#12 Michigan State Football vs #18 Notre Dame: Game Preview, Prediction


It’s the golden anniversary of the game of the century; and also a former Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coaches Bowl. Notre Dame football renews their rivalry with Michigan State football on Saturday night and it’s a series (lately at least) that has been as exciting and as interesting as college football can be.

If the game plays out the way it looks on paper, it’ll be another tight one. To quote Spandau Ballet, “I know this. Much is. True;” as the last ten MSU-ND match-ups have been decided by an average of 1.3 ppg.

The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.


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Notre Dame Football News and Notes: Pre-Michigan State Edition

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As we head into a pretty huge game for Notre Dame football under the lights on Saturday night, here are some ND news, notes, nuggets and tidbits. The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.

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Game Preview: #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Texas Longhorns


#9 Notre Dame opens the 2016 season in Texas; where the dramatic television series Friday Night Lights (2006-2011) was set. Thus “clear eyes, full hearts” for season opening week game preview. I know we’re all sick of talking season at this point, so let’s get to the real actual season now.

Also, be sure to read the Notre Dame season preview over at this link.

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2016 Notre Dame Football Season Preview, Predictions


For most of this century, Notre Dame football has had many competitive advantages over the rest of the college football landscape. Modern times, however, have seen other programs, and conferences, catch up to the Fighting Irish in regards to national media exposure and on-field success.

As we enter the midst of opening kickoff weekend 2016, it’s really a handful of teams from the SEC and ACC that are being talked about as possible national title front-runners. On the other hand, credit the Fighting Irish football leadership for putting the infrastructure in place to regain those advantages. Notre Dame football knows what needs to be done in 2016 to be top dog again and they are doing it.

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Nyles Morgan: Extremely Key for Notre Dame Football this Season


Cornerback KeiVarae Russell has graduated, and moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL, but linebacker Nyles Morgan has stepped right in to fill the “best sound bite of any Notre Dame football player” void. Morgan is a joy to talk to, as he has something interesting to say on a multitude of topics.

For instance, on the disparity between his number of freshman year and sophomore year snaps:

“It’s kind of like you feed a pitbull steak one day, and the next day he’s expecting the same, but you come back with ham. He’s hungry. So being hungry is what’s going to help me push the team this year.”

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Two Notre Dame Football Players who could be First Round Picks


Obviously, the six Notre Dame football players arrested in two separate incidents last weekend, and the subsequent fallout, is “the lead” right now. Here’s a link to the latest on Devin Butler, and also on the five other players. After that, it’s all about the quarterback controversy in the Fighting Irish football news universe.

Time to talk about something else for a change.

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Cornerback Devin Butler Could be Dismissed from Notre Dame


Six Notre Dame football players were arrested over the weekend, in two separate incidents. Five of the six were involved in the same incident which resulted in Safety Max Redfield getting kicked off the team. Here’s a link to more on that situation.

The sixth, cornerback Devin Butler, was charged with a felony on Tuesday.

According to the Indy Star, “Butler was arrested on a preliminary felony charge of resisting law enforcement causing bodily injury to a law enforcement officer stemming from an incident outside a South Bend bar…The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment for minor injuries, including a sore wrist, he said.”

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Update on Six Notre Dame Football Players Jailed on Saturday

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(Update: Max Redfield has been kicked off the team, Devin Butler has been suspended indefinitely)

Here’s the full statement from Brian Kelly:

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Notre Dame Football Going QB1A and QB1B vs Texas Longhorns


If you’re a die-hard fan of the dramatic television series Friday Night Lights (2006-2011) then you’re familiar with the term “QB1.” It was the nickname given to starting quarterback Matt Saracen. (Also, if you’re a die hard fan of FNL, there’s a very high likelihood that you’re an upper middle class caucasian female aged 22-31)

When Notre Dame football opens the season at Texas (where FNL was set by the way) September 4th, there will be no true QB1. Coach Brian Kelly announced today, at Notre Dame football Media Day that both quarterbacks, DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire will play in the opener.

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Donald Trump Makes Awkward Gene Keady Reference in Stump Speech


Speaking in Cleveland today, Donald Trump covered a litany of topics, first and foremost his much discussed and hyper analyzed Republican National Convention Acceptance speech from last night. Trump then shifted gears to his notorious feud with Texas Senator Ted Cruz before discussing his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

The Republican nominee then described why he loves the state of Indiana and this included mentioning a cadre of coaches with elite won-loss records.

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Notre Dame Football Unveils New Shamrock Series Uniforms


The University of Notre Dame football program unveiled the uniforms for this year’s Shamrock Series game. This contest is Notre Dame’s sixth annual Shamrock Series event, an off-campus home game which will be have played versus November 12th in San Antonio.

The previous Shamrock Series events were played in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis and Dallas.

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Notre Dame Must Distance Themselves From the Lou Holtz Brand


On day one of the 2016 Republican National Convention former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz was spotted walking around with a bottle of Crown Royal. Many, or at least some, of us found that cute and quirky.

On day two of the RNC, Holtz gave an anti-immigrant rant that made it seem like he drank way too much of that Crown Royal whiskey before giving his speech.

There is absolutely nothing cute and quirky about what Lou Holtz did today, and now Notre Dame must do the right thing.

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