Notre Dame Football Game Preview: Week 4 vs Michigan State Spartans

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Time to cue up all the usual 1966 references as Spartan Stadium hosts a Michigan State versus Notre Dame football clash once again. There will be numerous allusions to their legendary meeting that November in East Lansing, which ended in a 10-10 tie. It’s considered one of the greatest and most controversial college football games of all time, as both teams finished the season ranked #1 in several polls.

The Fighting Irish head coach that storied season was Ara Parseghian, who we just last month. MSU was led back then by Duffy Daugherty.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Athletic vs Academic Scholarships for Student-Athletes

There is confusion on how academic scholarships and athletic scholarships work. For example, if an NCAA Division II institution offers you a partial scholarship you can still use academic aid to cover your tuition. About 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview vs #15 Georgia Bulldogs

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If you’re a Notre Dame football fan, I’m sure you said to yourself last weekend: “now that’s how you open the season!”

Absolutely annihilating your first opponent- that’s the best way to move past a disastrous season last year, and that’s exactly what the Fighting Irish did with a total destruction of Temple, 49-16. Now the stakes get significantly raised as the Irish punch up a few weight classes.

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Brian Kelly Has Apparently Had Enough DeShone Kizer Questions

The noted American poet laureate Anthony Kiedis once rhetorically asked “how come everybody want to keep it like the Kaiser?!” in the 1991 Red Hot Chili Peppers hit, “Give it Away.” Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly essentially implied how come everybody want to ask about the Kizer in his response on a media teleconference Sunday afternoon.

Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, who left school early to declare for the NFL Draft last season, was a second round pick by the Cleveland Browns. It was recently announced that Kizer won the Browns QB1 job, so he’ll open up under center against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers a week from today.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 8-24-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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2017 Notre Dame Football Season Preview and Predictions

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Former Chicago Bears Head Coach Dave Wannstedt knows Notre Dame football pretty well having coached against them several times while leading Pittsburgh, his alma mater. He was surprised to see the Fighting Irish take such a step back last season, especially on one side of the ball.

“The defense falling off the way they did was a bit of a mystery to me,” Wannstedt said during our exclusive conversation.

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Five Notre Dame Football Players to Watch this Season (Offense)

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Expectations for the 2017 Notre Dame football team are modest at best, but this group does bare a couple resemblances to Coach Brian Kelly’s two best teams. In both 2012 and 2015, Notre Dame relied on a very strong offensive line, and they won with inexperience at quarterback.

This year’s Fighting Irish obviously have inexperience at QB, but also again have a very stout OL, the strength of their team. So we start right there in assessing five players to watch on offense for the Irish this fall.

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Five Notre Dame Football Players to Watch this Season (Defense)

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Although 2016 Notre Dame football was just 4-8, the Irish lost seven of those eight by eight points or fewer. That tells you how they’re really not all that far away. If they tighten up on defense, the side of the ball that definitely has more room for improvement, the Irish could end up flipping that record to 8-4 in 2017; provided they shore up a few other things and nothing else goes wrong.

Notre Dame football fans do have some cause for optimism though, especially when you look at these five defensive players.

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Notre Dame QB1 Brandon Wimbush: What Fans Can Expect

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Notre Dame was unranked in the preseason coaches poll, and that’s understandable given how they’re coming off a 4-8 season. Additionally, DeShone Kizer, the team’s starting quarterback and arguably best/most important player last season, left school early to play in the NFL.

The new QB1 in South Bend is Brandon Wimbush, who is inexperienced and thus an unknown quantity. However, he’s very talented, and brings a dynamic skill set to the table. He also has the advantage of not having to look over his shoulder this preseason, or worry about quickly getting the hook should he make a mistake.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 6-29-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Notre Dame Football in Top 25 Range Nationally, Say Preseason Preview Magazines

There are 93 days until 2017 Notre Dame Football season begins on Saturday Sept. 2nd when the Fighting Irish host Temple. If that seems like a long ways away, then consider this, ACC Media Days will be here in 51 days.

In the meantime, let’s look at what those preseason college football publications (the magazines make such great beach/poolside reading don’t they?) are saying about the Irish.

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