#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #21 Navy Midshipmen Game Preview

As we enter into the home stretch of the season, who would have thought that Navy might end up being the signature win for the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish? The Midshipmen come to town ranked #21 in the nation, and no one that the Irish have beaten this season are still currently ranked in the top 25.

So we’ll see what happens Saturday, and how both teams end up finishing the campaign, but given ND’s remaining schedule, and the fact that Virginia, Virginia Tech and USC are not likely to end the season in the top 25, this might be the Fighting Irish’s biggest resume win; should they emerge victorious on Saturday. It won’t be easy though, as ND will be limited and series and possessions, meaning they’ll need to capitalize almost every time that they have the ball.

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Notre Dame Escape Va Tech, Achieve Potentially Season Defining Win

At his weekly press conference, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said today’s meeting with Virginia Tech was about a lot more than bowl games and playoff appearances. Kelly said this was about purpose and motivation, “what is your why” he said specifically.

The blowout at Michigan last week ended what was left of ND’s playoff chances, and it also put the Fighting Irish in a spot where a New Year’s Six bowl berth was highly unlikely. A third loss on the season, a potential scenario that was just seconds away from unfolding, (at home no less, which would have ended a 15 game Notre Dame Stadium win streak), would have put an end to the NY6 hopes. However, quarterback Ian Book and the rest of the Notre Dame football team found their “why,” and pulled it out 21-20.

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Notre Dame 14, Virginia Tech 14: First Half Notes and Tidbits

Jafar Armstrong is now fully back; and healthy. It looked like the story of the first half was the feature back’s redemption/comeback story…until his lost fumble. It’s the first time Armstrong has lost the ball since November 15, 2015.

Unfortunately, the lost fumble resulted in a 98 yard touchdown return by Virginia Tech’s Divine Deablo, which tied the game, just before halftime. Despite a 243-85 advantage in yards gained, ND is knotted up with VT at 14 at the break.

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#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Tech Hokies Game Preview

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach Brian Kelly met the media today for his weekly Monday news conference and he had a lot to say, big picture about the season and what’s left of it. ND didn’t have much of a shot at the college football playoff heading into the Michigan blowout, but the sliver of CFP hopes got washed away in the Ann Arbor monsoon Saturday night.

“We got what we deserved and Michigan outplayed us,” Kelly said. “They out-hustled us. They were more physical. They out-coached us. And, you know, those things unfortunately are the realities of it.”

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#7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #20 Michigan Wolverines Game Preview, Prediction

Tell me again why the #20 Michigan Wolverines are favored this weekend at home over the #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with the visitors having had an extra week to prepare for this game? ND’s body of work this season is much more impressive than Michigan’s and Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh is just 1-10 against top-10 teams in his career.

He has as many wins against top 10 teams at Michigan as Lovie Smith now has at Illinois. And as anyone who makes free college football predictions will tell you, he is 0-8 as an underdog. But hey, maybe Vegas knows something I don’t. Or they really believe in that Big House home field advantage; A LOT!

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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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#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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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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#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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