Notre Dame Football: Best Rushing Team in the Country, Period

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When the first college football playoff rankings came out last Tuesday, we saw this Notre Dame football team ranked #3, and hypothetically matched-up with #2 Alabama in a rematch of the 2012 National Championship game. It naturally evoked memories of what Bama did to to the Fighting Irish that fateful night- really run roughshod right over ’em.

That’s also exactly what this current Notre Dame football team is doing to everybody; period.

The Fighting Irish will run at, through, over and around you. Trust try and stop them. Even if you somehow know what they’re doing, just try and stop it.

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Notre Dame Football: Five Things to Watch vs Wake Forest

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Notre Dame football fans got a nice treat in their Halloween bag when the College Football Playoff committee ranked them #3 Tuesday night. That’s higher than the Fighting Irish currently reside in either poll. It’s also pretty remarkable when you consider what the preseason expectations were for this team, coming off a disastrous 4-8 mark in 2016.

However, you can’t take the foot off the gas now as ND welcomes a very solid Wake Forest team to South Bend.

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Josh Adams Deserves the Heisman Hype that Saquon Barkley Receives

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The Josh Adams versus Saquon Barkley Heisman Trophy debate reminds me of this prose from the Detroit poet Marshall Mathers:

Biggie and Pac just missed all this
Watchin’ all these cheap imitations get rich off ’em
And get dollars that shoulda been theirs like they switched wallets

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Notre Dame Football, Chase Claypool Get National Pub from Adnan Virk

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This past weekend, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said that his junior tailback Josh Adams just isn’t really getting a lot of national media love right now. Adams leads the Fighting Irish, who rank sixth nationally as a team in yards rushing per game, with 658 yards (131.6 per contest) on the ground this season.

He’s averaging 9.01 yards per carry, and ranks fourth nationally in total rushing yards.

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Brian Kelly Admits He Finally Had an Epiphany About Run Game

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The most poignant, insightful and clearest big picture soundbite from Brian Kelly following his team’s 52-17 trouncing over Miami of Ohio related to the Notre Dame run game. Kelly has been known throughout his career known as a pass first head coach, and as one who doesn’t like to delegate to the play-calling abilities much.

Given his situation entering this season, and the personnel on the current roster, he had commit fully to the run.

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Notre Dame Football Winning Facilities Arms Race with New Upgrades

If I were Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, and I was sitting in one of the suites in the highest levels of the Notre Dame football Stadium, I would say inside my head:

“Now witness the POWER of this FULLY operational battle station!”

Swarbrick had built a palace of a cathedral of a monument to college football, and everyone else should take note because the Golden Domers have re-established the gold standard.

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Notre Dame RB Josh Adams Feels Fine After Ankle Knock, HUGE 1st Quarter

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Notre Dame junior running back Josh Adams had an absolutely monster first quarter during his team’s 52-17 rout of the Miami Redhawks. However, an ankle injury forced him out of the game shortly after he topped 150 yards rushing in just the first eight minutes.

At that point, college football gurus observing this game could have envisioned a Melvin Gordon, Samaje Perine kind of game, until he took the knock on his foot.

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#22 Notre Dame Football vs Miami of Ohio Game Preview

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This week’s Notre Dame football game is all about coaching connections, as the Fighting Irish welcome Miami of Ohio, led by a very familiar face to Notre Dame Stadium. The RedHawks are led by Chuck Martin, who was an assistant under the very first Brian Kelly staff at ND in 2010.

Martin stayed with the Irish until 2013, serving as offensive coordinator for the final two seasons he was at Notre Dame. He took the Miami of Ohio job in 2014. Martin came to ND from Grand Valley State, where he led thr program to a 74-7 record in six years, taking over the program once Kelly (118-35-2 in 13 years at GVSU) left for the Central Michigan job.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview: Week 4 vs Michigan State Spartans

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Time to cue up all the usual 1966 references as Spartan Stadium hosts a Michigan State versus Notre Dame football clash once again. There will be numerous allusions to their legendary meeting that November in East Lansing, which ended in a 10-10 tie. It’s considered one of the greatest and most controversial college football games of all time, as both teams finished the season ranked #1 in several polls.

The Fighting Irish head coach that storied season was Ara Parseghian, who we just last month. MSU was led back then by Duffy Daugherty.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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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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Athletic vs Academic Scholarships for Student-Athletes

There is confusion on how academic scholarships and athletic scholarships work. For example, if an NCAA Division II institution offers you a partial scholarship you can still use academic aid to cover your tuition. About 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview vs #15 Georgia Bulldogs

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If you’re a Notre Dame football fan, I’m sure you said to yourself last weekend: “now that’s how you open the season!”

Absolutely annihilating your first opponent- that’s the best way to move past a disastrous season last year, and that’s exactly what the Fighting Irish did with a total destruction of Temple, 49-16. Now the stakes get significantly raised as the Irish punch up a few weight classes.

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