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  1. Rees takes charge as team’s identity comes into focus

    Sep 19, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Brian Kelly

    Saturday’s comeback victory against Purdue was keyed by a second half recovery after a slow start by both sides of the ball. And while it felt like a frustrating slog for most of the game, it didn’t feel like a great escape or death-defying act. And that’s a product of the team understanding what it…

  2. Michigan State mailbag

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    TJ Jones, Taylor Richards

    Another week, another mailbag. I’ve been enjoying the camaraderie in the comments section. It’s starting to feel like our big, dysfunction, happy family is starting to get along. Maybe 12-win regular seasons really help the spirits! As usual, I’ll do my best to answer your questions. Feel free to correct me in the comments (also…

  3. And in that corner… The Michigan State Spartans

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Tyler Hoover, Micajah Reynolds, Kurtis Drummond, Max Bullough

    Forever tied together because of their consecutive tenures at Cincinnati, Brian Kelly and Mark Dantonio are nonetheless polar opposites on the coaching spectrum. Dantonio’s teams embody the Big Ten archetype, built around a power offense and an aggressive defense. Kelly made his name at Cincinnati putting up points by the minute, spreading defenses out and…

  4. Mailbag Open: Michigan State week

    Sep 18, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    Mailbag

    Ask your questions below or on Twitter: @KeithArnoldNBC.  

  5. IBG: Sparty on!

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    It’s that time of week where we fly at 35,000 feet and get our weekly status report on the Irish Blogger Gathering. This week, I’m quizzing the godfather of the IBG, The Subway Domer. I asked him to sort out the running back situation, the Irish problems on defense, and hand out his letter grades…

  6. Blitzes and pressure a two-way street

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    If Stephon Tuitt was still wondering, life is more difficult being on everybody’s All-American list. A season after exploding onto the scene with 12 sacks during his breakout sophomore campaign, Tuitt has found out that it’s much tougher to impact games when he’s one of the main targets in an opponents scouting report. For those…

  7. Game within the game pits Irish offense against Narduzzi

    Sep 17, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Amir Carlisle

    After starting quickly against Temple, the Irish offense took some time to get started against Michigan and Purdue, with defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Greg Hudson getting their troops to play well early. That challenge will continue this weekend when the Irish face off against Pat Narduzzi, the architect of the blitzing, aggressive 4-3 scheme…

  8. Irish need to improve up the middle

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Whittingham, Kyle Friend, Louis Nix III

    A baseball team is often judged by its strength up the middle. Look at any great ball club and you’ll usually find a strong catcher behind the plate, a shortstop with range and a centerfielder that can run down just about anything. When you look at the uneven performance coming from the Irish football team…

  9. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 15, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    It was one bizarre Saturday of football, but in the end Notre Dame boarded the bus and headed back up Highway 31 with a 2-1 record, beating a game Purdue team that brought their best to the annual battle with the Irish. Let’s get down to business and take a look at the good, the…

  10. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24

    Sep 15, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Purdue

    For those hoping that Notre Dame would use Saturday night as a sparring session against an outmanned Purdue team, it took just 12 plays to know that this wouldn’t be a cakewalk. Dreams of getting freshmen playing time and defenders stats by the bushel came crashing to a halt as Purdue took it to the…

  11. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    For the second week in a row, Notre Dame will play in the national spotlight during a primetime game. While the lights won’t be quite as bright, the test is just as important — get back on the winning track against a Big Ten, rivalry opponent. As usual, we’ll be covering the proceedings, chatting along…

  12. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 14, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    Cam McDaniel

    Watching the start of many early games this Saturday, you see the collective hangover that’s wreaking havoc on a few highly touted Irish opponents. Michigan was down 10-7 to Akron in the third quarter, while Stanford was hanging tight to a 20-13 lead over Army around the same time. That’s college football, where as Brian…

  13. Pregame Six Pack: Boiler up

    Sep 13, 2013, 2:15 AM EDT

    US Presswire

    It may lack the wattage of last Saturday night’s primetime affair, but this weekend’s date with Purdue counts the same as the other eleven regular season games. With the Irish coming off a damaging defeat at the hands of Michigan that felt like a game that slipped away, Notre Dame will have a chance to…

  14. Mailbag: Purdue (and Michigan aftermath)

    Sep 12, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Jackson Russell

    Back-to-back undefeated regular seasons is dead. What’s there left to dream about? Oh, a BCS appearance? Another run back into the Top Ten? Wins over a schedule that’ll still be one of the toughest in the country? So there’s that. Let’s get onto the questions, which were a bit more prickly. @Okerland: Now that Reesus fell…

  15. Three-game series set with Louisville

    Sep 12, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Teddy Bridgewater

    As the ACC scheduling pact begins next season, news of new conference opponents starts trickling out. One team that’s set to start playing the Irish is Louisville, who will visit South Bend next season. While Notre Dame rarely comments on their upcoming schedules until they are set, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed the three…

  16. Purdue Mailbag: Now open

    Sep 11, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Mailbag

    Mailbag open! There are quite a few more questions to ask now then there were heading into last weekend. So ask them here, on Twitter, or however you’d like. Fire away.  

  17. And in that corner… The Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 11, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    PurdueDrum

    It’s the first of the rivalry trophy games for Notre Dame, with Purdue and the Irish set to battle for the Shillelagh Trophy. (Not to be confused with the Jeweled Shillelagh…) With a new head coach and a new program direction in West Lafeyette, the college football world will be getting their first close look…

  18. Hazell eager to take on Irish challenge

    Sep 11, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Darrell Hazell

    With a primetime start and a team that is still adapting to a new system, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell looks ready for his biggest challenge to date: A Notre Dame team that’s looking to rebound after a difficult loss to Michigan. In his weekly press conference, Hazell talked about some of the challenges his team…

  19. IBG: Moving forward to Purdue

    Sep 11, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    There’s no doubt the loss to Michigan still stings for Irish fans. But Brian Kelly’s squad has no choice but to move forward. If there was a common theme in the postgame comments from the players that spoke to the media, it’s that they’ve got 24 hours, and it’s on to Purdue. It might have…

  20. Irish turn the page to Purdue

    Sep 10, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Amir Carlisle

    It might not be as easy for fans, but with a football game this Saturday night in another hostile road environment, Brian Kelly and the Irish have turned the page on the loss to Michigan. The Irish, who slid to No. 21 in the polls while Michigan jumped to No. 11, will prepare for Darrell…