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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Notre Dame hoping fans are ready to take a staND

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT


    It’s hardly newsworthy to mention the fact that Notre Dame Stadium isn’t the most daunting home field advantage in college football. Between welcoming fans, overly protective ushers, and a geriatric portion of the fanbase that spends most of the game sitting on their thumbs, it’s been far too easy for opponents to walk into South…

  14. The case for a vanilla offense

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Arkansas State v Oregon

    With Notre Dame breaking in a first-time quarterback in Everett Golson, many worried the Irish offensive attack would be too vanilla, making it easy on opposing defensive coordinators. Those that watched Notre Dame’s debut against Navy saw simplicity in the approach, but success in that execution. It may have been vanilla, but that tends to…

  15. Trick Shot Monday goes big time

    Sep 5, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    Trick Shot Monday

    What started as a fun locker room game for the Notre Dame players has gone past viral and now turned mainstream. Trick Shot Monday was featured on SportsCenter’s top ten plays, an impressive feat for Jake Golic‘s long distance, ping pong bank shot into a small water cup. Here’s the video of the impressive long…

  16. And in that corner: The Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:35 AM EDT

    Cierre Wood

    After starting 2011 in the worst possible fashion, Irish fans couldn’t feel better about things after a 50-10 drubbing of Navy. First-time starting quarterback Everett Golson looked confident and smooth in his debut. The Irish ground attack was prolific, even without starter Cierre Wood. And even without defensive end Aaron Lynch, the Irish continually harassed…

  17. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 4, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    If you expected head coach Brian Kelly to be excited about Notre Dame jumping into both the AP and Coaches Poll at No. 22, you might be disappointed. When asked if it was something he paid attention to, Notre Dame’s head coach was pretty succinct. “White noise,” Kelly said. “White noise.” With in-state rival Purdue…

  18. Pinkett to return to radio broadcast after suspension

    Sep 4, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Notre Dame The Shirt

    While Allen Pinkett‘s comments last week had him sent home from Ireland and removed from the radio broadcast for the game against Navy, they will not cost him his job. Notre Dame IMG Radio Network announced that Pinkett will serve a three-game unpaid suspension before returning to join Don Criqui in the radio booth. “Allen…

  19. Behind the scenes: Irish Connection vs. Navy

    Sep 4, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Navy

    Wrapping up the Irish’s 50-10 victory over Navy,’s popular Irish Connection video, the 40th edition, is posted for everyone’s enjoyment. It features a ton of great sideline footage including touchdown runs by Theo Riddick, George Atkinson, Stephon Tuitt, and Robby Toma. It also gives you a peak onto the sidelines during the romp, and…

  20. Opposition round-up

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

    Barkley Woods

    With college football kicking off this weekend, Notre Dame wasn’t the only program that got to see what their team was made of. With a schedule that looked to be one of the most daunting slates in the country, I did my best to keep tabs on all the future Irish opponents. Here’s a quick…