If Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly were to actually search his name and check his mentions on Twitter right now…..Follow paulmbanks
It’s pretty much impossible to think of a college football game being played in worse conditions than this. “Ill-advised” doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of describing what a poor decision this was. Your Notre Dame football team is now 2-4 with the pitchforks coming out for Head Coach Brian Kelly. The Fighting Irish bowl chances are are in serious peril.
The Fighting Irish lost 10-3 at N.C. State; in a contest played about a mile and half west from the edge of Hurricane Matthew, designated a Category 1 storm at the time of the game.Follow paulmbanks
With Notre Dame football moving to an ACC heavy schedule each year, some traditional rivalries have dissipated and been extinguished. However, other rivalries now what the potential to flourish. Take the Miami Hurricanes for instance. The Canes, currently #10 in country, visit South Bend on October 29th in a game that Notre Dame football fans might be looking at as a litmus test for saving their season.
We’ve mapped out what the Irish need to do in the back half of the season to qualify for a bowl and beating Miami would help their cause a lot.Follow paulmbanks
Seasons that don’t end in a bowl game are rare for the Notre Dame football program. It’s only happened twice (2007, 2009) since 2013.
However, a loss yesterday to Syracuse in New York would have likely put the kibosh on ND’s chances going bowling in 2016. Of course, they didn’t, and Notre Dame football fans started to breathe easier in the second half, as the Irish started to pull away from the Orange, and went on to win comfortably in the end 50-33.Follow paulmbanks
There will have to be some changes within the Notre Dame football team this week. There will likely be bigger changes ahead for the Notre Dame football program down in the not too distant future. The Duke Blue Devils came in to South Bend as 22 point underdogs yesterday. They left victorious; meaning it was the biggest upset, using just point spreads as your criteria, in 20 years for the the Fighting Irish.
You have to immediately wonder how much longer Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder will remain employed.
In 2016, it’s College Football Playoff or bust, every season, for the sport’s blue bloods. So now that this Notre Dame football team has two losses already, what are they playing for this season? Is there still hope for a New Year’s Six Bowl? Possibly, but they’d have to go 9-0 down the stretch and hope some things fall their way in order to be in that conversation. In other words, not bloody likely.
Being an independent, Saturday’s tussle with Duke is not an ACC conference game, and therefore does not have any meaning towards determining a conference championship.Follow paulmbanks
In the Notre Dame football program, success is measured by national relevance, not local. In 2016, it’s college football playoff or bust. This is true not only because ND is independent, and thus has no conference championship to play for, but also a consequence of the very high bar set by the program’s unparalleled history of success.Follow paulmbanks
Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly took ownership of all that went wrong on defense for his team tonight.
“Those are the guys we have. We can’t trade em, they’re not getting cut. We recruited them, so I don’t want to hear anybody– I told our staff: Those are our guys, so we’ve gotta get ’em better,” Kelly said.Follow paulmbanks
Before tonight’s contest kicked off, we had the chance to say to this Michigan State football team: “Congratulations on completing your preseason. Welcome to the regular season now Michigan State!” It’s extremely rare for a team to get a bye in week two, especially when that off week comes after facing a lowly FCS foe.
Thus it’s not until week three that Michigan State football played a real team in a real game. What an oddity.
However, what a performance it truly was.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
#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.Follow paulmbanks