#3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #12 Syracuse Orange Preview and Prediction

If the journey to a college football playoff berth was an airplane in flight, then the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have now entered the airspace of the final destination. If the Fighting Irish can win these final two games, then they will land in the CFP.

To preview this week’s clash versus Syracuse in Yankee Stadium, we switched up the format. We invited a Syracuse alum and sports media professional, WBBM Newsradio anchor/reporter Dave Kerner, to an email conversation about Cuse football and how they match-up against the Irish in this one.
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Northern Illinois Football Game Preview: Mallory Cup vs Miami (Ohio)

Northern Illinois football can clinch the MAC West title with a victory in either of their last two games: Wednesday night against Miami of Ohio, or the following Tuesday November 20th at Western Michigan. After winning the division six years straight, 2010-2015, NIU was an also-ran in the division the past two seasons.

Now they are on the precipice of returning to the Mid-American Conference championship game in Detroit, and with it reclaiming their position as the gold standard for #MACtion excellence in the 2010s. The Huskies have won the conference title three times this decade (2011, 2012, 2014) and will almost certainly meet Buffalo in the conference title game.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 11-13-18

It’s 2019 NFL mock draft time! The order is based on how teams have performed up until this point in this season, and what is expected of them the rest of the campaign. For more on the race to the bottom, for the #1 overall pick, go to this link.

Team needs were sometimes, but mostly, not taken into account, as it’s still early for a 2019 mock draft in the purest sense. Have issues with the mock draft picks? Of course you do!

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Chris Collins on His Reaction to Northwestern Winning the Big Ten West

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“There’s no bigger fan of their program than me,” said Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins in regards to Northwestern football and their historic victory on Saturday.

Northwestern, football variety, has clinched the first Big Ten title game appearance in school history, and they did it with two games still left to play thanks to the fact that both Wisconsin and Purdue lost on Saturday, supplementing NU’s double digit upset win in Iowa City. 

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Notre Dame Obliterates Florida St. Days After “Game of the Century” 25th Anniversary

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This past Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of arguably the most meaningful game in Notre Dame Stadium history, and it was against the very same opponents that the currently #3 Fighting Irish faced that evening: the Florida State Seminoles.

In terms of modern college football, it was probably the most impactful regular season contest you’ll ever see: #1 9-0 Florida State lost to  9-0 Notre Dame, 31-24, in what was billed “The Game of the Century.” It was one of those rare contests that actually lived up to the hype too; that’s how memorable is was. Tonight’s affair between Florida State and Notre Dame in South Bend? Eh, not so much.

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Notre Dame Football: Who is the Biggest Remaining Obstacle to a CFP Berth?

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Your 2018 Notre Dame football team is currently 9-0, having just bested the Northwestern Wildcats 31-21 in Evanston. Notre Dame entered the game ranked third in the AP and coaches’ polls, and fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings- the only poll that truly matters these days.

If ND is unable to stay perfect in their final three games- will their playoff chances demise with them? What if we see more losses from the top teams down the stretch? Does that mean that more than one single loss team will get into the final four?

What we do know for certain is that two losses, by any combination, will kibosh any team’s playoff chances. So where do the biggest challenges lie down the stretch for the Fighting Irish?

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Why 2018 Northwestern is Sort of Like 2016-17 Manchester United

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As the tired cliché goes “you can only play the opponents in front of you.” Building off that, you can’t control who is in your league, and how strong or weak they are. Another shopworn platitude “a win’s a win” is certainly true, especially in cases where the sample size, the opportunities for wins, losses and draws were significant.

These lessons certainly applied to Manchester United in 2016-17, the first year Jose Mourinho was in charge and they achieved a sorta kinda “plastic treble.” You can’t really describe that team as good, or bad, but you must give them kudos for being “achieved.” The current Northwestern football team is quite similar, not actually good, nor bad either though, and just kind of mediocre.

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#3 Notre Dame Football Game Preview: Week 10 vs Florida State Seminoles

You can’t ask for a more college football blue blood match-up than this. The Notre Dame football program will have their 2018 Senior Day under the lights when they welcome the Florida State Seminoles to South Bend. FSU are in serious danger of seeing their current streak of 41 consecutive winning seasons come to an end. That number of 41 is good for 2nd in FBS history, trailing only the 42 straight accomplished by, wait for it, Notre Dame 1889-1932.

FSU’s 36 straight bowl game appearance streak is in serious jeopardy too. Should this streak, which began with the 1982 Gator Bowl, come to an end, it will still be the #1 streak ever in this regard. Nebraska went to 35 bowls from 1969-2003. The next highest current active streak is Virginia Tech at 25.

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Ryan Leaf EXCLUSIVE: Former QB Opens Up About His Addiction and Recovery

In the first college football game I attended as a student, the visiting team scored an 80-yard touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage. The visitors, Washington State, would go on to win and play in the Rose Bowl against that year’s eventual national champions, Michigan. The home team, my alma mater of Illinois, wouldn’t even win a single game that year.

More than 20 years later, I’m sitting in a Cadillac Escalade, rolling down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and the quarterback who threw that 80-yard TD pass, Ryan Leaf, is now granting me an exclusive interview; and the topic of football is ancillary to the purpose of our discourse.

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Ryan Leaf Overcame Opioids, Prison to Become Inspirational Recovery Advocate

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Ryan Leaf is known by many football fans as perhaps the greatest bust in NFL Draft history. His career began with an endless debate about who should be taken first in the 1998 draft- himself, or the man who did get selected first overall, Peyton Manning. While Leaf only saw 25 games of action over the course of three seasons, Manning went on to win five MVP awards, two Super Bowls and get selected to 14 Pro Bowls.

Given the elite level of Manning’s many prodigious accomplishments, Leaf’s washing out of the league by age 26 seems even more disappointing by comparison. That’s extremely unfair on many levels to Ryan Leaf, but unfortunately that is how this chapter in the book of sports history has been written.

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Northwestern Football: the Road Map to a Big Ten Title Game Appearance

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If you’re tired of seeing Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game all the time, well, a.) you’re far from alone, and b.) it looks like a change could be coming. The Badgers now face very long odds of getting back to Indianapolis this year. The first Saturday in December could see the Badgers football team doing some Christmas shopping, playing blast golf, watching the conference championship games on television or some other type of recreational activity. One thing they probably won’t be doing is playing college football at night in Indy.  

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Tommy Rees Exclusive: Notre Dame QB Coach Prepares for De Facto Homecoming Game

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Northwestern’s Ryan Field should be rocking Saturday night when undefeated and #3 Notre Dame come calling for the first time since 1976. It will be extra special for Tommy Rees, Notre Dame quarterbacks coach and one of the most accomplished passers in school history. Rees is a Lake Forest native who grew up a bit of a Northwestern fan.

He attended a lot of Wildcats games in his youth, and Northwestern was a factor in his recruiting process before he decided on Notre Dame. Once Northwestern committed to Trevor Siemian, Rees looked elsewhere. He ended up leaving South Bend among the top five in 21 different single-game, single-season or career passing categories, including the highest career pass completion percentage in school history.

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