Which bowl game will Notre Dame Football play in?


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So which postseason game is the Notre Dame football team headed to? Well, at this point, we’re talking a third or fourth tier bowl. Not the words Notre Dame football fans want to hear, but it’s reality. Through the first five games, the Fighting Irish defense recorded numbers that warranted all those comparisons that you heard to the 2012 national runner-up team’s defense.

Since in the six games since, the competition got much better and the Irish defense has been a shell of what it once was. And that’s how we got here, Notre Dame football nation. Let’s look at the bowl projections:

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Brian Kelly explains his controversial decision to go for 2


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Brian Kelly made a very controversial decision to go for two, and a lot of the people in the press box blamed #15 Notre Dame’s loss on that very decision. You saw the game, so you can make up your own mind. If you didn’t here’s the Q&A Brian Kelly had with reporters in the press room explaining his justification to attempt the two point conversion.

I’ll leave the speculation, debate and opining up to you. The comment section is below, speak your mind. Or Tweet me @paulmbanks. Here’s the transcript:

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VIDEO: Field view of Northwestern’s OT game winning FG at #15 Notre Dame


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Northwestern’s Jack Mitchell is B.M.O.C. tonight. He drilled a 45 yard field goal to send today’s contest into overtime; then nailed a 41 yarder to pull off the 18 point upset.  #18 Notre Dame (7-3) suffered their first loss at home. The Northwestern Wildcats (4-6) boast wins over Big Ten foes Penn State (less impressive than it sounds), Wisconsin (pretty impressive actually, as the Badgers may have won the Big Ten West division now) and now Notre Dame this season.

Here’s video of the game-winning kick:

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Torii Hunter Jr: another of Notre Dame football’s The Offspring


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With apologies to Dexter Holland, Notre Dame football has their own “The Offspring.” So “hey, eh, come out and play!”

No, the Fighting Irish don’t have a ’90s light-metal/pop punk/alternative rock band contained within their roster. What they have are the sons of Jon Bon Jovi, Torii Hunter, David Robinson and Cris Collinsworth.  Two of which are receivers, so you “got to keep ‘em separated” from opposing defensive backs when they’re on the field.

Austin Collinsworth, a senior safety, was named one of the team’s captains this season (“pretty fly for a white guy”).

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 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 four of the past five years.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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Does Notre Dame football deserve the #10 ranking?


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Notre Dame football fans are right up there with Ohio State and Michigan as some of the most thin-skinned college football fans in the nation. Every media member that justifiably criticizes Notre Dame football is branded “biased,” and receives hate mail.  Every questionable call that goes against the Fighting Irish verifies the officiating anti-Golden Dome “agenda.”

Every poll that ranks ND  is……wait, the Domers are actually right on this one.

Stop the presses!

For the entire college football world usually regards the Fighting Irish as always overrated in the polls. The initial college football playoff poll greatly underrates them. Tis true.

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ACC Basketball Preview: #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

After suffering through their first losing season in the Mike Brey era, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking for a bounce back year. Getting their best player back should help in that effort. [Read more…]

David Robinson’s son Corey becoming star Notre Dame WR


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Corey Robinson is one of many celebrity offspring playing football for Notre Dame right now. His father is “The Admiral” himself, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson. The Fighting Irish roster also boasts the sons of Jon Bon Jovi, Torii Hunter and Cris Collinsworth. 

Austin Collinsworth, a senior safety, was named one of the team’s captains this season.

Of all the proud fathers of Irish players, David Robinson is the one who is the most consistent fixture at ND.

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Critical ND game-changing penalty now attributed to Will Fuller


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The controversial closing seconds offensive pass interference penalty, which negated a game-winning touchdown pass from Everett Golson to Corey Robinson has been charged to a different player. In ND’s 31-27 loss at Florida State last night, the second to last play featured an Irish touchdown waived off due to an infraction originally called on Notre Dame junior wide receiver C.J. Prosise.

Brian Kelly talking to the media today about the play:

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Everett Golson is a Heisman candidate; in 2015


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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had a Heisman Trophy moment tonight…called back due to a C.J. Prosise offensive pass interference penalty. It would have complemented the true Heisman moment he had closing out the win over Stanford. However, tonight, and the Stanford game are negated by the Syracuse and North Carolina contests. Both of those were the best of times. They were the worst of times. At least from a box score standpoint.

Next year could be different though. Golson is just in his second season as a starter. His third year is when he could make the leap to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. ESPN Analyst and Florida State icon Danny Kanell summated it perfectly on conference call with the media this week.

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#2 Florida State Football vs #5 Notre Dame Preview and prediction


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ESPN is extremely obnoxious in their over-coverage of #2 Florida State football and Jameis Winston. Bristol will ratchet that up even more this week as their partner, ABC, is televising this contest and their preview show, College Gameday is coming to Tallahassee. If FSU wins, the World Wide Leader will go full on CNN-with-the-missing-airplane on Jameis Winston and Florida St. the rest of the season.

They won’t be quite as obnoxious with over-covering #5 Notre Dame if the Irish win because they’re not the broadcast rights holder for Fighting Irish home games; NBC is. And all sports networks, not just ESPN included, are over-bearing in their coverage of teams/leagues where they hold the rights.

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Notre Dame vs. Florida St: then ’93 and now ’14


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I don’t see any sense in doing a “play by play” on the historic November 13, 1993 ballgame between Notre Dame and Florida State. I mean, let’s be realistic, isn’t that why God put Google and Wikipedia at our disposal?

So, let’s have our own “two man” game.

Here’s the drill. Each time I toss out a reflection, I’ll give you a hook on Saturday’s battle between the two clubs at Doak Campbell Stadium.

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