#3 Georgia Bulldogs vs #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Game Preview, Prediction

There’s a narrative right now that the southeast corner of the United States plays superior college football to the rest of the nation. That narrative exists, because well, the recent results say that it’s absolutely correct. Clemson and Alabama currently have a duopoly, and then you have the #3 Georgia Bulldogs right below the two juggernauts, still unable to break through to the highest rung. Is this the year they finally do?

For fans of the #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, it’s been Georgia on my mind since essentially late first quarter of the New Mexico blowout. Last week, both ND and Georgia had what were essentially glorified pregame walk-throughs for what is the first banner headliner game of the college football season.   [Read more…]

2020 NFL Mock Draft 9-18-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, right here, right now. It’s our fourth 2020 NFL mock draft update, and the order was based on a combination of NFL.com’s power rankings plus how we see the teams finishing the season out. Team needs were sometimes, but not often taken into account, as it’s just way too early to factor in. Obviously this will be modified many times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day.

So I implore you to really not take this very seriously, and just have fun with it. Please refrain from pointless hostility and needless acrimony in the comments section. Don’t be that guy. You have too much to do in your life than to waste it on trivial online conflict like that. Enjoy!

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Where #7 Notre Dame Must Improve when they Travel to #3 Georgia

For both #7 Notre Dame and #3 Georgia, Saturday’s opponents served as mere warm-ups for the potentially playoff eliminating game next week. ND throttled New Mexico 66-14 in a game that, if it were on the high school level, would have employed a running clock for much of it.

ND’s 66 points were the most they have scored in a home opener since they defeated Haskell (now the Haskell Indian Nations University located in Lawrence, Kansas) 73-0 way back in 1932 (when they were coached by Hunk Anderson). As for Georgia, they absolutely whomped Arkansas State 55-0, in a game that was essentially a glorified pregame walk-through for next week.

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#7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs New Mexico Lobos Game Preview

The return of former head coach Bob Davie to Notre Dame was slated to be the headline story for Saturday’s Fighting Irish home opener against New Mexico, but he won’t be there due to a health scare. Davie hasn’t released any specifics on what happened to him, but the good news is he’s alright in the grand scheme of things.

He also said that he’ll be back coaching the team this season. In the meantime, New Mexico run game coordinator/offensive line coach Saga Tuitele will serve as interim head coach, and he’ll lead the Lobos into South Bend on Saturday.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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Republishing from 9-16-17

To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Keys to Julian Love Finding Success with the New York Giants

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It’s a question that has been asked many times since Notre Dame got blown out by Clemson 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl semifinal last season- what if Julian Love had been able to play the entire game? What if the best cover corner in college football last year didn’t have to miss a significant portion of the game in order to enter concussion protocol?

The game was still close when Love exited, and the stats show that Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn’t start completing deep passes for massive gains until the Westchester, Illinois native left the field.

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Notre Dame Secondary Perhaps 2019’s Most Intriguing Position Group

There are numerous strengths on this 2019 Notre Dame football team, most notably the depth at defensive end, experience on both lines and of course the return of starting quarterback Ian Book. However, the most intriguing position group might be the secondary.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said at Media Day that the team’s number one key to success this season will be their ability to stop the run, and the defensive backs will be a big factor into that equation. It’s also going to be fascinating to see who steps up to replace Julian Love, the CB1 of all CB1s last fall.

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2019 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Season Preview, Predictions

Last season you saw just how close, but yet at the same time also how far the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are to winning their first national title since 1988. The Fighting Irish didn’t give eventual national champion Clemson much of a fight, with the game result settled by midway through the second quarter.

Like the best roller skates available on the market today, Clemson absolutely rolled Alabama in the national title game, in a manner even more lopsided than how they handled Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl semifinal. Early preseason polls believe Clemson will just keep on rolling past everybody this year too. 

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Notre Dame Football News and Notes: Asst. Coaches Media Day Session

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Happy 2019 Notre Dame football Media Day everyone! This year brought a new format for media availability, and with that, we must adjust when it comes to our coverage. Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly led off the day, as is tradition, with his press conference in the auditorium at The Gug.

After that, things were switched up in regards to assistant coach media availability, as all ten full time assistants came to the podium after Brian Kelly. Each individual coach was then given a ten minute Q&A with the assembled media. So we’ll run through the news, notes and notable quotables from the day in two parts.

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Notre Dame Football News and Notes: Brian Kelly Media Day Session

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Happy 2019 Notre Dame football Media Day everyone! This year brought a new format for media availability, and with that, we must adjust when it comes to our coverage. Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly led off the day, as is tradition, with his press conference in the auditorium at The Gug.

After that, things were switched up in regards to assistant coach media availability, as all ten full time assistants came to the podium after Brian Kelly. Each individual coach was then given a ten minute Q&A with the assembled media. So we’ll run through the news, notes and notable quotables from the day in two parts.

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Notre Dame a National Title Contender: What are the Odds?

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In the College Football Playoff Playoff last season you saw just how close, but yet at the same time how far the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are to winning another national title. The Irish didn’t give eventual national champions Clemson much of a fight, with the game result not at all in doubt by midway through the second quarter.

Still, it was a better showing than the last time they played for the big prize, back in 2012. Clemson went on to roll Alabama in the national title game, in a manner even more lopsided than how they thrashed Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl semifinal.

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Liverpool FC Manager Jurgen Klopp Very Impressed by Notre Dame Stadium

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp described Notre Dame Stadium as “brilliant” tonight. His Reds began their preseason tour of the United States tonight with a 3-2 friendly defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund at The House that Knute Rockne Built. Over 43,000 battled the abnormally sweltering mid-July heat to watch the clash at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Yesterday, when Klopp held his prematch news conference, he had seen Notre Dame’s college football facilities, but he hadn’t seen the stadium as of yet. His inability to say anything about it led to some news outlets misinterpreting his comments, and taking it out of context.

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