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  1. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

    Oct 20, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Theo Riddick

    From the sounds of it, you’d have thought Notre Dame’s football team beat BYU while keeping an eye on Twitter, Facebook and message boards. The same social media and white noise that Brian Kelly warned his team about all week was tough on the No. 5 team in the country after a hard fought 17-14…

  2. Snap judgments: Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

    Oct 20, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Joe Sampson, Theo Riddick

    Perhaps it was the most elaborate trap ever set. Convinced there was nothing to worry about after discussing a potential trap game all week, the No. 5 Fighting Irish fell into one anyway. Looking sloppy throughout the game’s first 30 minutes before scoring the only 10 points of the second half, Notre Dame escaped against…

  3. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Oct 20, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    TJ Jones

    Another Saturday, another big game for the Fighting Irish. And as usual, we’ve got every angle of this game covered. For those of you that want to chat during the game, see below for the live blog. Standard live-blog protocol applies, and as we’ve done the past few weeks, the guys at The Observer will…

  4. Game Day: No. 5 Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Oct 20, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees

    With No. 5 Notre Dame preparing to take on BYU in a few hours, let’s empty the notebook and discuss a few last minute thoughts and questions I still have. At this point, I’d be shocked if Tommy Rees doesn’t start. I’m not calling my shot, but I expect No. 11 to be behind center…

  5. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on BYU

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:56 AM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    Leave it to Brian Kelly to spice up a week without an obvious storyline. With Everett Golson recovering from a mild concussion suffered last Saturday against Stanford, Kelly announced he’d be making a game-time decision on his starting quarterback. Even better, he wouldn’t narrow things down between three candidates, the incumbent starter Golson, who didn’t…

  6. IBG: Halfway home

    Oct 18, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

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    At long last, it’s finally an interesting fall for Irish fans. Thanks to an unblemished first half of the season, Notre Dame is in the national conversation, not to mention the hunt for the BCS. After an excellent victory over Stanford, people have started drawing conclusions. Bowl eligibility? Check. Inside track to a BCS bowl?…

  7. For the legend of Te’o, awards don’t matter

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    Whether or not Manti Te’o ends up a Heisman Trophy candidate is hardly the point. But you can’t blame many of us looking for ways to quantify the senior linebacker’s greatness, both on and off the field. At a position where stats only tell part of the story of a player’s dominance, midseason All-American nominations,…

  8. Cleared to practice, Golson needs to elevate his game

    Oct 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    As expected, Everett Golson passed the final portion of concussion testing, clearing him to play this Saturday against BYU. Now, the sophomore quarterback needs to make the strides on the field to reward Brian Kelly’s faith in him. Golson’s first season has been like many other rookie debuts: a work in progress. As the Irish…

  9. And in that corner… The BYU Cougars

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Riley Nelson

    There is no preordained headline for Notre Dame’s battle this Saturday against BYU. It won’t be in a historic location or against a natural rivalry. ESPN won’t be staked out in front of the library. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a critical Saturday for the Irish. With BYU heading to South Bend, two independent…

  10. Tuesdays with BK: Onward to BYU

    Oct 16, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly spent over 45-minutes talking to the media today, getting everybody up to speed on Everett Golson’s recovery from a mild concussion to prepping his team for BYU, which many people are calling a trap game. There’s plenty of good stuff in here, so I’ll link to the video if you’ve got some time…

  11. Opposition round-up: Week seven

    Oct 16, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Texas v Oklahoma

    Oklahoma stepped forward while Purdue and Michigan State stepped backwards. Oklahoma’s offense looked to be in peak form while USC’s defense did the job against Washington. As the season continues, the Irish schedule continues to come into focus. Let’s take a look at how Notre Dame’s opponents did over the weekend. *** NAVY — A…

  12. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    The polls and rankings are out. For the first time in a long time, Notre Dame is in the country’s top five teams, checking in at No. 5 in the BCS rankings, the AP Poll, and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. With their third victory against a top 25 opponents, the Irish now shift their…

  13. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13

    Oct 13, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    Torrential rains. Phantom whistles. Heroic quarterbacking. And an epic (and disputed) goal line stand. Notre Dame’s 20-13 victory over Stanford played out like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, with 80,795 soaked fans waiting for what seemed like eternity while replay officials decided whether or not Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor was stopped short of the goal…

