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Things To Learn: Passing rhythm could set up Notre Dame’s long-term success


Notre Dame had little trouble running the ball at Louisville in its 35-17 Labor Day victory, yet rather than lean into the ground game, the Irish seemed to force passes throughout the first half. It was fair to wonder, why not run the Cardinals into the ground? On three touchdown drives before halftime, Notre Dame [more]

Leftovers & Links: Notre Dame’s young reserves ready for suddenly-needed roles


Notre Dame does not have any choice; it will need to establish a running game without its expected top back. Doing so will require more than senior Tony Jones, even if he does finally produce on Saturdays as he has in practice for years. The first name behind Jones made itself clear during Monday’s 35-17 [more]

Reports: Notre Dame loses RB Jafar Armstrong for a significant chunk of a second season


Notre Dame will be without all-purpose junior running back Jafar Armstrong for the foreseeable future, per reports. Armstrong left Monday’s season-opening win at Louisville early in the first quarter, after getting just three touches, all on three consecutive plays during the opening drive, an efficient one finishing with an Irish touchdown. Armstrong spent the rest [more]

Things We Learned: Despite Notre Dame’s inefficient opener, reasons for Irish optimism abound


The immediate reaction to No. 8 Notre Dame's 35-17 victory at Louisville on Monday was to doubt the Irish, but there were also a few reasons to think much much better performances are coming. [more]