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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Purdue Mailbag: Now open

    Sep 11, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT


    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.  

  11. And in that corner… The Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 11, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT


    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…

  12. 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…

  13. IBG: Moving forward to Purdue

    Sep 11, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT


    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…

  14. 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…

  15. Red zone woes need fixing on both sides of the ball

    Sep 9, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan

    After playing twelve sterling games where just about no offense could crack Notre Dame defense’s red zone code, it’s been an ugly stretch for Bob Diaco’s troops. First, Alabama bludgeoned them inside the 20 in the BCS Championship game, turning all five of their appearances into touchdowns. Now Michigan has done just about the same,…

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

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan

    Last season, every Saturday ended with the Victory March. While it wasn’t always pretty, the Irish found a way to win, even when out-gained, and sometimes out-played. Breaking in a young quarterback, reinventing an offense, and relying on a defense that played historically stingy, it was a season to remember. Saturday night reminded us that…

  17. Five things we learned: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30

    Sep 8, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It turns out Notre Dame’s quarterback nightmares didn’t end when Denard Robinson graduated. With the shoelace-less wonder gone to the NFL, redshirt junior Devin Gardner took his turn terrorizing the Irish, with the quarterback putting on a performance for the ages in Michigan’s 41-30 victory. Gardner passed for 294 yards and…

  18. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 7, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    Back under the lights again in Ann Arbor, Notre Dame will look to make their final visit to the Big House a memorable one. With Tommy Rees piloting the offense again, the defense will trade Denard Robinson for Devin Gardner, the former maybe a little less dangerous with his feet, but a far better thrower.…

  19. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Louis Nix III

    Ann Arbor is abuzz with tailgates set and thousands migrating towards the Big House. In a game and grudge match that feels mighty personal, let’s run through some final thoughts before kickoff. At this point, we’ve beaten some of the match-ups to death, so here are ten key players that need to step up for…

  20. Pregame Six Pack: War with the Wolverines

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT


    An all important snapshot will be taken of Brian Kelly’s football program on Saturday night. Tasked with their first big challenge of the season, we’ll see how quickly the Irish have turned the page from their historic ’12 season, building on the sizable momentum the program has quietly established over the past two-plus years. Nobody…