Douglas Farmer

Notre Dame’s Opponents: Bowling Green and a familiar defensive coordinator


Some misguided version of Notre Dame pride, perhaps even schadenfreude, will make the week of Oct. 5 entirely about former Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and his struggles since being fired four weeks into the 2016 season. If (read: when) Bowling Green gives up 40 points to either Kansas State or Louisiana Tech in September, [more]

Notre Dame’s Opponents: Virginia and Bryce Perkins, a dangerous dual-threat quarterback


Preseason projections are a tricky beast. A few come out in June, suggesting Virginia could be the clear choice in the ACC Coastal this season. By the end of July, others have deemed that too convenient, a default narrative seeking to have a seventh different team win that division in a seven-year span. In August, [more]

Notre Dame’s Opponents: Georgia, undeniably the season’s greatest challenge


There are two certainties in college football in 2019: Both Alabama and Clemson will be in the mix for a Playoff berth come mid-to-late November. Notre Dame joins a few Big Ten heavyweights in a tier behind the Tide and the Tigers. Arguably moving from the latter grouping to the former? Georgia and Oklahoma. The [more]

Notre Dame’s Opponents: New Mexico and former Irish coach Bob Davie


The outline of these opposition previews is intended to gradually move toward what applies to Notre Dame. Discussing last season broadly before diving into the specifics of what the Irish should expect from each opponent makes sense chronologically and allows a foundation to be laid to explain changes or roster developments. Let’s throw that out [more]