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  1. It’s official: Irish punch ticket to championship

    Nov 24, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Notre Dame's Theo Riddick celebrates after scoring a touchdown against USC during their NCAA college football game in Los Angeles

    That’s it. Notre Dame is going to the national championship. No really. Notre Dame is going to the national championship. It wasn’t pretty, but thanks to a hard-nosed effort by Theo Riddick and a gutty performance by Everett Golson, the Irish survived multiple scares by the Trojans and a vallant effort by redshirt freshman Max…

  2. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 24, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    LOS ANGELES — We are finally there. On an unseasonably warm November evening, the No. 1 Fighting Irish prepare to take on USC, battling their rivals for the right to head to Miami for the national championship game. Stories like this one usually write themselves. But we’ll still be here keeping you up to speed…

  3. Game Day: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Notre Dame USC

    The Irish have invaded Southern California. A biennial pilgrimage that usually doubles as a short vacation for Midwesterners looking for one last long weekend of sun before winter, there’s a different feel to this year’s game, and for good reason. Notre Dame is playing for its shot in the national title game. As usual, we’ll…

  4. Pregame Six Pack: The final battle

    Nov 23, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

    Irish linebacker Te'o follows the play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    On Friday afternoon, Notre Dame will board a plane for Los Angeles. By the time they leave, they’ll know if they’ve punched their ticket to Miami, awaiting a challenger in the national championship game. After three months of twists and turns, the No. 1 Fighting Irish take on Southern Cal in the country’s greatest intersectional…

  5. Why I’m Thankful: Notre Dame and its magical season

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Thanksgiving Day. A time for the Macy’s parade, a day of football, too much turkey, and corny columns from writers everywhere. But in the midst of a historic season, some stories absolutely have to be written, even with family, football, and food waiting. As the Irish gather at their coaches’ homes for holiday meals before…

  6. IBG: All that’s left are the Trojans

    Nov 22, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Hope we can all spend a little time with our families before the entire focus turns to the big game this weekend. Until then, I tried to throw my best at the Subway Domer for this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering, and he stepped up and took on all comers, not unlike a…

  7. Marqise Lee talks match-up with Notre Dame

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Arizona State v USC

    USC’s No. 1 weapon, wide receiver Marqise Lee, went on the air with Russ Thaler on SportsTalk today, talking about the big game this weekend, Max Wittek’s “guarantee,” and what a victory over No. 1 Notre Dame would mean for the Trojans. ***

  8. Notre Dame: “The best SEC team in the country”

    Nov 21, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    Notre Dame isn’t just in control of its own destiny this weekend, it’s in control of the entire college football world. A Notre Dame victory on Saturday guarantees that the Irish will find its way into the national title game. Everybody else — with Alabama having the inside track — will have to fight for…

  9. And in that corner… The Southern California Trojans

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    Well folks, it doesn’t get any bigger than this one. With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s Notre Dame’s biennial trip to Los Angeles, with this showdown in the Coliseum meaning more than any other in recent memory for the Irish. As we’ve discussed (and will continue to discuss for the next few days), Trojan’s quarterback Matt…

  10. Tuesdays with BK: One more time

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    As Brian Kelly, the head coach of the No. 1 ranked team in the country, stood at the podium for his final game week press conference of the season, he was candid when he spoke of Notre Dame’s rivalry with Southern Cal. Frankly, it hasn’t been much of one. “Well, it’s not a great rivalry…

  11. Max Wittek: “We’re going to win this ballgame”

    Nov 20, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Colorado v USC

    With senior quarterback Matt Barkley on the sidelines for Saturday’s game, the Trojans will turn to redshirt freshman Max Wittek to pilot their high-powered offense. Having appeared in only three games in his USC career, Wittek is far from a proven commodity. But that hasn’t stopped the young quarterback from calling his shot. “We’re going…

  12. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Irish running back Wood runs for a 68 yard touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half of their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    At this point, it’s probably best to give up looking for a bad and an ugly from the weekend that was. Between the Irish’s demolition of Wake Forest, senior day festivities, and losses by both Kansas State and Oregon, there hasn’t been a better autumn Saturday in South Bend in quite some time. With the…

  13. Shoulder injury knocks Matt Barkley out for Saturday

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    Perhaps Irish fans shouldn’t be too heartbroken about losing out on Anthony Barr. Once a highly touted prep prospect looking at Notre Dame, the son of former Irish great Tony Brooks seemed destined to follow his dad’s footsteps, but decided to play closer to home, committing to Rick Neuheisel and UCLA, where he spent his…

  14. It’s official: Notre Dame is No. 1

    Nov 18, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

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    After the craziest night of football in five years, both the Associated Press and the Coaches poll have made it official: Notre Dame is No. 1. The Irish were a unanimous choice top the AP Top 25, garnering all 60 first place votes. Rounding out the top five are Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon.…

  15. Notre Dame is No. 1 (But the system is absolutely broken)

    Nov 18, 2012, 1:35 AM EDT

    Kansas St Baylor Football

    As it tends to happen in November, college football threw its fans a curveball and toppled the country’s top two teams, all but flipping the world on its head with just one week to go in the regular season. A week after an impregnable Alabama team fell to Texas A&M, the top two teams in…

  16. Five things we learned: No. 3 Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0

    Nov 17, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Wake Forest v Notre Dame

    For a long time 38-0 signified the gap between Notre Dame and college football’s elite programs. In 2003, Michigan embarrassed the Irish, a top five team proving skeptics right that 2002 was a fluke as the Wolverines pounded the Irish, holding Notre Dame to just seven first downs and 140 yards. “They came at us…

  17. Snap Judgments: Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0

    Nov 17, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Wake Forest v Notre Dame

    The Gatorade bath sincerely surprised Brian Kelly, distracted by Robby Toma until a few chilly gallons of hydration poured down on the Irish head coach’s head in celebration of an undefeated home schedule. In Notre Dame’s 38-0 victory, a game that was all but decided by the game’s tenth minute, the Irish celebrated the team’s…

  18. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 17, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Te'o Captain

    It’s our final home game of the season. A year after autumn felt like it took an eternity, this season has flown by. Excruciating losses in gut-wrenching fashion tend to do that to you, and while there has been some heart-stopping theater this season as well, piling up wins seems to make the weeks go…

  19. Game Day: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    It’ll be an emotional afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium this afternoon, when 83,000 fans thank a senior class for its time in South Bend. But there’s also a football game to play, and that’s been quite the ignored subplot for a team that’s trying to exit Notre Dame Stadium at 11-0 for the first time…

  20. The Observer honors the senior class

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    NCAA Football: Michigan at Notre Dame

    With the final home game of the season upon us, the pregame festivities tomorrow afternoon will honor the 29 seniors set to graduate at the end of the school year. For most, it’ll be their last game at Notre Dame Stadium. For all, it’ll be a tremendous moment, especially considering the ups-and-downs this class has…