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  1. Depth chart adds to special teams challenges

    Oct 23, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Atkinson 3

    I’m still processing the thirty-plus minutes Brian Kelly dedicated to the big game this Saturday during his weekly press conference, but I’m glad that the Irish special teams came up. As mentioned in the past few days, the Irish special teams have been a big disappointment this year. With blue-chip freshman Davonte Neal handling punt…

  2. The spotlight is back on Golson

    Oct 22, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    When Brian Kelly meets with the media tomorrow, we expect to hear that quarterback Everett Golson is cleared and ready for Oklahoma. The sophomore quarterback, who left the Stanford game after taking a helmet-to-helmet blow, sat out Saturday for precautionary reasons, leaving the Irish offense to Tommy Rees (and a sprinkle of Andrew Hendrix) as…

  3. In case you didn’t know: This one is personal for OU fans

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT


    It’s fair to say that Oklahoma isn’t looking at this weekend’s game with Notre Dame as just another Saturday on the calendar. “Probably the most anticipated game here since 2000, when Nebraska came in here ranked No. 1 in the country and we were No. 2,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. “It was a…

  4. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

    BYU v Notre Dame

    It was a Saturday devoid of style points for No. 5 Notre Dame, who got a victory without playing their best yesterday. On a weekend where the rest of the top five all rolled to easy victories, the Irish slugged it out against BYU, needed to come back from down a touchdown to win in…

  5. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

    Oct 20, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Theo Riddick

    From the sounds of it, you’d have thought Notre Dame’s football team beat BYU while keeping an eye on Twitter, Facebook and message boards. The same social media and white noise that Brian Kelly warned his team about all week was tough on the No. 5 team in the country after a hard fought 17-14…

  6. Snap judgments: Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

    Oct 20, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Joe Sampson, Theo Riddick

    Perhaps it was the most elaborate trap ever set. Convinced there was nothing to worry about after discussing a potential trap game all week, the No. 5 Fighting Irish fell into one anyway. Looking sloppy throughout the game’s first 30 minutes before scoring the only 10 points of the second half, Notre Dame escaped against…

  7. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Oct 20, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    TJ Jones

    Another Saturday, another big game for the Fighting Irish. And as usual, we’ve got every angle of this game covered. For those of you that want to chat during the game, see below for the live blog. Standard live-blog protocol applies, and as we’ve done the past few weeks, the guys at The Observer will…

  8. Game Day: No. 5 Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Oct 20, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees

    With No. 5 Notre Dame preparing to take on BYU in a few hours, let’s empty the notebook and discuss a few last minute thoughts and questions I still have. At this point, I’d be shocked if Tommy Rees doesn’t start. I’m not calling my shot, but I expect No. 11 to be behind center…

  9. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on BYU

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:56 AM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    Leave it to Brian Kelly to spice up a week without an obvious storyline. With Everett Golson recovering from a mild concussion suffered last Saturday against Stanford, Kelly announced he’d be making a game-time decision on his starting quarterback. Even better, he wouldn’t narrow things down between three candidates, the incumbent starter Golson, who didn’t…

  10. IBG: Halfway home

    Oct 18, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT


    At long last, it’s finally an interesting fall for Irish fans. Thanks to an unblemished first half of the season, Notre Dame is in the national conversation, not to mention the hunt for the BCS. After an excellent victory over Stanford, people have started drawing conclusions. Bowl eligibility? Check. Inside track to a BCS bowl?…

  11. For the legend of Te’o, awards don’t matter

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    Whether or not Manti Te’o ends up a Heisman Trophy candidate is hardly the point. But you can’t blame many of us looking for ways to quantify the senior linebacker’s greatness, both on and off the field. At a position where stats only tell part of the story of a player’s dominance, midseason All-American nominations,…

  12. Cleared to practice, Golson needs to elevate his game

    Oct 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    As expected, Everett Golson passed the final portion of concussion testing, clearing him to play this Saturday against BYU. Now, the sophomore quarterback needs to make the strides on the field to reward Brian Kelly’s faith in him. Golson’s first season has been like many other rookie debuts: a work in progress. As the Irish…

  13. And in that corner… The BYU Cougars

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Riley Nelson

    There is no preordained headline for Notre Dame’s battle this Saturday against BYU. It won’t be in a historic location or against a natural rivalry. ESPN won’t be staked out in front of the library. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a critical Saturday for the Irish. With BYU heading to South Bend, two independent…

  14. Tuesdays with BK: Onward to BYU

    Oct 16, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly spent over 45-minutes talking to the media today, getting everybody up to speed on Everett Golson’s recovery from a mild concussion to prepping his team for BYU, which many people are calling a trap game. There’s plenty of good stuff in here, so I’ll link to the video if you’ve got some time…

  15. Opposition round-up: Week seven

    Oct 16, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Texas v Oklahoma

    Oklahoma stepped forward while Purdue and Michigan State stepped backwards. Oklahoma’s offense looked to be in peak form while USC’s defense did the job against Washington. As the season continues, the Irish schedule continues to come into focus. Let’s take a look at how Notre Dame’s opponents did over the weekend. *** NAVY — A…

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

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    The polls and rankings are out. For the first time in a long time, Notre Dame is in the country’s top five teams, checking in at No. 5 in the BCS rankings, the AP Poll, and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. With their third victory against a top 25 opponents, the Irish now shift their…

  17. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13

    Oct 13, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    Torrential rains. Phantom whistles. Heroic quarterbacking. And an epic (and disputed) goal line stand. Notre Dame’s 20-13 victory over Stanford played out like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, with 80,795 soaked fans waiting for what seemed like eternity while replay officials decided whether or not Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor was stopped short of the goal…

  18. Snap Judgments: Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13

    Oct 13, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT


    It may not have been pretty, but it was a classic finish for the Fighting Irish defense. With Stanford having 1st and Goal at the 3, the Cardinal got the ball to within a foot of the goal line with two plays to get it in. But the Irish defense wasn’t about to give up…

  19. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Oct 13, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The skies opened up around 2 p.m., adding another wrinkle to a game filled with interesting subplots. While the hardest rain seems to be behind us, the Irish and the Cardinal will not just battle each other, they’ll battle the elements. As usual, a Notre Dame home game will give you…

  20. Game Day: No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 Stanford

    Oct 13, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan State

    You’ll have to forgive me if my crystal ball seems a little cloudy this morning. I could blame the cobwebs from a long night of travel. But it’s getting a handle on what kind of team No. 17 Stanford is that I’m struggling with. While the Cardinal have one of the country’s most impressive victories…