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  1. 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…

  2. Oklahoma Mailbag: Now Open

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT


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  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Mailbag Open: Michigan State week

    Sep 18, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT


    Ask your questions below or on Twitter: @KeithArnoldNBC.  

  17. IBG: Sparty on!

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT


    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…