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  1. Marqise Lee talks match-up with Notre Dame

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Arizona State v USC

    USC’s No. 1 weapon, wide receiver Marqise Lee, went on the air with Russ Thaler on SportsTalk today, talking about the big game this weekend, Max Wittek’s “guarantee,” and what a victory over No. 1 Notre Dame would mean for the Trojans. ***

  2. Notre Dame: “The best SEC team in the country”

    Nov 21, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    Notre Dame isn’t just in control of its own destiny this weekend, it’s in control of the entire college football world. A Notre Dame victory on Saturday guarantees that the Irish will find its way into the national title game. Everybody else — with Alabama having the inside track — will have to fight for…

  3. And in that corner… The Southern California Trojans

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    Well folks, it doesn’t get any bigger than this one. With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s Notre Dame’s biennial trip to Los Angeles, with this showdown in the Coliseum meaning more than any other in recent memory for the Irish. As we’ve discussed (and will continue to discuss for the next few days), Trojan’s quarterback Matt…

  4. Tuesdays with BK: One more time

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    As Brian Kelly, the head coach of the No. 1 ranked team in the country, stood at the podium for his final game week press conference of the season, he was candid when he spoke of Notre Dame’s rivalry with Southern Cal. Frankly, it hasn’t been much of one. “Well, it’s not a great rivalry…

  5. Max Wittek: “We’re going to win this ballgame”

    Nov 20, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Colorado v USC

    With senior quarterback Matt Barkley on the sidelines for Saturday’s game, the Trojans will turn to redshirt freshman Max Wittek to pilot their high-powered offense. Having appeared in only three games in his USC career, Wittek is far from a proven commodity. But that hasn’t stopped the young quarterback from calling his shot. “We’re going…

  6. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Irish running back Wood runs for a 68 yard touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half of their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    At this point, it’s probably best to give up looking for a bad and an ugly from the weekend that was. Between the Irish’s demolition of Wake Forest, senior day festivities, and losses by both Kansas State and Oregon, there hasn’t been a better autumn Saturday in South Bend in quite some time. With the…

  7. Shoulder injury knocks Matt Barkley out for Saturday

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    Perhaps Irish fans shouldn’t be too heartbroken about losing out on Anthony Barr. Once a highly touted prep prospect looking at Notre Dame, the son of former Irish great Tony Brooks seemed destined to follow his dad’s footsteps, but decided to play closer to home, committing to Rick Neuheisel and UCLA, where he spent his…

  8. It’s official: Notre Dame is No. 1

    Nov 18, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    GraceNumber1

    After the craziest night of football in five years, both the Associated Press and the Coaches poll have made it official: Notre Dame is No. 1. The Irish were a unanimous choice top the AP Top 25, garnering all 60 first place votes. Rounding out the top five are Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon.…

  9. Notre Dame is No. 1 (But the system is absolutely broken)

    Nov 18, 2012, 1:35 AM EDT

    Kansas St Baylor Football

    As it tends to happen in November, college football threw its fans a curveball and toppled the country’s top two teams, all but flipping the world on its head with just one week to go in the regular season. A week after an impregnable Alabama team fell to Texas A&M, the top two teams in…

  10. Five things we learned: No. 3 Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0

    Nov 17, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Wake Forest v Notre Dame

    For a long time 38-0 signified the gap between Notre Dame and college football’s elite programs. In 2003, Michigan embarrassed the Irish, a top five team proving skeptics right that 2002 was a fluke as the Wolverines pounded the Irish, holding Notre Dame to just seven first downs and 140 yards. “They came at us…

  11. Snap Judgments: Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0

    Nov 17, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Wake Forest v Notre Dame

    The Gatorade bath sincerely surprised Brian Kelly, distracted by Robby Toma until a few chilly gallons of hydration poured down on the Irish head coach’s head in celebration of an undefeated home schedule. In Notre Dame’s 38-0 victory, a game that was all but decided by the game’s tenth minute, the Irish celebrated the team’s…

  12. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 17, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Te'o Captain

    It’s our final home game of the season. A year after autumn felt like it took an eternity, this season has flown by. Excruciating losses in gut-wrenching fashion tend to do that to you, and while there has been some heart-stopping theater this season as well, piling up wins seems to make the weeks go…

