#6 Notre Dame Football Preview vs #9 Stanford


“Never Say Never Again” is to the James Bond franchise what Notre Dame football is to the ACC; really part of it, but technically not so. This is very important, because Baylor and TCU were shut out of the playoff last season, and the Big 12 doesn’t have a conference championship game.

This year, if Notre Dame football finishes 11-1, but ends up behind a couple 12-1 teams in the playoff standings, and those teams played in and or won a conference title game, well you can see where this is going.

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Notre Dame football playoff chances: Unknowns Knowns

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Notre Dame football has certainly taken a big step forward in the Brian Kelly era.

The 2012 Fighting Irish played for the national title while the current Notre Dame football team sits at 9-1, and in the discussion for that final coveted playoff spot. Although statistical projection site extraordinaire FiveThirtyEight.com gives ND just a 26% chance of finishing in the final top four. 

Amazingly, they’re excelling despite an abundance of injuries, which stands as a testament to their depth and ability.

This Notre Dame football article is joint effort by Grant Herrejon and Paul M. Banks. 

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2016 NFL mock draft 11-17-15

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This 2016 NFL mock draft order, #1-#10 at least, is derived from Niners Nation, the 49ers community on SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule to determine the top ten.

Picks #22-#32 were based on a composite of current NFL power rankings. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”

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Mike Brey on his ESPN announcing experience (exclusive)

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When Mike Brey is done coaching at Notre Dame (he has seven years left on the contract extension he got in 2012) he may go into broadcasting. A media career could be in the works post coaching retirement and he got his first taste of doing analyst work tonight for ESPNU.

Brey called “The Basketball Tournament” live from DePaul’s on campus gym in Chicago.

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2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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The 2016 college basketball tournament tips off this week.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Notre Dame football a big winner in CFB Playoff rankings


Remember the time (if I may quote Michael Jackson) that we weren’t sure if an 11-1 Notre Dame football team would make the college football playoff or not? Polls taken among ND media and fan sites showed that conventional wisdom viewed the situation as a toss-up or 50/50.

With the first college football playoff rankings of 2015 released tonight, it’s pretty clear now. If you’re Notre Dame football, you go 11-1, you’re in.

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#9 Notre Dame football Preview: vs #21 Temple


Notre Dame football is featured in the ESPN College Gameday host contest for the second time this season. Again, it’s on the road, as the Fighting Irish head to Philadelphia. Gameday will originate from the Independence Mall. This marks the 27th time that GameDay has originated from a Notre Dame game site, including the once studio-based show’s road debut at the Joyce Center before the 1993 Florida State game.

Since this event game is in Philly, maybe the Fresh Prince will be in attendance? Or Boyz II Men?

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Brian Kelly to New York Giants rumors commence


Brian Kelly is the longest tenured Notre Dame football coach since Lou Holtz. Despite his previous flirtations with the NFL (not to mention all the off-the-field issues that have occurred under his regime) Kelly has brought a fair amount of stability to the program. He’s done a much better job than Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis (or George O’Leary for that matter).

Kelly has weathered quite a few storms during his time at ND, and through it all demonstrated some consistency. Sure, there’s been an insane amount of drama during his regime, but he always gets past it relatively unscathed. In the NFL, every team is loaded with players that have “character issues,” and fallout often ensues.

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#14 Notre Dame football game preview: week 7 USC Trojans


No shortage of story lines in your week seven Notre Dame football game preview. The biggest intersectional rivalry of all is renewed, as the USC Trojans come to town in the midst of their very own, very large….

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Current Notre Dame Football Bowl Projections


Given the state of USC right now, it’s hard to actually get amped for this, but quarterback DeShone Kizer said that this game will still be huge for the Irish.

“It’s very big for our team.  Obviously it’s a rivalry that’s been around for longer than any of us have been here, so with that being said what we’re going to prepare as if it’s the last game of the season, because that’s how every week is going to have to be for us to try to achieve the goals that we set before the season.”

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Notre Dame QB1 DeShone Kizer says ND in “March madness mode”


Part of what makes college football’s structure beautiful and brilliant is the de facto “one-and-done” nature of the season. There’s only 12 regular season games and that scarcity makes each one meaningful. To get to the playoff, you can’t afford to lose, at all. If you lose one, then you’re in full on single elimination mode.

Notre Dame Starting Quarterback DeShone Kizer articulated this mantra; a state that the Fighting Irish are currently in.

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Notre Dame football easily handles Navy 41-24


Notre Dame football kept their oh so slim college football playoff hopes alive by winning decisively at home versus ancient arch-rival Navy. Of course, USC did them zero favors by embarrassing themselves at home versus Washington Thursday night.

The Fighting Irish will need Clemson and Stanford to win out, in addition to finishing 11-1 themselves, in order to have any remote chance of reaching the playoff.

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