturday. For Sooner quarterbacks, their first game outside the friendly confines of the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has been a mixed bag. Under Bob Stoops, Sooner quarterbacks are 3-4 in their first road starts, with none winning against BCS opponents. Add…

  21. Pregame Six pack: Onward to Oklahoma

    Sep 27, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    One-third of the way into the season and the Fighting Irish still haven’t played a complete football game. After sliding by Temple, Purdue and Michigan State without their best efforts, there’s no room for mediocrity to creep into either side of the football’s efforts. To beat the 14th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, Notre Dame will need…

  22. Spond talks about the decision to walk away from football

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Danny Spond

    Notre Dame lost outside linebacker Danny Spond during fall camp after recurring issues with severe migraine headaches forced the senior to make the difficult to decision to walk away from the game. Spond had never suffered from migraines until he had one so debilitating that he suffered stroke-like symptoms last year during fall camp. After…

  23. Oklahoma Mailbag

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Amir Carlisle

    Just over 48 hours to go until Notre Dame and Oklahoma take the field. With thousands migrating to South Bend for the game this weekend, let’s take a dig into the mailbag for a few questions and answers. (With a special guest making her first appearance at the end of the mailbag.) irish4006: Do you think…

  24. IBG: Boomer Sooner

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT


    Better late than never, it’s time for this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering. This week, it was my turn to ask Aaron Horvath,’s resident sports blogger, a few questions about big non-conference games, Notre Dame attempting a “Green Out,” and an Xs and Os question about the big match-up this weekend. As usual, for more…

  25. Can Irish force Sooners offense to be one-dimensional?

    Sep 25, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Irish Sooners

    Coming off a game where quarterback Blake Bell completed over 70 percent of his passes, threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns, it might feel counterintuitive to say that Notre Dame’s best chance to beat the Sooners will come from forcing Oklahoma to pass more. But after controlling the line of scrimmage last year…