Arizona State

Pregame Six Pack: The showdown in the desert

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A tumbleweed blows by. Dust kicks up. Todd Graham saunters into the foreground, space-aged headset just off his cheek. Brian Kelly steps out from behind a saloon door. No, this isn't the O.K. Corral, but Saturday's (just after) high-noon showdown certainly has some drama baked into it. [more]

And in that corner… The Arizona State Sun Devils

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With the College Football Playoff's selection committee deeming this a Top 10 matchup, Notre Dame travels to Tempe for its best opportunity at impressing the voters. As a narrow underdog to Todd Graham's Sun Devils, the Irish are facing a stiff test against an Arizona State team with an improving defense and growing confidence. [more]

Can Brian Kelly recapture his November magic?

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Among the many reasons Charlie Weis lost his dream job coaching Notre Dame was the Irish's stumbles in November. Even with a guaranteed 10-year contract, Jack Swarbrick couldn't watch Notre Dame melt down in November for another year, with Weis' final two seasons ending with Notre Dame going 1-9 after Halloween. That's a scary movie franchise that needed killing, no matter the expense. [more]

Post-Spring Update: Arizona State

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Last year, Notre Dame's most impressive win might have been its neutral site victory over Arizona State in the Shamrock Series. Limiting the Sun Devils possessions while playing extremely efficient football, the Irish beat a team that won the Pac-12 South in Todd Graham's second season in the desert. [more]

Final thoughts before kickoff

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With Notre Dame in need of a rebound against an Arizona State team that looks a lot more dangerous than ever before, let’s run through ten Irish players that need to play well for Notre Dame to win in tonight’s primetime affair. Tommy Rees. No need to sugarcoat it. (And after reading the comments on recent [more]