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  1. Kelly talks Ragone, Irish, Spartans

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Gary Gray Robert Blanton

    Brian Kelly ran down the state of the Irish football program, and the biggest headline of the presser was the loss of fifth-year senior Mike Ragone to an ACL tear. It’s horrible news for Ragone, who suffered his third major knee injuries in his football career — with an ACL tear as a high school…

  2. Irish turnovers are part of the process

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Kelly, Martin, Elston

    We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how badly the Irish’s turnovers have hurt them. Playing two quality opponents, the Irish have out-gained and out-played the team across from them, but 10 turnovers, in really in opportune times, have cost Notre Dame two football games. “I really believe that you haven’t won a game…

  3. Kelly talks Michigan

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:07 AM EDT

    If you’re looking for a full post-mortem, head over to UND.com and watch 24 minutes of it. If all you can take is a little sliver, here you go:

  4. What though the odds

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Michigan State

    Notre Dame sits at 0-2. Michigan State, ranked 15th in this week’s USA Today and AP Poll, is 2-0. Then why would Las Vegas have the Irish opening as a 3.5 point favorite, only to see the spread extend up to five and even six points in some places? Could it be possible that the…

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

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    Gary Gray

    Yep, that still happened. Less than twenty-four hours after Notre Dame lost in remarkable fashion to Michigan 35-31, it’s back to the drawing board for the Irish as they look to rebound against a Michigan State team that’s better than either of the first two opponents on paper. Of course, the Irish look plenty good…

  6. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 11, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Harrison Smith Michigan

    After a while, it begins to defy explanation. That is the story of Michigan’s incredible 35-31 comeback victory versus Notre Dame. In front of a record 114,804 screaming fans, the Irish did everything they could to spring Denard Robinson‘s heroics, and Michigan’s quarterback happily obliged, throwing two touchdown passes in the final 1:12 of the…

  7. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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    While home games have the live blog living in a new home, away games let us go back to the basics and have a good ol’ fashion Cover-it-Live blog. For the third time, we’ll live-blog the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game. The last two ended in heart-stopping fashion for the Irish, with Tate Forcier and…

  8. ND vs. UM: Final questions with Michael Rothstein

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    It’s not just another Saturday. It’s Notre Dame-Michigan Saturday, with both fans waiting about four hours longer than they’re used to for this game, now kicking off under the lights of Michigan Stadium. With early photos streaming in on Twitter from ESPN’s College GameDay set, tonight has all the ingredients to be one for the ages…

  9. Pregame Six Pack: Late night with Michigan

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    So Lucy pulled the football out from under us last Saturday, adding a measure of cruelty to the loss that was incredibly difficult to see coming. (Unfortunately, part of me saw it coming.) With a painful first L in the opening ledger of the season, Notre Dame must turn the page to a team that’s…

  10. IBG: Turning the page to Michigan

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    Denard Robinson Manti Te'o

    As an 18-year-old freshman, I had no idea just what my first big-time college football game would be like. Sure, I had sat in a half-empty Metrodome once or twice, watching the hometown Gophers take one on the chin to a team like Houston or Purdue, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the absolute pandemonium…

  11. Mattison has seen both sides of the UM-ND rivalry

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Greg Mattison

    Saturday isn’t just another game for Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. “I know it’s a huge rivalry for everybody involved in it,” Mattison said. “It’s Michigan. It’s Notre Dame.” He knows because he’s spent eight years on the opposite sideline, coordinating the Irish defense under Bob Davie and then staying on staff under Tyrone Willingham…

  12. And in that corner… The Michigan Wolverines

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

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    After a heart-breaking loss to South Florida, Notre Dame heads into the belly of the beast to take on Michigan, hoping to vanquish the demons of two consecutive last minute losses at the hands of Michigan quarterbacks. Two years ago, it was freshman phenom Tate Forcier who led the Wolverines past the Irish, completing a…

  13. Crist vs. Rees: Breaking down Tommy’s throws

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly named Tommy Rees the starting quarterback for Saturday against Michigan. It was a decision that made plenty of sense from a production point of view — Rees went 24 of 34 for 296 yards in the second half, when everyone in the stadium knew Rees would be passing to catch up, in conditions…

  14. Tuesdays with BK: Michigan edition

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

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    We already covered the big news of the day, with Notre Dame shifting gears and going with Tommy Rees as the starter against Michigan Saturday night. If there’s one quote that encapsulates the decision, here it is: “You got to be productive,” Kelly said. “If you’re not, you should be looking over your shoulder. If…

  15. Kelly names Tommy Rees starter against Michigan

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    Just a few days after relieving Dayne Crist at halftime and throwing for 296 yards in the second half, sophomore Tommy Rees was named starting quarterback against Michigan by head coach Brian Kelly. “We’re going to start Tommy Rees against Michigan,” Kelly said. “As we had talked about relative to Dayne, we talked about production.…

  16. Crist vs. Rees: Breaking down all of Dayne’s throws

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    One week into the season, if you looked at the NCAA leaderboard, you’d say Brian Kelly‘s team is making the strides you’d expect from a program expecting big things this year. – Fifth in passing offense  with 391 yards — 15th in total offense, with 508 yards. — 25th in total defense, allowing only 254 yards —…

  17. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. USF

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    In the end, the final score is all that matters. South Florida 23, Notre Dame 20. But the Cliff Notes version of this game wouldn’t begin to tell the whole story, and while there’s plenty of bellyaching around ND Nation today, there’s only one single-sentence argument that I’ll listen to if you’re pinning this game…

  18. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. South Florida

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:11 AM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — There are statistics. Then there are statistics that matter. Statistics: 508 yards of total offense. 391 passing yards. Cierre Wood — 21 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. Michael Floyd — 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Statistics that matter: Turnovers — Notre Dame 5, South Florida 0.…

  19. Severe storms and lightning delay ND-USF at half

    Sep 3, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

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    More than a few snarky fans have called it Divine Intervention. But with the Irish trailing at halftime 16-0, the football game has been delayed due to severe thunder and lightning storms rolling through the South Bend area. In a bizarre scene, the entire stadium has been cleared, with fans being evacuated and put into…

  20. ND vs. USF: Final questions with Greg Auman

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Skip Holtz USF

    With kickoff just a few short hours away, I had a chance to catch up with Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times and get the scoop. Greg’s been covering the USF Bulls since 2004, so he’s got the beat covered better than anyone. If you’re looking to get some final cramming on USF so…