Malik Zaire Candid on College Football Coaching World (Exclusive)

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Playing football for Notre Dame comes with a tremendous amount of pressure. It’s a storied program, with weekly nationally televised games and an international fan base. I caught up with former quarterback Malik Zaire to discuss what it’s like to play for the Fighting Irish and the challenges he faced during his time in the program. 

In regards to Notre Dame’s 12-7 win against unranked Lousiville in October, Zaire said, “It’s definitely a lot of pressure that you put on yourself as an offense to perform. There are hidden gems in the offense, and it can be pretty frustrating only to score 7 points.”

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Fighting Irish Playoff Odds Favorable, National Title Odds Long

For the fourth time since their most recent national title, in 1988, Notre Dame football is playing late season games with national title implications. In 1993, 2012 and 2018, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in the mix for the biggest prize of all, but ultimately fell short.

Is this the season that the Irish finally get over the hump and hit the jackpot? As it stands, they’re undefeated, ranked #2 in the nation and facing odds which aren’t bad at all.

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#10 Wisconsin Badgers at #19 Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview

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Here we go again with another Big Ten West division elimination game. The #19 Northwestern Wildcats are 4-0 and in the division driver’s seat. The #10 Wisconsin Badgers come in undefeated, but having played just two games, and they really can’t afford to lose at all, because if they have one more game postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will be ineligible for the league championship.

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2021 NFL Mock Draft 11-17-20

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Welcome to version 2.0 of our 2021 NFL mock draft. For the 202o edition go here. For our final 2020 MLB mock draft go here, the latest NBA mock is linked here and the NHL can be found at this link.

Far as we know, we’re the only independently owned, mom and pop shop style website that makes a mock draft for all four major sports. Also, here is the link to a list of 70 of the worst NFL Draft cliches, buzzwords and other pointless word salad.

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Extreme Overreaction to Ian Book is Consistently Puzzling

For the most part, Ian Book is who he is and if you’ve been paying close attention, he’s conveyed that to you consistently since 2017. Yes, he’s certainly taken a step or two forward in mid-season this year, but the polarization that surrounds him has always been quite puzzling to me.

After the big historic win over Clemson, he’s now been deemed by many Notre Dame fans as greater than Joe Montana, Joe Theismann, Rick Mirer and Tony Rice combined. When he was previously struggling, other Domers slandered him as worse than Ron Powlus on his worse day.

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Illini Basketball vs Football Contrast is as Stark as Ever

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If you are a supporter of University of Illinois athletics there are certain truths that you hold dear. If you’re an alum, student, aspiring student, family member of the aforementioned groups, townie et al. you know that almost every fall brings the “it’s basketball season now” moment.

Pulling off an upset at Rutgers yesterday didn’t change that. The fact that Illini football was actually an underdog at Rutgers tells you everything you need to know about why mentally checking out on football is, like the late great Wilford Brimley said of Quaker Oats, the right thing to do.

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Holy War: #2 Notre Dame at Boston College Game Preview

As the Irish travel this Saturday to Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, for a road game against Boston College, they’re entering into what the modern lexicon refers to as a trap game. A trap game is when a stronger opponent overlooks a weaker one for those unfamiliar with the term, resulting in the better team losing. 

What better setting for a trap game than against the Boston College Eagles in the Holy War? 

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#23 Northwestern at Purdue (De Facto B1G West Title) Game Preview

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“And then you may ask yourself, well, how I did get here?” is arguably the most memorable line in the Talking Heads classic tune “Once in a Lifetime.”

Yes, how is it this early (W-L record wise, not calendar wise) and the Big Ten West division title could be decided on Saturday, and that decision will be reached by either Northwestern (3-0) or Purdue (2-0).

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Notre Dame Field Storming: Conflicted is the Only Way to Feel

What an amazing Saturday! Joe Biden officially ends the Donald Trump Reign of Terror and Notre Dame achieves their biggest win since 1993. So let’s celebrate both! Okay, sure but wear a mask, and keep your distance!

Uhmm, well some people did, but others definitely did not. But what a great moment for these Notre Dame kids! The biggest win of the Brian Kelly era, and it comes during the most watched ND home game in a decade in a half!

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D.J. Uiagalelei: the Next Clemson Star QB in the Making

This Saturday, the #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are hosting the #1 Clemson Tigers in what is undoubtedly the game of the year. The Tigers will be without their star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, who contracted COVID-19.

Before becoming the consensus number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Lawrence was a freshman phenomenon who unseated a 19-2 senior quarterback from the starting role. He went on to lead the Tigers to their second national championship, under Dabo Swinney.

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#4 Notre Dame vs #1 Clemson Game Preview, Prediction

If you’re reading this, you’ve been looking forward to this game all year. Saturday’s game has the potential not only to be the game of the year, but it could also become an instant classic and then a game to be remembered for years to come. 

In order for that to happen, however, Notre Dame must overcome an ugly precedent set over the past 20 years. After going 1-19 versus Top 5 opponents in their last 20, the team is due for a much-needed win over No. 1 Clemson.

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Notre Dame vs Clemson: Then (2018) and Now (2020)

It’s #1 Clemson at #4 Notre Dame Saturday night, in the biggest game of the year so far in college football. This game is also a rematch of the Tigers’ rout in the 2018 Cotton Bowl semifinal, so naturally we’ll be revisiting that.

With this in mind, I got back in touch with the man who was next to me all season long in the ND press box that season, Jon Opiela. (Game preview at this link)

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