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  1. Tuesdays with BK: Wolverines!

    Sep 18, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT


    Brian Kelly met with the media this afternoon to discuss the Irish’s preparation for Michigan, a game that’s likely been circled on the calendar for every member of ND Nation since last year’s late-game implosion. With a primetime start and two nationally ranked teams, there’s a lot at stake. Yet don’t tell  Kelly that there’s…

  2. Opposition round-up: Week three

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    USC v Stanford

    Let’s take a quick jog through the Irish schedule and see how Notre Dame’s past and future opponents did in week three. NAVY — It looks like it might be another tough season in Annapolis, with Ken Niumatalolo’s squad turning the ball over four times against Penn State to give Bill O’Brien his first win.…

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

    Sep 16, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    A big win for Notre Dame doesn’t mean they’re back. But the dominating victory sure does propel them into the conversation. An exciting weekend of college football combined with a terrific defensive performance pushed the Irish up to No. 11 in the country, the highest ranking for Notre Dame since the end of the 2006…

  4. Jamoris Slaughter lost for year with Achilles injury

    Sep 16, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Jamoris Slaughter

    Notre Dame may have won a huge battle with their 20-3 victory over No. 10 Michigan State, but they lost a key cog to their defense. Brian Kelly confirmed the worst for senior safety Jamoris Slaughter who suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the third quarter of the Irish victory and will be lost for…

  5. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 3

    Sep 16, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan State

    Statistics don’t always tell the story of a football game. A quick glance at the box score of the Irish’s 20-3 dismantling of No. 10 Michigan State doesn’t do Brian Kelly and his football team justice. The Irish were just 1 of 14 on third downs. Everett Golson completed less than half his throws, going…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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. ***

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…