  13. Game Day: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    It’ll be an emotional afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium this afternoon, when 83,000 fans thank a senior class for its time in South Bend. But there’s also a football game to play, and that’s been quite the ignored subplot for a team that’s trying to exit Notre Dame Stadium at 11-0 for the first time…

  14. The Observer honors the senior class

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    NCAA Football: Michigan at Notre Dame

    With the final home game of the season upon us, the pregame festivities tomorrow afternoon will honor the 29 seniors set to graduate at the end of the school year. For most, it’ll be their last game at Notre Dame Stadium. For all, it’ll be a tremendous moment, especially considering the ups-and-downs this class has…

  15. Pregame Six Pack: There’s no place like home

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:07 AM EDT

    Kapron Lewis-Moore, Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert, Zack Martin

    Saturday ends another autumn of football at Notre Dame. When the No. 3 Fighting Irish run out of the tunnel against 5-5 Wake Forest, a contingent of 29 seniors will be honored for their commitment to their university. Some, like Manti Te’o and Tyler Eifert, have carried the flag for the program as they ascended…

  16. IBG: Thanks for the memories

    Nov 15, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    We can spend tomorrow and Saturday listening to Boyz II Men and getting out the yearbooks and hankies, but it’s been a good run for the Notre Dame senior class. Led by All-Americans Manti Te’o and Tyler Eifert, this class fought its way through some pretty horrific times and led a resurgence that has made…

  17. Wake Forest embraces the role of spoiler

    Nov 15, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Jim Grobe

    On Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame Stadium, we won’t be short on subplots. A group of seniors will be saying goodbye to the Golden Dome. Manti Te’o will take his curtain call. And the Irish will look to sway some undecided voters as they try to make up ground in a three-team race for the…

  18. Manti Te’o is Notre Dame

    Nov 14, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    It’s hard to come to grips with the fact that Manti Te’o will be playing his final home game at Notre Dame Stadium. From the day he chose Notre Dame over USC at a high school banquet in Hawaii, Te’o’s was expected to do big things at Notre Dame. Yet in his senior season, it’s…

  19. And in that corner… The Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Tanner Price

    A year after surviving a battle in Winston-Salem, Notre Dame returns the favor, hosting Wake Forest in South Bend, the final home game of the season. For the Irish, every game is must-see TV, with an undefeated season on the line and a home record that’s included nothing but nail-biters. For the Demon Deacons, it…

  20. Tuesdays with BK: One last time at Notre Dame

    Nov 13, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Senior Day

    With 26 seniors getting set to play their final game in Notre Dame Stadium, you could understand if media members were less inclined to discuss the challenges Wake Forest present, but rather ask Brian Kelly what it’ll be like for guys like Manti Te’o and Tyler Eifert, All-American performers playing their final game at home.…

  21. BCS hysteria can wait, Notre Dame still needs to beat USC

    Nov 12, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Curtis-McNeal-Stiffarm

    With two Saturdays left in Notre Dame’s season, two highly unrealistic scenarios are close to playing out before our very eyes. First, the Irish might run the table, completing as improbable of a undefeated regular season as you can remember. Second, it might not matter, and a 12-0 Notre Dame will be held out of…

  22. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Nov 11, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Boston College

    In a season filled with workmanlike effort and bottom-line results, Saturday night’s 21-6 victory fits in nicely with a recurring theme this season. Notre Dame, up to No. 3 in the polls after an Alabama loss, continued its march towards immortality, picking up its tenth victory and doing so in a manner befitting of this…

  23. Five things we learned: No. 4 Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6

    Nov 11, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Manti Te'o, Dan Fox, Bennett Jackson

    As it happens every year, college football becomes a true circus in November. With undefeated teams jockeying for postseason position, pundits screaming about bowl projections and odd-men-out, and elite teams crumbling under late-season pressure, this is the time of year that college football fans relish, if only for the certainty of absolute uncertainty. Days like…

  24. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Nov 10, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o, Stephon Tuitt

    The first shock-wave just reverberated across college football. Alabama, long thought the most impervious to upset, just had its undefeated season ended at the hands of a precocious young quarterback known as Johnny Football. With the nation’s top team off the grid, the Irish have an opportunity to make a few waves this evening as…

  25. Game Day: No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    A week after being pushed to their limit by a feisty underdog, No. 4 Notre Dame is in Boston ready to take on a school that relishes any opportunity to knock off the Fighting Irish. Some might say when Boston College plays Notre Dame you can throw away the records. But to do that would…