Tony Jones Leads Formidable and Balanced Notre Dame Ground Game

It’s bye week for #9 Notre Dame, and that gives the Fighting Irish a chance to get extra preparation and additional rest for their next game, a week from Saturday at #16 Michigan. The bye week also gives us in the media a chance to a deep dive on a position group- in this case the running backs.

Near the top of the bye week priority list for the Irish is getting junior Jafar Armstrong, the back who entered the season #1 on the depth chart, fully re-integrated into the offense. Armstrong (6′, 220) suffered a soft-tissue injury to his groin/ab region during the opener at Louisville, and #8 didn’t return until Saturday night against USC.

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#3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview, Prediction

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As Mark Twain famously said: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”

Just ten months ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats met for the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. While the Buckeyes were sizable favorites, with almost all the free college football picks predicting a decisive OSU victory in that game, you still had two teams clashing on relatively equal footing. After all, these two teams, despite the contrast, were both division champions in the same conference.

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Mark Dantonio Hostile Response to Valid Query Raises Questions About His Future

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Mark Dantonio will step down at the end of this season, and more fuel was added to that fire this past weekend.

When Dantonio addresses the media tomorrow, at his weekly news conference, the very first thing he should do is apologize for his classless outburst in Madison on Saturday. After his team was blown out 38-0 at Wisconsin, he was asked a very fair and honest question, by a reporter with no previous history of exceedingly harsh coverage.

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#9 Notre Dame 30-27 Win Over USC Featured FG Heroics, Friction and a Melee

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There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors, the immortal Jim Morrison once said. Notre Dame placekicker Jonathan Doerer, who replaced the school’s all-time leading scorer Justin Yoon this season, is certainly a known known as of now.

Doerer was arguably the best player in tonight’s thrilling 30-27 win by the Irish, as he drained all three of his field goal attempts- from 45, 42 and a career best 52. His heroics were certainly needed as #9 Notre Dame saw themselves facing an uphill climb, field position wise, early and often against the unranked USC Trojans.

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#9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans Game Preview, Prediction

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans, the Jeweled Shillelagh rivalry, is one unlike any in college football, or even sports in general. It’s not just the storied tradition of this series that sets it apart. You have the intersectionality of it, as it features two teams from completely different parts of the country.

It’s such a big brand name series in college football, that it even makes a brief cameo in the Bruce Willis classic Christmas film “Die Hard.” So without further ado, let’s preview!

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USC vs Notre Dame Rivalry Completely Unique Due to Intersectionality

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In the USC Trojans vs the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, you have a rivalry that doesn’t have the element of close proximity, and that makes it unlike any other in the world. Duke and North Carolina are separated by just ten miles on Tobacco Road.

Liverpool FC and Everton are separated by Stanley Park, which is just over a mile. This isn’t an in-state rivalry like Michigan State-Michigan or a border war like Michigan-Ohio State.

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In Die Hard, What Christmas Eve Bowl Game has Notre Dame vs USC?

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(Editor’s note: re-publishing this holiday season article in advance of Saturday’s annual meeting between USC and Notre Dame. Early lines have the Fighting Irish favored by 11)

This weekend begins the bowl season, and with it the crappy bowl games that very few of us care about. Saturday brings us a cadre of bowl games that are just as awful as whatever bowl game hosted Notre Dame and USC in the classic Christmas film “Die Hard.”

The total number of bowl games has multiplied at an absurd rate these past few decades, but one truth still remains- real bowl games don’t start until after Christmas, and for the most part well after Christmas. Genuinely desirable bowl games still adhere to tradition, and take place on New Year’s. (For a preview of #14 Notre Dame vs #17 LSU go to this link)

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Richard Pitino: P.J. Fleck is Doing a ‘phenomenal’ Job with Gophers Football

Richard Pitino is A+ in the press conference game, so you could easily count on him to tell it like it is at Big Ten Media Day this past Wednesday. If October 2nd seems extremely early to hold basketball Media Day, well that’s because it is really is.

It was 89 degrees in Chicago, host city for this event, the night before. Just six years ago the same event was staged on Halloween. This year it took place before many football teams even had a chance to play a fourth game. It’s all a part of outgoing Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney’s grand vision to make November and December college basketball relevant.

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Notre Dame Has Bowling Green Massacre Resolved by Halftime

You knew this was coming; the 46 point line all week told you so. While this had all the classic makings of a trap game on paper, #18 Virginia and #3 Georgia behind us, arch-rivals USC and Michigan coming up, the talent and size disparity between #9 Notre Dame and Bowling Green was too many rivers to cross.

BG held the Notre Dame offense to a three-and-out on their first series. It was all down hill for their Falcons after that. Fighting Irish starting quarterback Ian Book had a half that was more productive than a lot of teams’ starting QB whole seasons up to this point.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview

Everybody needs someone in their life who views them the way Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald looks at his offensive coordinator Mick McCall. The fact that Fitzgerald has kept McCall on his staff, in spite of all the years of poor results, epitomizes loyalty.

It’s the truest and bluest that true blue can be. We’re 1/3 of the way through the season and Northwestern ranks 128th out of 130 nationally in scoring (15.5 points per game) and 129th in yards per play at 3.93.  The Wildcats starting QB, Hunter Johnson, has one touchdown pass and 367 yards passing, in total, thus far this season.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Game Preview

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are on pace to win the national title, and quarterback Tanner Morgan is all set to claim the Heisman trophy; just like we all predicted.

In all seriousness though, there is no reason to not to have optimism about the Gophers’ chances of getting off to an 8-0 start. Of course, then reality sinks in with the back-to-back games against Penn State and Iowa, both currently ranked in the top 15. It’s like Minnesota’s schedule is a reverse mullet- business in the back, party in the front.

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#9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Bowling Green Falcons Game Preview

With a spread of 45 1/2, and an over/under of 60, it’s clear that the sports gambling world expects a Bowling Green Massacre to unfold in South Bend when the Falcons visit the #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday. Ever since this goofy figment of KellyAnne Conway’s imagination/verbal gaffe first came into the public consciousness in 2017, it’s been a popular meme and punchline.

And ever since Dino Babers left for Syracuse in 2015, we’ve seen quite a few Bowling Green massacres (#NeverForget) in college football box score form. Thus, if you’re going to be betting on this game, perhaps with genting promotional code, you’ll see that massive point spread. BGU’s past recent results mandate this.
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