Inside the Irish
Monday’s Leftovers: Notre Dame on the precipice of a rare three-year stretch
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:00:08 +0000
Thanks to its win Saturday over Navy, Notre Dame will have two chances to reach double digit victories this season. As Irish coach Brian Kelly pointed out after the 24-17 victory, reaching that mark for the second time in three years is not a common occurrence at Notre Dame. The last time the Irish achieved
Sunday Notre Dame Notebook: Defensive counter to Navy’s option helps Irish put Miami in past
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:21:26 +0000
Getting a team to heed the details necessary to counteract Navy’s triple-option attack is challenging enough. Getting Notre Dame to do it on the heels of its letdown at Miami a week ago made it even more difficult. “The bigger shift this week was mentally get [the team] away from the Miami game to the
Things We Learned: Notre Dame will do what it takes to develop its passing game
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:00:52 +0000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame knows it needs a worthwhile passing game. The debacle at Miami made it clear some semblance of an aerial threat must be feared by the opposing defense. Thus, the Irish set to working on that deficiency in a 24-17 victory over Navy on Saturday. At halftime, those efforts struck
Notre Dame turns to its strengths to slip past Navy, 24-17
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:15:34 +0000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Navy did what Navy does, wear down its opponent, rely on the option and shorten the game. No. 8 Notre Dame overcame the Midshipmen’s relentlessness 24-17 on Saturday only after the Irish remembered what they do best: Run, run and run to set up the pass. Four handoffs to Irish junior
Notre Dame vs. Navy: Who, what, when, where, weather, why and by how much
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:00:34 +0000
WHO? No. 8 Notre Dame (8-2) vs. Navy (6-3). WHAT? It is a storied series, if not necessarily a rivalry. Partly due to that, partly as an homage to the original “House That Rockne Built” and partly because otherwise there would be no alternate uniform this season, the Irish will be wearing “Rockne Heritage” uniforms.
Friday at 4: To the seniors, the leaders
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:00:48 +0000
Of all the things Notre Dame and Irish coach Brian Kelly changed this past offseason, one difference between that 4-8 disappointment and this season’s surprising success had little to do with those program renovations. Kelly brought in three new coordinators and a new strength coach, he engaged with his team more often, he developed a
Things To Learn: Will Notre Dame, and Wimbush, rebound?
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:15:03 +0000
When Navy and Notre Dame meet, many of the usual barometers of success go by the wayside. No, not because it is such a heated rivalry. Rather, playing the triple-option is a unique challenge for the defense, one otherwise not seen (with the exceptions of the occasional meeting with Army or Georgia Tech), and the
And In That Corner … The Navy Midshipmen with that pesky triple-option
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:22 +0000
If Notre Dame ends its season with two wins, a headline-grabbing bowl berth will be assured and the Irish will have rebounded quite nicely from a 4-8 campaign only a year ago. If, however, Notre Dame loses this weekend, the talk of the issues that led to that dismal season will abound anew. First up
Notre Dame’s bowl likelihoods and opponents round-up
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:15:20 +0000
If discussing Notre Dame’s bowl possibilities, the new No. 8 ranking in Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff selection committee poll means only so much. One most also project how the Irish will finish the season. If Notre Dame wins its last two games (v. Navy; at Stanford), a spot in a playoff-eligible bowl is assured.
Question for the Week (rather, for the Year): On Notre Dame, pride and progress
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:30:57 +0000
Pride is a tricky thing. It notoriously comes before the fall, and yet after a defeat, it is the quickest rallying cry for moving forward. Pride played no part in Notre Dame’s 41-8 failure at Miami this past weekend. It was, however, the buzz word afterward. With their College Football Playoff and national championship aspirations
Monday’s Leftovers: A need to execute and a need for continued defensive line improvement
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:32 +0000
Brian Kelly did not shirk the burden of responsibility after Notre Dame’s 41-8 shellacking at Miami on Saturday. The closest he came to criticizing the Irish defense was pointing out missed assignments on particular run plays, but he quickly turned even that thought into praise of Miami sophomore running back Travis Homer. “It was the
Sunday Notre Dame Notebook: Atmosphere, crowd & turnovers doomed Irish from outset
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:56:55 +0000
Notre Dame simply was not ready for Miami on Saturday. By the time the first quarter ended and the Hurricanes were posed to build on a 14-0 lead, that was quite apparent. With hindsight, Irish coach Brian Kelly can see the reasons for the 41-8 loss were already at hand before his team even took
Things We Learned: Without a passing game, Notre Dame is not *there* yet
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:00:26 +0000
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Seven years ago, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team began the season with eight consecutive wins before falling to No. 17 Kentucky in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Then a freshman seeing his first collegiate action, point guard Eric Atkins was asked what he learned about the Irish in the loss.
Notre Dame’s Playoff hopes drowned by Hurricanes
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:41:15 +0000
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Notre Dame will not want to return to Hard Rock Stadium for a long time. It will also want to avoid gold necklaces. Miami trotted out its “turnover chain” three times in the first half Saturday night, which means, more to the point, the No. 7 Hurricanes forced three turnovers and
Claypool’s drops perhaps a harbinger of Notre Dame success to come
Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:45:37 +0000
Chase Claypool would not even grant the hypothetical’s premise. He knew how many yards he ended up with in Notre Dame’s 48-37 victory over Wake Forest last weekend. He knew he caught nine passes and found the end zone once to gain 180 yards. He would not speculate how much gaudier those numbers could have
Notre Dame at Miami: Who, what, when, where, why and by how much
Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:00:01 +0000
WHO? No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1) at No. 7 Miami (8-0) in their fourth meeting in eight years. The Irish have won the previous three (2010 Sun Bowl, 2012 at Soldier Field, 2016 at Notre Dame). WHAT? This contest will not determine the Hurricanes’ chances at the ACC title. They need to win one of
Friday at 4: This isn’t ‘Catholics vs. Convicts.’ It hardly ever was. But it already matters again.
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:00:53 +0000
Notre Dame at Miami was not supposed to matter this year. It was merely going to be a chance to once again — for the fourth time in eight years — reminisce about the good ol’ days of the ‘80s. Perhaps the Irish or the Hurricanes could bolster their Camping World Bowl résumés, if not
Things To Learn: On Notre Dame injuries, crowd noise and close games
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:29:11 +0000
No. 3 Notre Dame will have its star pair of juniors in the backfield Saturday night at No. 7 Miami, and both are apparently healthy. Irish coach Brian Kelly expressed little concern for quarterback Brandon Wimbush or running back Josh Adams on Thursday. Wimbush showed “no ill effects” from the massive hit his left hand
And In That Corner … The No. 7 Miami Hurricanes and an eye-catching turnover chain
Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:56:46 +0000
Before Notre Dame heads down to south Florida for a prime-time, top-10 pseudo-elimination game (8 p.m. ET, ABC), let’s get to know the No. 7 Hurricanes a bit with the help of Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald. DF: Hey Susan, I appreciate you taking some time out of your week to chat Miami football. As
CFP Contenders & Notre Dame’s Opponents: Oklahoma & Wisconsin loom
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:54:37 +0000
For all the talk about 13 data points this time of year, only a few games on each schedule matter. The College Football Playoff selection committee focuses on those when putting together each week’s poll, the most-recent having been released Tuesday night with Notre Dame still at No. 3. The Irish opened their season by

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