#7 Notre Dame vs USF Game Preview, Stats, Spread, Moneyline

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When the University of South Florida visit #7 Notre Dame on Saturday, it’ll be game filled with familiarities. USF rookie head coach Jeff Scott was Clemson’s co-offensive coordinator from 2015-2019. While calling plays for the Tigers, he oversaw an offense that made the College Football Playoff every year; winning the national championship in 2016 and 2018.

You might recall the Cotton Bowl semifinal in the latter year. Scott’s offensive coordinator is likely the only coordinator younger than Notre Dame’s Tommy Rees in all of Division 1 football. Charlie Weis Jr., 27, is the youngest on the staff and in certain circles considered a coaching prodigy.

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Notre Dame Season Opener Provided Cause to Manage Expectations

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“We hadn’t played spring ball, and we didn’t play in December. If he [Tyler James] was expecting that we were going to come out like a shiny new car, he’s been reading too much internet chatter.”

-Brian Kelly 

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#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Duke Blue Devils Game Preview

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The 2020 season, one that will feature Atlantic Coast Conference opponents only, kicks off for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when the Duke Blue Devils come to South Bend on Saturday. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said a little less than a month ago that ND’s familiarity with their 2020 opponents will work to their advantage.

“We have a great deal of respect for the opponents we’ve played in the ACC,” Kelly said shortly after training camp began. “They’re well coached. There are different systems, both on offense and defense, you’re going to get a variety.”

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The Complicated Story of Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, Part 3 of 3

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With Lou Holtz being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, days after the University of Notre Dame publicly distanced themselves from the man, we present Holtz’s story at ND, in three parts.

“The world needs a university grounded in a commitment to love one’s neighbor – to debate how prosperous societies will respond to the grinding and dehumanizing poverty in which so much of the world lives.”

-Father John I. Jenkins

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The Complicated Story of Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, Part 2 of 3

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With Lou Holtz being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, days after the University of Notre Dame publicly distanced themselves from the man, we present Holtz’s story at ND, in three parts.

“Our faith inspires our use of reason, and our reason sharpens our understanding of faith. Together, they both serve in the search for truth…a Catholic university rejects a faith that trumps all claims of reason, and rejections a rationalism that preempts all claims of faith. 

-Father John I. Jenkins 

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The Complicated Story of Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, Part 1 of 3

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With Lou Holtz being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, days after the University of Notre Dame publicly distanced themselves from the man, we present Holtz’s story at ND, in three parts.

“What is the role of a Catholic university? Pope John Paul II wrote that our proper activity is ‘Learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better.’

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2020 Notre Dame Football Season Preview: Defense

2019 for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended on a high note. The team finished the season 11-2 with a dominant 33-9 victory over Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl, and ranked 11th and 12th respectively in the final AP and Coaches polls.

The 2020 season for Notre Dame will be a strange one. The peculiarity of only 20% capacity being allowed in to the stadium, the mandatory face coverings and social distancing guidelines required for the lucky few in attendance and the lack of tailgating on campus this autumn will pale in comparison to Notre Dame joining a conference for the first time in 42 years. 2020 will be the year of coronavirus and the Fighting Irish of the ACC.

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2020 Notre Dame Football Season Preview: Offense

2019 for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended on a high note. The team finished the season 11-2 with a dominant 33-9 victory over Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl, and ranked 11th and 12th respectively in the final AP and Coaches polls.

The 2020 season for Notre Dame will be a strange one. The peculiarity of only 20% capacity being allowed in to the stadium, the mandatory face coverings and social distancing guidelines required for the lucky few in attendance and the lack of tailgating on campus this autumn will pale in comparison to Notre Dame joining a conference for the first time in 42 years. 2020 will be the year of coronavirus and the Fighting Irish of the ACC.

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2020 Notre Dame Football Predicted Record, Expected Depth Chart

2019 for the Notre Dame football program ended on a high note. The team finished the season 11-2 with a dominant 33-9 victory over Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl, and ranked 11th and 12th respectively in the final AP and Coaches polls.

The 2020 season for Notre Dame will be a strange one. The peculiarity of only 20% capacity being allowed in to the stadium, the mandatory face coverings and social distancing guidelines required for the lucky few in attendance and the lack of tailgating on campus this autumn will pale in comparison to Notre Dame joining a conference for the first time in 42 years. 2020 will be the year of coronavirus and the Fighting Irish of the ACC.

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Notre Dame to Allow Fans at 20% Capacity this Season

To quote Aaron Burr, as depicted in Hamilton, “alright so we’re doing this.” Despite COVID-19 outbreaks at three different member schools, including Notre Dame, the ACC is deciding to press on with playing college football this season.

Of course, there will be numerious safety protocols and social distancing guidelines in place, and ND announced several of those on Monday. Playing college football amidst a pandemic, especially in a non-bubble format, is risky to say the least.

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Lou Holtz Statue Removal? Time to Strongly Consider it

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Every statue of a human being is at least a little bit problematic. That’s because all human beings have real flaws. Typically, statues of people become more problematic over time, as society progresses and more enlightened standards emerge, and are then retroactively applied to people who are no longer with us.

It’s very rare that a statue has severe “issues” of who it represents while that person is still alive, but that’s exactly what’s happening now with Lou Holtz, and his bronzed, sculpted image at the southwest corner of Notre Dame Stadium.

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Brian Kelly Says Notre Dame Likes Familiarity of All-ACC Schedule

Due to scheduling agreement reached several years ago, Notre Dame plays a handful of ACC teams each season. The 2020 season, if it does indeed happen, will see the Fighting Irish playing an all ACC schedule. If all goes well, the Irish could even find themselves playing for the first conference title, and in the first conference championship game, in school history.

As it stands, the season opener is scheduled for less than a month from now, Sept 12, against Duke (ND leads the all-time series 3-2. Today brought the very first day of practice in pads, and with it, full contact drills. Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly met the media today, via Zoom, and discussed the no-contact rules college football had set up until this month.

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