Why Notre Dame QB Ian Book Fits in with the New Orleans Saints

In his media opps with the Notre Dame media heading into the NFL Draft, quarterback Ian Book often spoke of his height, and how that was holding his draft stock down.

“Not many people thought he’d get picked in the fourth round,” said Book’s college coach, Brian Kelly, on media Zoom this morning. “Now he’s got a chance to compete for a starting position.” Book was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 28th pick of the fourth round (133rd overall).

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Notre Dame to Chargers Pipeline Could Continue in NFL Draft

The Los Angeles (it’s still difficult to not call them San Diego) Chargers are beloved by some neutrals and even non-football fans due to their powder blue and yellow color scheme. Many will tell you that their uniforms are the best in the league. They do have a dark navy blue offering, which is somewhat reminiscent of Notre Dame.

Just turn that yellow a bit closer to gold and you’ve got it, and by it I mean “Notre Dame Southwest.” The 2020 roster had four former Fighting Irish players on the roster: Donte Vaughn Alohi Gilman, Drue Tranquill and Jerry Tillery.

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2021 NFL Mock Draft 4-29-21 Final Edition

Welcome to our latest of our 2021 NFL mock draft! You can get ready for the NFL draft this weekend (Thu-Sat) with BetQL’s National Football League odds. They’ll come in handy this NFL season too. The 2021 NFL talking season begins now, starting Thursday night, and you’ll need to do your due diligence, so that you can have all the vital stats and information.

Far as we know, we’re the only independently owned, mom and pop shop website that produces a mock draft for all four major American sports. For our latest MLB mock draft go here, the latest NBA mock is linked here and the NHL can be found here.

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2022 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

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Welcome to our very first 2022 NFL mock draft! For our latest 2021 NFL mock go here. Team needs were sometimes, but mostly not taken into account here. Our projections for the 2021 Draft were rarely, but most often not taken into account. The order is of course based on how we feel the NFL will play itself out in 2021.

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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Notre Dame Gets Year Probation by NCAA for Recruiting Violations

The NCAA placed Notre Dame football on one year probation today, due to recruiting violations. Two violations (impermissible text messages to a recruit, impermissible meeting with another) were commited by an unidentified and now former assistant coach.

These violations were considered Level II, on the four tiered system, with IV being considered the most severe. Additionally, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was found to have committed a Level III infraction, for his impermissible off-campus contact with a prospect.

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#1 Alabama vs #4 Notre Dame: College Football Playoff Semifinal Preview

Notre Dame, and this applies to the Oklahoma Sooners as well, have become the Washington Generals of the top tier. While that can be taken as a pejorative, hey, at least they’re getting into the top tier, which is more than you can for 125 or so other college football programs.

The ACC title game, which ND lost 34-10 (a late, meaningless touchdown window dressed the final score) means it’s now three times in the BCS/College Football Playoff era that the Fighting Irish have played a postseason game where there was so much more at stake than in your typical bowl game.

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Notre Dame to ACC? Jim Phillips Could be the Guy to Make it Happen

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We’re not saying Notre Dame football will join the ACC on a permanent basis, but if it’s going to happen, then 2021 is the year that the ball could get rolling. Will we ever see Fighting Irish football in a conference? Well, this is the time that the stars are aligning to potentially make that possible.

Jim Phillips completes his stint as Northwestern Athletic Director next year, and he’ll replace the retiring John Swofford as the new Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner. If anybody can get it done, it’s a wheeler-dealer like Phillips. If you saw first hand some of what he’s accomplished at NU, then you can see why he could be the key figure/difference maker in getting the deal done.

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Brian Kelly Approaches Notre Dame Wins Record, Biggest Wins and Losses, Part 3

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three wins behind Knute Rockne for the most all time by a Fighting Irish mentor. So an ACC title game win tomorrow (game preview at this link), plus two College Football Playoff victories and he would end the 2020 season knotted up with the patriarch of ND Football.

In a case of very strange coincidence, or perhaps just the circle of life, Rockne’s first season in charge was 1918. And as you might have read about online, or seen on the news, 1918 and 2020 have something in common, so how strange it would be if Kelly can tie the mark this season.

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#2 Notre Dame vs #3 Clemson: ACC Title Game Odds, TV Info, Preview

When the #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet the #3 Clemson Tigers next week, it will be a rematch of both a regular season game and a 2018 College Football Playoff semifinal.

The 2020 ACC title game will kickoff at 4pm EST in Charlotte, and the team that won the previous meeting is actually the underdog here. That is certainly understandable given the circumstances involved.

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Brian Kelly Nearing ND Victory Record, List of Biggest Wins, Losses

For #2 Notre Dame the ACC Title Game, against #4 Clemson kicks off Saturday night in Charlotte. The 10-0 (9-0 in ACC play) Fighting Irish handed the Tigers (9-1, 8-1) their only loss of the season back on Nov. 7. Yet the Irish are underdogs here again, almost as substantially an underdog as they were last mont when the two teams clashed in South Bend.

If you’re into sports betting  then you probably know that Clemson are 7.5 point favorites here, with a moneyline of -350. The Irish were 8 point dogs heading into the big upset of the then #1 Tigers. For this game, the moneyline prices them at +260.

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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 from a previous year because it’s Christmas time)

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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Brian Kelly Nearing ND Victory Record, List of Biggest Wins, Losses Part 1

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Yesterday, in a blowout of Syracuse on Senior Day, Ian Book become the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He led the Fighting Irish to victory number 30, by the score of 45-21 over the Orange, and now the ACC Title Game against Clemson awaits a week from Saturday.

As one ND victory record falls, another one approaches. Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three behind Knute Rockne for the most wins all time by a Fighting Irish Head Coach. So an ACC title game win, plus two College Football Playoff victories and he would end the 2020 season knotted up with the Godfather of ND Football.

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