Nov 15, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT
Apologies to Van Morrison’s mother. There didn’t have to be days like this.
Notre Dame’s overtime 43-40 loss to Northwestern Saturday is a game that defies explanation. Turnovers. Mistakes. Coaching blunders. They all add up to the worst Saturday Brian Kelly has ever had at Notre Dame Stadium, and perhaps one of the worst defeats in his 20-plus year coaching career.
Nov 15, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
After a long time away from South Bend, the Irish finally return home to Notre Dame Stadium. Met by Northwestern, the Irish have a chance to get back to their winning ways, against a Wildcat team that’s 3-6 and struggling in a less-than-stellar Big Ten.
Nov 15, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT
It’s game day in snowy South Bend. For those of you not enjoying things from the “cozy” confines of Notre Dame Stadium, you can catch all the action, as usual, on NBC, with a pregame show starting at 3:00 p.m. ET and kickoff coming at 3:30.
Nov 15, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT
Nothing like a difficult loss to rankle the soul of an Irish fan. And while I smartly steered clear of the comments, it doesn’t look like too many of you did. For a football fan, you can dwell on struggles and turnovers and other mistakes for weeks and weeks. For a football team? It’s on to the next one.
Nov 14, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT
It’s a winter wonderland in South Bend. As an early snow covers the Midwest before the middle of November, it’s a wonderful reminder that FieldTurf has been installed in Notre Dame Stadium, allowing Saturday afternoon’s game to look more like football than broomball, as it has in the past.
Nov 13, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT
Heading into the season, questions surrounded Notre Dame’s defense. With key starters gone at every position, the strength of Brian Kelly’s previous four teams would need to replace a cast of characters that played a lot of really good football.
Nov 12, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT
Drop the questions below. Or on Twitter @KeithArnold.
Nov 12, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT
Coming off a difficult and frustrating loss to Arizona State, Notre Dame welcomes Northwestern to town, a second opportunity at an eighth victory. For as difficult as last Saturday was for Irish fans, it’s been wash, rinse and repeat for those following the Wildcats this year. Lake the Posts gets us prepared for this weekend, getting us up to speed on the misery that’s overtaken Evanston lately.
Nov 11, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
Notre Dame’s playoff hopes are dead. But the Irish are not. Head coach Brian Kelly met with the media on Tuesday for his weekly press conference, reminding everybody that there are still three very important games on the schedule.
Nov 10, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT
Give Brian Kelly credit. He found an appropriate nickname for the egg the Irish laid Saturday afternoon, dubbing it, “The Debacle in the Desert” during his Sunday post mortem teleconference. That game shook the core of the Irish, with Everett Golson’s five-turnover afternoon ending Notre Dame’s playoff chances in a first half from hell.
Nov 8, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT
While countless variables exist on every single snap in football, there are still a few universal truths that govern the game. Notre Dame found that out the hard way, as five turnovers and an inability to protect the quarterback flushed the Irish’s College Football Playoff chances down the toilet.
Nov 8, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
Join us for the live blog during the Notre Dame-Arizona State game.
Nov 7, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
With an early flight to Phoenix and a kickoff at a little after 1 p.m. local time, let’s hammer out a Friday evening mailbag. Some interesting questions that I hope delivered some satisfactory answers.
Nov 7, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT
Notre Dame senior safety Eilar Hardy has been cleared for competition by the NCAA, opening the door for him to play this weekend against Arizona State. Hardy was one of five Irish football players held out of action after an academic investigation ultimately cost DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams their seasons.
Nov 7, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT
A tumbleweed blows by. Dust kicks up. Todd Graham saunters into the foreground, space-aged headset just off his cheek. Brian Kelly steps out from behind a saloon door. No, this isn’t the O.K. Corral, but Saturday’s (just after) high-noon showdown certainly has some drama baked into it.
Nov 6, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT
From the moment Nyles Morgan signed his letter-of-intent with Notre Dame, most saw him as the team’s future at middle linebacker. An early pick by most experts to be one of the first freshmen to play, Morgan’s ascent into the starting lineup is one we all saw coming, but yet surprised us just the same.
Nov 5, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT
Send in any questions below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.
Nov 5, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT
As we enter the second week in the ridiculous, made-for-TV selection committee rankings for the College Football Playoff, a few things have been made clear.
Nov 5, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT
With the College Football Playoff’s selection committee deeming this a Top 10 matchup, Notre Dame travels to Tempe for its best opportunity at impressing the voters. As a narrow underdog to Todd Graham’s Sun Devils, the Irish are facing a stiff test against an Arizona State team with an improving defense and growing confidence.
Nov 4, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
Brian Kelly met with the local media on Tuesday to discuss Notre Dame’s trip to Tempe this weekend. And the battle with Arizona State certainly has Brian Kelly’s attention.
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