Christian McCaffrey

Monday’s Leftover’s: Notre Dame was always going to play this out at least one more year

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Three out of the past four years, Notre Dame has reached November with genuine College Football Playoff aspirations. In 2014, injuries removed any chances of finishing the season strongly. In 2015, close losses belied the nature of college football. Then defensive youth and overall indifference torpedoed the season in September a year ago. None of [more]

Shaw confirms McCaffrey out with injury

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Stanford will be without Christian McCaffrey. Head coach David Shaw broke the news to NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen, with Stanford’s star runner not available against the Irish after leaving last week’s game with an undisclosed injury. It’s a huge break for Notre Dame’s beleaguered defense, with Stanford now looking to replace the team’s leading rusher, [more]

Pregame Six Pack: Looking for a win

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Perhaps the least controversial place for Brian Kelly to be this week is on the sidelines. Because after creating a stir in front of a post-game microphone, and with media speculation ramping up from all the predictable places, Kelly—Notre Dame’s seventh-year head coach and the owner of a contract extension that is set to keep him in [more]

Talking Irish: On to Stanford

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Another week, another conversation with JJ Stankevitz at CSN Chicago, as we try to make sense of what’s going on in South Bend. Here we tackle last week’s hurricane, “blaming” players, where to go next with a defensive coordinator hire, and if Brian Kelly’s job is really in trouble.  Oh yeah. And Stanford. That, too.  *** [more]

And in that corner… The Stanford Cardinal

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Notre Dame’s second primetime home affair has lost some of its luster. But every time the Irish play Stanford, a good game usually ensues, so even if the Cardinal are riding a two-game losing streak and Notre Dame comes in amidst a confidence-crushing swoon, there’s plenty at stake in the annual battle for the Legends Trophy. [more]