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  1. IBG: Bring on MICHIGAN! (Loud Noises!)

    Sep 5, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT


    Quite a week. A rivalry that’s not a rivalry brought out some original storytellers, and added even more focus to a football game that looks like it could be a great one. We’ll break down some match-ups that are worth watching as we lead up to the game, but now’s the time for our weekly…

  2. Michigan Mailbag: Now open

    Sep 4, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT


    Like we did last week, we’re accepting mailbag questions for tomorrow. If you’ve got any pressing questions, ideally pertaining to Michigan this weekend, feel free to put them in the comments, send them to me via Twitter, or send them via email. Far be it from me to tell anybody that they need to be…

  3. And in that corner…The Michigan Wolverines

    Sep 4, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    Central Michigan v Michigan

    Whatever we’re calling the Michigan-Notre Dame game, it’s immensely important. Not just for the fans, but for the trajectory of each team’s season. For the Irish, Saturday night’s battle in the Big House kicks off a tough five game stretch that has the Irish facing three straight Big Ten teams to go along with Oklahoma…

  4. Mattison holds keys to Wolverine defense

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison

    If there’s a benefit of Notre Dame and Michigan taking a break after next season, it’s that Greg Mattison doesn’t have to answer the same questions year after year. The Michigan defensive coordinator, who held the same position at Notre Dame for a portion of his eight-year run in South Bend, clearly understands what this…

  5. Objectives cut and dry for both teams

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Central Michigan v Michigan

    Football is a game of numbers. And it’s not hard to look at a few of them and understand the difference between winning and losing. When you check the stat sheet from last year’s 13-6 game, the Irish held Michigan’s offense to just 299 yards while forcing a whopping six turnovers in a hard-earned victory.…

  6. Rivalry-gate: Where were you during these fictional games?

    Sep 3, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT


    It’s not news, but it’s certainly funny. Brian Kelly did his best to clear the after after his rivalry comments got people all over the place hot and bothered. Opening his weekly Tuesday press conference, Kelly laid it on pretty think when talking about the match-up “It’s a great and historic rivalry that we’ll be…

  7. Pistol formation paying early dividends

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

    Amir Carlisle, Tommy Rees

    After doing his best to keep the formation out of the limelight, Notre Dame opened up in the pistol formation, putting to bed Brian Kelly‘s worst kept secret of the offseason. On the Irish’s first play from scrimmage on the season, Tommy Rees started in the short shotgun and running back Amir Carlisle lined up…

  8. Trick Shot Monday returns

    Sep 2, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Trick Shot Monday

    Notre Dame’s unlikeliest tradition returns, with Trick Shot Monday up and posted for Michigan week. It’s pretty tough to add analysis to a group of guys attempting beer pong trick shots, but it’s good to see Danny Spond with the team and participating. Congrats to freshman John Montelus for making the header. The mammoth freshman…

  9. Rivalry or no rivalry… it’s still a big deal

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Kelly Hoke

    It’s Michigan Week. For Irish fans, these seven days come with an extra chip on their shoulders, with the hated Wolverines winning five of the last seven games against Notre Dame, nearly all of them in unreasonably cruel fashion. For Michigan fans, it’s an early season opportunity for the Winningest College Football Program to ruin…

  10. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Temple

    Sep 1, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Temple v Notre Dame

    Before we officially turn the focus to Michigan, let’s burn out the DVR and take a much closer look at yesterday’s game. While we can expect to see quite a few different wrinkles next week against Michigan, let’s roll out our first good, bad and ugly of the season. THE GOOD Getting off to a…

  11. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 28, Temple 6

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

    Temple v Notre Dame

    The game ball for head coach Brian Kelly’s 200th career victory will likely find a place on the bookshelf. But there wasn’t much memorable about the Irish’s 28-6 win over Temple. But on a day where the Irish put up 543 yards of offense and managed to get ten freshmen their first taste of college…

  12. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Temple

    Aug 31, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    Welcome back to the Live Blog. Notre Dame welcomes Temple to South Bend for the first time, with the Irish and the Owls set to kick off the season in Notre Dame stadium. For the Irish, it’s an opportunity to play an opponent that’s rebuilding and coming off a four-win season before they head to…

  13. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Aug 31, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Atkinson III jumps into the arms of teammate Martin after a touchdown against Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana

    With the Irish set to start the season, here are a few final thoughts before kickoff. * What makes a good season? Listening to Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN College GameDay this morning, you hear a familiar echo of what was being said this time last year. With Notre Dame’s schedule, a great…

  14. Game Day is here

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    With the No. 14 Fighting Irish set to kickoff the season at 3:30pm ET, there are a whole bunch of options for you to follow along with the game this afternoon. Let’s go through some of your options. * Watch the national broadcast of the Irish vs. Temple on NBC. That now includes a 30-minute…

  15. Offseason cheat sheet: Defensive backs

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    When Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame program, he was tasked with not just rebuilding the secondary, but reloading it. While he was lucky to inherit a front line of talented players, he was left with a depth chart that was frighteningly thin. No position better illustrated that than safety. When Jamoris Slaughter was injured…

  16. Offseason cheat sheet: Linebackers

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT


    While the linebacking corps might be best known for the player that departed, the Irish should be very strong both inside and out even without All-American Manti Te’o roaming the field. Head coach Brian Kelly has talked quite a bit about the type of teammate and leader the Irish need to replace in Te’o, but…

  17. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on the Owls

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    Thirty-three weeks. Two hundred thirty-six days. Five thousand, six hundred sixty-four hours. Three hundred thirty-nine thousand eight hundred forty minutes. Twenty million, three hundred ninety thousand, four hundred seconds. No, those aren’t alternative lyrics to the Rent soundtrack, but rather how long the Irish have had to have the awful taste of defeat in their mouths.…

  18. Mailbag: Season kickoff edition

    Aug 29, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    Welcome to the Mailbag. Consider this a new weekly forum where I try to get to the questions you all inevitably ask me (or each other) in the comments or on Twitter, but have a hard time getting to in the weekly flow of things. With the season set to kickoff, you could also consider…

  19. Offseason cheat sheet: Defensive line

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

    Tuitt Nix

    My how things have changed. Once a position group that was the bane of Notre Dame fans’ existence, the defensive line has powered the renaissance Brian Kelly has orchestrated. That being said, this group isn’t without some setbacks. Two players that looked like key reserves on the line, Chase Hounshell and Tony Springmann, are lost…

  20. Thursday Mailbag: Open for questions

    Aug 28, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT


    A quick break in our regularly scheduled Week One coverage… Tomorrow debuts a new weekly mailbag feature. I’ll be taking your questions via Twitter, in the comments below, or in the email box. (It isn’t hard to find me via email, but there’s a FEEDBACK button on the right side of the window.) Keeping the…