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  1. So much for a boring Notre Dame pep rally

    Sep 22, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT


    The atmosphere at pep rallies the last few years hasn’t been the greatest. Outside of Rocket Ismail’s “Unbelief” speech before USC, it’s been tough to get too fired up for an event that’s designed to get everybody fired up. Well last night changed that a bit. With an emotional Manti Te’o thanking the students for…

  2. Irish defense gets one last chance to stop Denard Robinson

    Sep 21, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT


    Denard Robinson has killed Notre Dame. Smashed their hearts and stomped on their souls. This is undeniable. The man called Shoelace is Enemy No. 1 in South Bend this weekend. He’s put to sleep more echoes and silenced more thunder than any opponent in the modern era of Irish football. The Wolverines enter South Bend…

  3. Pregame six pack: War with the Wolverines

    Sep 21, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT


    There’s no doubt about it. This is a defining Saturday for Notre Dame football. A victory over No. 18 Michigan should propel the No. 11 Fighting Irish into the top 10, thrust right into the middle of BCS bedlam as they enjoy a bye week and take a deep breath before starting another harrowing portion…

  4. Wolverines might take aim at Irish secondary

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Massachusetts v Michigan

    You could fill up a few notebooks contemplating the ways quarterback Denard Robinson can beat the Irish. We’ve seen it first hand with his virtuoso running performance in 2010 and his fourth quarter passing display last season, where Robinson threw touchdown passes of 14, 21, and 16 yards in the games final eleven minutes to…

  5. IBG: Waiting for the Wolverines

    Sep 20, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Harrison Smith Michigan

    I don’t know about you guys, but this week is moving mighty slow. While last Saturday’s game certainly had a high stakes feel to it, the date with the Wolverines feels amplified. Win, and the Irish go to 4-0, with a much needed week of rest to get healthy and continue into uncharted territory. A…

  6. Michigan staff prepares for test against Irish

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT


    The Michigan coaching staff met with the media this week to discuss the football game this weekend. Head coach Brady Hoke discussed the challenges ahead for his football team, while offensive coordinator Al Borges discussed the evolution of Denard Robinson and the work the offense still needs to do. And as it happened last year,…

  7. And in that corner… The Michigan Wolverines

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Denard Robinson, Perry McIntyre

    If last Saturday’s victory was a “signature win for the Irish, this Saturday’s game is to settle a score. When No. 11 Notre Dame battles No. 18 Michigan, the Irish won’t just be looking to take down another ranked opponent and push their way into the country’s top ten, they’ll be looking to seek vengeance…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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. ***

  20. 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…