  14. Snap Judgments: Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13

    Oct 13, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    It may not have been pretty, but it was a classic finish for the Fighting Irish defense. With Stanford having 1st and Goal at the 3, the Cardinal got the ball to within a foot of the goal line with two plays to get it in. But the Irish defense wasn’t about to give up…

  15. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Oct 13, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The skies opened up around 2 p.m., adding another wrinkle to a game filled with interesting subplots. While the hardest rain seems to be behind us, the Irish and the Cardinal will not just battle each other, they’ll battle the elements. As usual, a Notre Dame home game will give you…

  16. Game Day: No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 Stanford

    Oct 13, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan State

    You’ll have to forgive me if my crystal ball seems a little cloudy this morning. I could blame the cobwebs from a long night of travel. But it’s getting a handle on what kind of team No. 17 Stanford is that I’m struggling with. While the Cardinal have one of the country’s most impressive victories…

  17. Set your DVR: Onward Notre Dame

    Oct 13, 2012, 4:23 AM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    Usually a game between highly ranked opponents on a national stage is enough to get you excited. But for those of us that spend far too much time following the Fighting Irish, today gives you a unique opportunity to take a look behind the curtain of one of college football’s most storied programs. An hour…

  18. Pregame Six Pack: Staring down Stanford

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:21 AM EDT

    Manti Te'o Stanford

    The Stanford Cardinal have quite a feather in their cap. Entering the season, they’re the only team in college football history to defeat Notre Dame and USC in three consecutive seasons. David Shaw’s squad has already extended their streak against the Trojans. They’ll look to do the same against the Irish, running their record winning…

  19. IBG: Ramping up the stakes

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Stanford Washington Football

    Another Thursday, another Irish Blogger Gathering. This week, I’ve drawn the godfather of the IBG, The Subway Domer. When he’s not leading the charge here, or putting a purple-faced Brian Kelly on a unicorn, he’s openly judging our Tweets. He’s also just picked himself up off the canvas and announced his non-retirement from blogging. (As…

  20. Shaw talks challenges of going to South Bend

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    David Shaw

    Even though David Shaw hasn’t lost to Notre Dame in three years, that doesn’t mean he’s taken the game against the Irish lightly. In fact, Shaw — just like Brian Kelly — settled in to his media obligations a few minutes late. He was studying Manti Te’o. Shaw talked about what his Cardinal face in…

  21. And in that corner… The Stanford Cardinal

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

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    The Irish are well into their preparation for David Shaw’s Stanford team. As Brian Kelly and his coaching staff lay out the challenges in front of the team this week, they’ll be able to get a true measure of where this football team is from a physical perspective. The past two seasons, Stanford has plain…

  22. Tuesdays with BK: Time for Stanford

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    Arizona v Stanford

    Brian Kelly strolled to his noon press conference six minutes late today. For a coach you can usually set your watch to, this was a bit out of character. But let’s cut the guy some slack, Stanford, a team that’s beaten this coaching staff twice and Notre Dame three seasons in a row, could have…

  23. Early computer love for the Irish

    Oct 9, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    This Sunday, the first BCS standings will be released to the public. For many, it’ll be the start of the second-to-last opportunity to kick dirt on one of the more ridiculous achievement measurements in sports history. For others, it’ll start the official countdown until the NCAA adopts its four-team playoff in the 2014 season. But…

  24. Another Saturday, another biggest game of the year

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    It’s that kind of season. With Notre Dame off to a 5-0 start, it’s beginning to feel like a Yogi Berra quote. Another Saturday, another biggest game of the year. If you wanted, you could probably make that argument just about every Saturday. The past three games certainly qualified. With Michigan State, the Irish had…

  25. Opposition round-up: Week Six

    Oct 8, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Lane Kiffin, Matt Barkley

    It was an up-and-down weekend for Notre Dame opponents. A few big wins. A few shocking losses. And a few close shaves. Overall, the Irish schedule went 7-5 (including the Miami loss), with Michigan laying it on Purdue and Boston College loses in shocking fashion to Army. Let’s take a spin across the Notre Dame…