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


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


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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Irish Eyes will be on Everett Golson and ball security


Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly can deny or make excuses for the sudden error prone football his quarterback Everett Golson is making. But deep down, you know Kelly and the rest of his offensive coaching staff are worried as they head into this season’s biggest game Saturday.

Golson has turned the ball over eight times the past three games. Of those turnovers, three were interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and the other five turnovers are Everett Golson fumbles. All five of those blunders were converted into touchdowns. Notre Dame turned it over just once in their first three games; 10 in their last three.

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Notre Dame football vs #2 FSU, preview with Chicago Tribune’s Chris Hine


“Texas Forever, 6.” — Tim Riggins

“This is what college football is all about,” said Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher on his weekly media call Monday. Yes, indeed Saturday night will have many a “Seminole moment” (sorry for the bad pun) for the Notre Dame football team, FSU, the two #5 quarterbacks and many others.

Here to break it all down with me and preview the epic clash is Chicago Tribune Notre Dame football beat reporter Chris Hine. He also gets up to speed on the statuses of the five suspended Notre Dame football players.

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DaVaris Daniels is done at Notre Dame; maybe. possibly


(Update: Daniels has re-opened the idea of returning to South Bend)

We now have closure on three of the “Notre Dame 5.” It took months, but decisions regarding the future of the five Notre Dame football players who were suspended indefinitely from the team this summer over academic malfeasance have now been made public.

DB KeiVarae Russell won’t play this year, but plans to return to the program next year.  WR DaVaris Daniels is done at Notre Dame, and does not plan to transfer at this point.

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VIDEOS: Notre Dame fight song on field, in golden dome


If people only know one college fight song, it’s the Notre Dame fight song. If they only know two, then Michigan would be the second. The Notre Dame fight song will be played a lot this week in the MEGAHYPE and SUPERHYPE leading up to the huge showdown versus #2 Florida State. So we’re going heavy on ND this week leading up our ALL CAPS GAME PREVIEW on Wednesday morning.

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ROUGHING THE SNAPPER: #5 Notre Dame escapes UNC shootout


Roughing the Snapper was trending nationally on Twitter today. So was Everett Golson and #UNCvsND. Yep the nation was watching as a crucial roughing the snapper penalty against the North Carolina Tar Heels gave the #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish new life on an offensive drive which had stalled out. UNC was up 36-36 at the time and the fourth quarter was about to begin.

That’s when #8 Norkeithus Otis, who plays the Bandit position (yes, I know everything about this screams “future Key and Peele sketch”) committed the roughing the snapper, yes roughing the snapper, penalty that changed momentum, as well as the course of the game.

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Notre Dame CB KeiVarae Russell out for season, returning in ’15


Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback KeiVarae Russell was once regarded as a likely NFL first round draft pick in 2015. Mel Kiper Jr. even had him as the number one corner on his big board.

Well, that’s obviously changed now given his suspension from Notre Dame. He confirmed that he will not be returning to the Irish this season.

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Suspended 5 Notre Dame football players unlikely to play this year


It took long enough, but we finally have an answer on the “ND 5,” or the five Notre Dame football players suspended from the team while undergoing investigation for academic malfeasance. It’s been a few weeks since news of this latest off-the-field drama hit the news cycle. And it’s been a cloud hovering over the 2014 Notre Dame football season since early August, but now we have an answer.

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Notre Dame Football: good, bad and ugly thus far



(UPDATE: we finally have news regarding the suspended ND 5)

The good:

-Notre Dame football is 5-0, despite losing two very good players in KeiVarae Russell and DaVaris Daniels, as well as three solid players in Ishaq Williams, Kendall Moore and Eilar Hardy to suspension. (The five Notre Dame football players were not at practice Wednesday, that’s all we know as of yet, but we may not gain knowledge of a resolution until after the North Carolina game,)

-The passing game. Despite missing his top receiver, quarterback Everett Golson has been very accurate throwing the football at 64%. He also set a school record for consecutive completions in the win over Syracuse.

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#5 Notre Dame football vs UNC Tar Heels preview, prediction



(UPDATE: we finally have news regarding the suspended ND 5)

This is a battle of “iconic/legendary in one sport, total afterthought despite being solid in the other.” If we decide to do a Notre Dame versus North Carolina game preview ahead of the January 5th meeting in basketball, we could copy and paste the exact same sentence. UNC Tar Heels football actually has a decent history; they’ve produced a lot of great defensive players.

Today however, the program is known for it’s extremely egregious academic scandal. And this game is more about Notre Dame football not beating itself by looking ahead to the big show-down with Florida State.

It’s the cliche “trap game.” So hopefully, the media don’t fall into the trap themselves; and overkill that narrative themselves.

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Update (sort of) on 5 suspended Notre Dame football players


The University just sent out this letter/press release on the status of the five suspended Notre Dame football players. So consider this your news update on the situation. That is, if you’re into reading and deciphering legalese.  Enjoy:

The following statement can be attributed to Paul J. Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at the University of Notre Dame:

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