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Keith Arnold

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Pregame six pack: The Holy War

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:51 AM EDT

    ND BC

    When Notre Dame goes to Chestnut Hill, they’ll be playing not just to get to 10-0, but to continue a winning streak against a rival that brings out the ire of Irish fans everywhere. Even with Boston College 2-7 and in the midst of a season that’ll likely end with Frank Spaziani getting fired, you…

  7. BK visits Dan Patrick

    Nov 8, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    TheDanPatrickShow

    A few weeks ago, Brian Kelly went on with Colin Cowherd, the ESPN radio personality, and went head-to-head with a guy that’s been fairly skeptical of the Irish revival. Yesterday, Kelly went on with Dan Patrick and discussed the 9-0 Irish, hitting some good topics along the way. Probably the most interesting was Kelly’s vote…

  8. IBG: Is something wrong with ND?

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    No matter the record, the Boston College game is always one worth circling on the calendar. (Which leads me to an aside, does anybody actually know someone that circles a date on a calendar? Does anyone actually print out a football calendar? I’m a bookmark kind of guy, and by mid-August, I’ve pretty much got…

  9. 2014 DT Jay Hayes commits to Irish

    Nov 7, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    Jay Hayes

    The final spots in the 2013 recruiting class are all but filled. But Notre Dame picked up another important recruit in the 2014 class this morning, with Brooklyn defensive tackle Jay Hayes pledging his commitment to the Irish. “He committed to Notre Dame this morning,” Poly Prep head coach Dino Mangiero told BlueandGold.com. “He loves…

  10. And in that corner… The Boston College Eagles

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    Chase Rettig

    Things aren’t so happy in Chestnut Hill. After winning 30 games from 2006-2008, Boston College athletic director Gene DiFilippo made the controversial decision to fire head coach Jeff Jagodzinski for interviewing for the head coaching position with the New York Jets. After two seasons, including one where the Eagles ended in the AP top ten,…

  11. Tuesdays with BK: Bring on BC

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:28 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    It’s officially uncharted territory for Notre Dame. For much of the past month, the Irish have been compared to the 2002 squad, Tyrone Willingham’s first team in South Bend that won thanks to a relentless defense and an opportunistic offense. For three quarters last Saturday, it appeared those comparisons were all too familiar. Facing a…

  12. Anzalone confirms commitment as recruiting heats up

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

    Alex Anzalone

    Notre Dame’s recruiting class is nearly full at 22 members. And thanks to a weekend visit to South Bend by linebacker Alex Anzalone, it’ll stay that way. The Wyomissing, Pennsylvania linebacker won his section championship on Saturday afternoon then took a drive to South Bend, spending Sunday and Monday with the Notre Dame coaches and…

  13. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    As you could probably imagine from the uproar on the web, there’s been quite a bit of discussion about Notre Dame’s triple-overtime 29-26 victory. The close shave, along with the impressive Oregon victory over USC, was enough to drop Notre Dame down to the No. 4 spot in the BCS rankings, their same ranking in…

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 29, Pitt 26

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Everett Golson, oe Trebitz

    Make no mistake, this is a football game that Notre Dame finds a way to lose. Yet down 14 points in the fourth quarter, the No. 4 Fighting Irish kept plugging away, failing to let the litany of mistakes they made Saturday afternoon get in the way of a season that seems destined for greatness…

  15. Snap Judgments: Notre Dame escapes 29-26

    Nov 3, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    The scene was set for the all too familiar. Notre Dame, highly rated and coming off a gigantic victory, was ready to choke away its season. Kyle Brindza left four points on the board. Both Tommy Rees and Everett Golson threw mind-numbing interceptions. Notre Dame’s vaunted rush defense gave up 172 yards to Ray Graham.…

  16. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

    Nov 3, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o, Stephon Tuitt

    It’s a crisp football Saturday in South Bend. And while the temperature might be hovering in the 40s, the Irish offense is hoping to heat up against a Pitt defense thinned out by injuries. For Everett Golson, it’s a chance to build on a big performance against Oklahoma. On the defensive side of the ball,…

  17. Game Day: No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Another Saturday, another opportunity for No. 4 Notre Dame to continue winning, and potentially convert some doubters on he way. With the Irish robust favorites this afternoon with the line set at 17-points, the Notre Dame offense needs to build on its efficiency against Oklahoma while the defense needs to continue dominating. We’ll be live-blogging…

  18. Pregame six pack: The 8-0 edition

    Nov 2, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    It may not have the glamor and intrigue of last weekend’s match-up in Norman, but Saturday’s game against 4-4 Pittsburgh counts the same.  With No. 4 Notre Dame undefeated after two-thirds of the season, any loss will knock a dream Irish season off the tracks. Not that Brian Kelly is letting the Irish turn their…

  19. Irish land elite commitment in CB Cole Luke

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Cole Luke

    Notre Dame received great news this afternoon with the commitment of Arizona cornerback Cole Luke. The six-foot, 170-pound coverman chose the Irish over Texas and Oklahoma, a sentence you don’t write or hear too often. Luke, a consensus four-star, elite-level prospect from Chandler, Arizona, has seen Notre Dame and the Irish multiple times, including once…

  20. IBG: Pitt problems and dealing with 8-0

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    Welcome to another episode of the Irish Blogger Gathering. This week, I’m asking Twibby of HerLoyalSons.com some questions, and he’s, in turn, answering them. If you’re into this kind of thing, you’ve got my answers over at HLS, and the Subway Domer and Josh Flynt of Strong and True taking turns as well. It’s a…

  21. Friendly reminder: Too early to worry about the BCS

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    APTOPIX_BCS_Championship_Football_0d41f-18642

    Third in the BCS Standings. Fourth in the Coaches’ Poll. Strong with the computers. Weak with the pollsters. A November schedule that softens before USC. Opponents losing games that could cost Notre Dame in the end. The variety of permutations and enormity of the variables that go into determining the BCS formula makes most football…

  22. And in that corner… The Pitt Panthers

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Paul Chryst

    Expect things to be testy in Bristol this weekend, as Mark May and Lou Holtz actually have something to bicker about. After a massive win in Norman, the Irish return home to South Bend, a place that’s been much tougher on Notre Dame than any opponent’s stadium. They’ll face a familiar opponent in the Pitt…

  23. Tuesdays with BK: Prepping for Pitt

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    With Superstorm Sandy battering the East Coast and many of our readers under water and in bad shape, let me be one of the many voices from somewhere safe to wish you all well and hope that you’ve stayed out of harm’s way. Not to take the devastation that has hit our country’s Eastern Seaboard…

  24. Opposition round-up: Week Nine

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Marqise Lee, John Manoogian

    Let’s take a stroll across college football and see how Notre Dame’s opponents did last week. NAVY — If Notre Dame fans are feeling disappointed in their opponents, don’t look at Navy. After a rough start, the Midshipmen have rallied nicely, continuing that trend with a big victory over East Carolina. Navy put up a…

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

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    If it took a little longer to get this column up, it’s because I’m still trying to process the football game Notre Dame played. This is far from an original thought, but Brian Kelly‘s troops played as close to a perfect football game as you could have ever imagined, putting together near flawless execution in…