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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Oklahoma Mailbag: Now Open

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT


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  9. And in that corner… The Oklahoma Sooners

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Tulsa  v Oklahoma

    Oklahoma heads to South Bend for the first time since Bob Stoops’ debut season in Norman this weekend. A year after losing to Notre Dame in the comfy confines of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Sooners head to South Bend hoping to return the favor, with a prestige non-conference victory likely bringing some luster back…

  10. Irish face stiffest test thus far in Sooner skill players

    Sep 24, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    *** A coach’s weekly pressure conference is usually an exercise in platitudes. But as Brian Kelly took to the podium to discuss the Oklahoma Sooners, it wasn’t hard to hear the genuine respect in his voice, especially when talking about the offense Bob Stoops’ team brings to town. “We’re going against an extremely skilled and…

  11. Irish offense needs to win first down

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    We’ve focused quite a bit on the struggles Notre Dame had last week on third down and short. But after analyzing the last four games, the Irish’s production on first down has probably been the most been hit or miss part of the offense thus far. A deep dig into the first third of the…

  12. Irish set to welcome the Belldozer to town

    Sep 23, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Tulsa  v Oklahoma

    It took until the end of October for Notre Dame to finally surrender a rushing touchdown last season. And that was only after Blake Bell and the vaunted Oklahoma Belldozer package had multiple cracks at it in the Notre Dame red zone. Bell may have found pay dirt against a historically stingy Irish defense, but…

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

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Matthias Farley, Bennie Fowler

    Upon second inspection, Notre Dame’s win over Michigan State doesn’t look much prettier. But the result is all that counts for Brian Kelly’s team, who need to quickly turn the page and prepare for the Oklahoma Sooners, coming to town with revenge on their mind. At 3-1, the Irish sit at No. 22 in both…

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly told us all week that he was expecting an ugly, hard-nosed football game. But even the biggest fan of a defensive battle had a tough time watching Notre Dame and Michigan State’s defenses beat up on the opposition, with neither team able to gain 300 yards of total offense. Even with eight penalties,…

  15. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    TJ Jones

    There’s perfect football weather in South Bend on this last day of summer. Notre Dame and Michigan State, two teams that have been playing each other since 1897, are set to square off for the 77th time, battling for the Megaphone Trophy. As usual, you’ll have plenty of options to watch and follow along. A…

  16. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    After two Saturdays away from the friendly confines of Notre Dame Stadium, the Irish are back home and playing their third consecutive Big Ten opponent. The Michigan State Spartans have climbed into the bottom of the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll on the strength of their defense, a unit that’s statistically at the top…

  17. Pregame Six Pack: Streaking into the Spartans

    Sep 20, 2013, 2:29 AM EDT

    MSU Irish

    In an era where spread offenses and up-tempo attacks seem to have taken over college football, the 77th meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan State probably looks a lot like a game played a generation ago. “You might as well just play it in the parking lot,” Kelly cracked earlier this week. “It’s a fight.…

  18. Badger granted immediately eligibility at BYU

    Sep 19, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    Chris Badger

    Even though he practiced with Notre Dame during fall camp, Chris Badger will be suiting up for BYU this season, the NCAA decided. Badger was granted immediate eligibility today and will suit up for the Cougars against in-state rival Utah this weekend. Badger was a redshirt safety for the Irish last season, not seeing the…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…