Malik Zaire Candid on College Football Coaching World (Exclusive)

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Playing football for Notre Dame comes with a tremendous amount of pressure. It’s a storied program, with weekly nationally televised games and an international fan base. I caught up with former quarterback Malik Zaire to discuss what it’s like to play for the Fighting Irish and the challenges he faced during his time in the program. 

In regards to Notre Dame’s 12-7 win against unranked Lousiville in October, Zaire said, “It’s definitely a lot of pressure that you put on yourself as an offense to perform. There are hidden gems in the offense, and it can be pretty frustrating only to score 7 points.”

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Fighting Irish Playoff Odds Favorable, National Title Odds Long

For the fourth time since their most recent national title, in 1988, Notre Dame football is playing late season games with national title implications. In 1993, 2012 and 2018, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in the mix for the biggest prize of all, but ultimately fell short.

Is this the season that the Irish finally get over the hump and hit the jackpot? As it stands, they’re undefeated, ranked #2 in the nation and facing odds which aren’t bad at all.

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2021 NFL Mock Draft 11-17-20

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Welcome to version 2.0 of our 2021 NFL mock draft. For the 202o edition go here. For our final 2020 MLB mock draft go here, the latest NBA mock is linked here and the NHL can be found at this link.

Far as we know, we’re the only independently owned, mom and pop shop style website that makes a mock draft for all four major sports. Also, 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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Extreme Overreaction to Ian Book is Consistently Puzzling

For the most part, Ian Book is who he is and if you’ve been paying close attention, he’s conveyed that to you consistently since 2017. Yes, he’s certainly taken a step or two forward in mid-season this year, but the polarization that surrounds him has always been quite puzzling to me.

After the big historic win over Clemson, he’s now been deemed by many Notre Dame fans as greater than Joe Montana, Joe Theismann, Rick Mirer and Tony Rice combined. When he was previously struggling, other Domers slandered him as worse than Ron Powlus on his worse day.

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Holy War: #2 Notre Dame at Boston College Game Preview

As the Irish travel this Saturday to Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, for a road game against Boston College, they’re entering into what the modern lexicon refers to as a trap game. A trap game is when a stronger opponent overlooks a weaker one for those unfamiliar with the term, resulting in the better team losing. 

What better setting for a trap game than against the Boston College Eagles in the Holy War? 

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Notre Dame Field Storming: Conflicted is the Only Way to Feel

What an amazing Saturday! Joe Biden officially ends the Donald Trump Reign of Terror and Notre Dame achieves their biggest win since 1993. So let’s celebrate both! Okay, sure but wear a mask, and keep your distance!

Uhmm, well some people did, but others definitely did not. But what a great moment for these Notre Dame kids! The biggest win of the Brian Kelly era, and it comes during the most watched ND home game in a decade in a half!

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D.J. Uiagalelei: the Next Clemson Star QB in the Making

This Saturday, the #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are hosting the #1 Clemson Tigers in what is undoubtedly the game of the year. The Tigers will be without their star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, who contracted COVID-19.

Before becoming the consensus number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Lawrence was a freshman phenomenon who unseated a 19-2 senior quarterback from the starting role. He went on to lead the Tigers to their second national championship, under Dabo Swinney.

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#4 Notre Dame vs #1 Clemson Game Preview, Prediction

If you’re reading this, you’ve been looking forward to this game all year. Saturday’s game has the potential not only to be the game of the year, but it could also become an instant classic and then a game to be remembered for years to come. 

In order for that to happen, however, Notre Dame must overcome an ugly precedent set over the past 20 years. After going 1-19 versus Top 5 opponents in their last 20, the team is due for a much-needed win over No. 1 Clemson.

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Notre Dame vs Clemson: Then (2018) and Now (2020)

It’s #1 Clemson at #4 Notre Dame Saturday night, in the biggest game of the year so far in college football. This game is also a rematch of the Tigers’ rout in the 2018 Cotton Bowl semifinal, so naturally we’ll be revisiting that.

With this in mind, I got back in touch with the man who was next to me all season long in the ND press box that season, Jon Opiela. (Game preview at this link)

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Notre Dame Fighting a Global Pandemic Football: 1918 vs 2020

A lot of people keep saying that this college football season is one that is unlike any other, and that’s not entirely true. We did have college football during the last serious global pandemic, the Spanish Flu crisis of 1918.

That season was actually quite similar today in that it started later than usual, was shorter than standard in duration and saw some games cancelled due to an outbreak of the nasty, deadly virus. Saturday brings game six of the 2020 Notre Dame season, a campaign that is, always has been, and always will be defined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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#4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Game Preview

Did you know Georgia Tech once won a game 222-0? They were up 126-0 at halftime, and their coach decided they needed to score 96 more points — he was a jerk. That man’s name? John Heisman. 

Yes, that Heisman. Did you know that the most prestigious college football award given for “outstanding performance which best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity” is named after a guy who was a backup offensive lineman and was notorious for running up the score on opponents? His 1918 Georgia Tech football team lost one game and eclipsed 100 points three different times. They outscored opponents 466-32.

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Actual “Rudy” play: Video of Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech 1975

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“Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” ICYMI FS1 aired “Rudy” on Monday night, and the Chicago Bears did their part to make sure MNF, which directly competed with the broadcast, was not worth watching. With Notre Dame set to take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta this weekend, we bring back this post from 2015- the week before the last time the two sides met.

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