#15 Notre Dame football vs Navy: preview, prediction


Notre Dame’s scout team that specializes in running the triple option offense named themselves the S.W.A.G. Team (Students With Athleticism and Game). We learned this after the Georgia Tech game, a week in which the S.W.A.G. Team was quite busy. They got work this week too as Notre Dame football prepares to take on Navy’s option attack.

It’s clear that the SWAG Team must have been at least partially inspired by the name of ’90s R&B group SWV (Sisters With Voices) and 2014 Notre Dame Football’s “The Money Team” (Will Fuller, Taurean Folston, and a few others)

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Mike and Mike talk NFL, college football tailgating (exclusive audio)


Mike and Mike on The Sports Bank podcast! Yes, indeed. This is truly a pretty big “get” for us.

As Mike Greenberg perfectly put it, “Mike Golic is like Elvis in South Bend. It’s the only place where they remember that he played.” Yes, Golic rated Notre Dame as the top place to tailgate in all of NFL and college football. Enjoy the tailgating discussion that Mike and Mike had with our own “Maximus and the Bartender.”

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#6 Notre Dame football game preview (at #12 Clemson)


Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney joked that he couldn’t get even Jesus tickets to this game if he needed to. ESPN College Gameday is coming to South Carolina. SportsCenter is setting up shop down at Clemson. This is the biggest date remaining on the 2015 Notre Dame football schedule. (Hey, as of now Clemson is a better team than USC).

No more hype needed, this is a college football playoff elimination game. Let’s go!

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Notre Dame CB doesn’t see Clemson’s DeShaun Watson as top 5 QB


How high would you rank Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in your national college football rankings? Is he top five? Or not even close? Is he just a game-manager, or something much more meaningful and electric?

Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell wouldn’t put Watson in the top five nationally. Would you agree Russell’s assessment, or do you think the Fighting Irish corner is underrating him?

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Notre Dame DT Jay Hayes pays price for insubordinate Tweets


“Facebook is where we lie to friends, Twitter is where we tell the truth to strangers.”

It’s unknown who first uttered this epigram, but it’s completely untrue these days anyway. Twitter reflected that statement in its early days of 2008, but in 2015 it’s a brave new world of micro-blogged press releases and 140-or-less-character official statements.

“Thoughts and prayers to XYZ everyone, thoughts and prayers.”

Jon Ronson’s must read book So you’ve been publicly shamed often quotes the opening sentence of this article as the tome is a transcendent first draft of social media history.

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Notre Dame football utterly annihilates UMass; four things we learned

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Piling up 55 points and 557 yards of total offense through three quarters, the 2015 Notre Dame football team did not fall into today’s “trap game” against the UMass Minutemen. On the heels of a hugely significant upset of #14 Georgia Tech, the #6 Fighting Irish could have stumbled against a program that has only been at the FBS level for a couple years.

With a visit to #11 Clemson coming up next week, it was quite plausible that the Irish might catch themselves looking ahead and underrating the Minutemen.

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#6 Notre Dame football game preview (vs UMass)


If Notre Dame football is left out of the college football playoff this postseason, it might be due to their schedule. Those schedule issues aren’t related to this week, even though UMass does represent the weakest game on their schedule. The only threat the Minutemen provide here is the chance of ND “looking ahead” to their big road test at #11 Clemson the following week.

It’s not UMass dragging down their schedule that’s the biggest issue, it’s 1.) the ACC is the runt of the power five conference litter and 2015 Notre Dame football features an ACC heavy schedule and 2.) ND not being in a conference title game could hurt them. We saw that last season with TCU and Baylor.

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Chelsea, Arsenal, Juve, BVB have some fans at Notre Dame

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American college football players are embracing global international football (what us Yanks call soccer) at a rate you wouldn’t believe. Yes, a lot of it has to do with the FIFA video game, but still, American millenials love international soccer. The beautiful game is huge among the 2015 Notre Dame football roster.

Fighting Irish wide receiver Chris Brown broke it down Saturday, following his team’s 30-22 win over #14 Georgia Tech:

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Chicago Blackhawks made impression at Notre Dame


Tonight the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings to begin the preseason. They opened training camp this past weekend at Notre Dame’s Compton Ice Arena in South Bend. Camp opened with a dumpster fire of a press conference that featured Patrick Kane, John McDonough and ND grad Stan Bowman.

We’ve already covered what a huge mistake it was for Patrick Kane to do Q&A. We’ve already detailed how the biggest loser of that day might have been Team President McDonough, as he was everything on Thursday that he’s not known to be.

Now it’s time for a break from that.


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Notre Dame football suffers yet another devastating injury (Update)


Beating the #14 ranked team in the country at home is not usually “a program win” for Notre Dame football. Especially so when that scenario is a “pick’em” kind of game. Some sports books had ND as the favorite, others had Georgia Tech as the favorite, and the line was not heavy in either direction.

Yet Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly kept referring to today’s 30-22 triumph as a “program win,” and he’s totally right. That’s due to all the serious injuries the team has suffered so far this season.

Coincidentally, another major injury setback was suffered today.

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C.J. Prosise has big breakout game for Notre Dame


Running back C.J. Prosise is among the fastest, if not the fastest player on #8 Notre Dame. He broke off a 91-yard-touchdown run in the fourth quarter that turned a somewhat close game with #14 Georgia Tech into a complete blowout. It was also the longest run in Notre Dame Stadium history.

“I saw the crease and I just took off,” said Prosise.

“definitely a great honor to have that and my name be in here forever.”

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Actual “Rudy” play: video of Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech 1975


“Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!”

With #16 Georgia Tech coming to South Bend to take on #8 Notre Dame on Saturday (full game preview and prediction at this link), it’s time to re-visit the actual play and player that inspired the “Rocky” of college football movies.

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