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  1. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    Irish Spartans

    After an eventful week for Notre Dame athletics, it’s finally time for the Irish to actually take the field and battle Michigan State. As usual, we’re here with the live blog. Notre Dame will have its chance to beat a top ten opponent for the first time in nine tries, with Brian Kelly battling Mark…

  2. Game Day: No. 20 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Michigan State

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT


    As always, we’ll be hosting the live blog here later tonight, but let’s roll through a few pressing questions as the Irish prepare to face the Spartans tonight in East Lansing. A win would give the Irish their first 3-0 start in a decade, and likely propel the Irish into the top 15 as they…

  3. Pregame six pack: Identity check for the Irish

    Sep 14, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT


    After holding serve with victories over Navy and Purdue, we’ll finally get an identity check on No. 20 Notre Dame, as they head to East Lansing for a battle with No. 10 Michigan State. The Irish are healthy after losing seven players during their hard-fought 20-17 victory. They’ll have their top two receiving threats back…

  4. IBG: Prepping for primetime

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT


    As we do every week in season, we’re rolling with the IBG. After a chaotic day on campus,’s Josh Flynt of the Strong and True blog answered my questions. Here goes. 1. Let’s get it out of the way — How excited are you about the move to the ACC? Taking football out of…

  5. Notre Dame coaches react to the ACC news

    Sep 13, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT


    We’ll keep the focus on football for the remainder of the week (as this is a Notre Dame football blog), but did great work yesterday, getting the reaction of just about all of Notre Dame’s coaches after the announcement of the move to the ACC broke. While most of the analysis by the media…

  6. Dantonio talks Irish

    Sep 13, 2012, 3:00 AM EDT

    Kelly Dantonio

    With all the commotion surrounding Notre Dame’s future move to the ACC, some people forgot the Irish are playing in one of the week’s premiere games, when No. 20 Notre Dame heads to No. 10 Michigan State. It’s the first time the teams are playing each other ranked in the top 20 and undefeated since…

  7. Swarbrick, Swofford talk Notre Dame to ACC

    Sep 12, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT


    Here’s a clip of Notre Dame’s Jack Swarbrick and ACC commissioner John Swofford talking about Notre Dame’s move to the ACC. UPDATE — Also added Brian Kelly’s reaction to the news as he spoke with NBC SportsTalk’s Erik Kuselias. ***

  8. Notre Dame to join ACC as football remains independent

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    In a move that’s long been speculated about, but never seemed imminent, Notre Dame has officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football. After being a member of the Big East since 1995, the Irish will now negotiate their exit from the conference. Only hockey, which is joining the Hockey East conference…

  9. And in that corner…The Michigan State Spartans

    Sep 12, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    Outback Bowl - Michigan State vs. Georgia

    After two straight games where the Irish were expected to win, No. 20 Notre Dame faces the first significant test of the 2012 season when they head to East Lansing as underdogs to take on No. 10 Michigan State. The Spartans are the early favorite in the Big Ten, winning an opening week showdown against…

  10. Tuesdays with BK: Bring on the Spartans

    Sep 11, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    Before Brian Kelly turned his focus to No. 10 Michigan State, the head coach succinctly wrapped up the Irish’s fairly unimpressive 20-17 victory over Purdue. “Collectively as a team, we did not play our best football,” Kelly said. “There’s a higher standard for the way we should play offensively, defensively. But again, I will tell…

  11. Opposition round-up: Week two

    Sep 10, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Le'Veon Bell

    Let’s take a stroll across the Irish schedule and see how their past and future opponents did in week two. NAVY — The Midshipmen had a week off before they head to Happy Valley this weekend to take on an 0-2 Penn State squad. Traditionally, this looked like one of those games that the Nittany…

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

    Sep 9, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Robert Maci, Joe Gilliam, Everett Golson

    Say this: Brian Kelly certainly gives you something to talk about. A week after spending most of the afternoon pounding the ball on the ground, the head coach needed to rely on the passing game to beat the scrappy Purdue Boilermakers. He also needed to dig deep into his bench, with seven regulars hurt during…

  13. Video Round-up: Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17

    Sep 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    A wild Saturday in college football saw four teams fall from the rankings — Arkansas, after an improbable overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe, Nebraska, after getting thumped by the upstart UCLA Bruins, the Big Ten champs Wisconsin, who got shut down by Oregon State, and Oklahoma State, who gave Rich Rodriguez a big upset victory that…

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17

    Sep 8, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    The short story out of South Bend is that No. 22 Notre Dame outlasted a scrappy Purdue team 20-17, with back-up kicker Kyle Brindza icing the game on a 27-yard field goal with just seven seconds left on the clock. The longer version? Well… it’s not quite that simple. With six minutes left in tight…

  15. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 8, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    With No. 22 Notre Dame ready to face off against Purdue, your favorite NBC Sports Inside the Irish blogger is ready to type 10,000 words while following the game. If you’ve made it this far, stick around and follow the game below. If you’re looking for a live feed of the game, you can watch…

  16. Game Day: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 8, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Irish offensive line

    After traversing the Atlantic Ocean to kick off the season, No. 22 Notre Dame woke up this morning in a familiar place, welcoming Purdue to Notre Dame Stadium for the 2012 home opener. A win will start the Irish off 2-0, taking quite a bit of momentum into a two-game stretch that’ll likely define the…

  17. Follow the Irish anywhere with NBC Sports Live Extra app

    Sep 7, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT


    With Notre Dame set to kickoff its home schedule tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET, I’ve received a few hundred emails and tweets from nervous Irish fans wondering how they’ll be able to watch the game if they’re away from their television. (Or in some places in the Southeast, if their local affiliate decided to show…

  18. Irish add OLB recruit Doug Randolph

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Doug Randolph

    Notre Dame appears to be building a pipeline into Woodberry Forest. With freshman CJ Prosise already on the roster and linebacker commit Greer Martini an early building block for the class of ’14, the Irish coaching staff accepted the commitment of linebacker Doug Randolph today, who announced his plan to sign with Notre Dame next…

  19. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Purdue

    Sep 7, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Akeem Hunt

    No doubt, expectations have been raised thanks to the Irish’s convincing victory over Navy. But one win is a data point. Two would make a trend. And over the past few years, the trend has never been a good one for Notre Dame. With a stout defensive line and strength in the secondary, quarterback Everett…

  20. IBG: Can the Irish keep the train rolling?

    Sep 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT


    I don’t think anybody expected the Irish to steamroll Navy for the second straight season. Behind the rock solid offensive line play and an impressive performance by Manti Te’o’s defense, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo called the Irish the best Notre Dame team he’d seen in 15 years. Nobody knows how to take advantage of momentum…