#12 Michigan State Football vs #18 Notre Dame: Game Preview, Prediction

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It’s the golden anniversary of the game of the century; and also a former Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coaches Bowl. Notre Dame football renews their rivalry with Michigan State football on Saturday night and it’s a series (lately at least) that has been as exciting and as interesting as college football can be.

If the game plays out the way it looks on paper, it’ll be another tight one. To quote Spandau Ballet, “I know this. Much is. True;” as the last ten MSU-ND match-ups have been decided by an average of 1.3 ppg.

The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.

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Mike Brey on his ESPN announcing experience (exclusive)

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When Mike Brey is done coaching at Notre Dame (he has seven years left on the contract extension he got in 2012) he may go into broadcasting. A media career could be in the works post coaching retirement and he got his first taste of doing analyst work tonight for ESPNU.

Brey called “The Basketball Tournament” live from DePaul’s on campus gym in Chicago.

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Aaron Craft’s NBA career projection: Ben Hansbrough

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If you want to forecast how the professional basketball career of over-publicized, former Ohio State guard Aaron Craft, then look at the pro career of once over-publicized, former Notre Dame guard Ben Hanbrough.

If SIU is “Floor burn U,” then Ben Hansbrough was “Captain Floor Burn.” During his college basketball career, he was even grindier than his brother Tyler Hansbrough. Ben didn’t make any preseason Big East all-conference teams, but yet he was the 2010-11 BE POY. Ben Hansbrough and Aaron Craft aren’t that similar of players, but they do have some similarities; most importantly the bottom line of what their NBA future holds.

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New England Patriots draft preview 2014- day two

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If you think it’s difficult trying to figure out what Bill Belichick is going to do in the first round of an NFL Draft, the real fun in any Patriots draft doesn’t start until the second and third rounds get going.

Belichick loves to trade down and acquire additional picks to use on day two of the draft, hoping he can find some first-round talents who may have fallen for one reason or another. Since 2007, only once has a Patriots draft not included multiple picks in at least one of the second or third round. (And that was the 2012 draft, when the Pats traded up to take Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower in the first round).

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2014 Notre Dame vs Purdue moved to Indy Lucas Oil Field

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The 2014 football game between Notre Dame and Purdue will be moved to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the Colts) instead of Notre Dame Stadium; the scheduled site for the 2014 rivalry. The game still counts as a home game for Notre Dame and will be televised on NBC at 7:30 EST. The meeting on Sept. 13 will be the last contest between the Irish and Boilermakers until Sept. 19, 2020.

The 2020 game will be held in West Lafayette at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium.

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Michigan Wolverines vs. Akron Zips: Brutally Honest Preview

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Coming off a big win over rival Notre Dame, the Michigan Wolverines look to improve their record to 3-0 against Akron. The Zips travel to Ann Arbor for a 12:01 kickoff in what will be their first meeting in the history of these football programs.

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Chicago Bears Predictions: Week One

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It’s that time of year again, folks; time for “Joestradamus” to bust out the crystal ball and make Chicago Bears predictions for 2013.

Remind me to have my legal people to look into getting “Joestradamus” trademarked, I think I’m onto something here.

Last year in my prediction series, I correctly called the first eight Chicago Bears predictions en route to a 7-1 start. Things got a bit sketchy in the third quarter when I called for three more victories while the Bears were only able to eek out one.

Let’s also not mention that I never predicted the final four games of the season…

But fear not! I’ve been inspired by the news of J’Marcus Webb signing with the Vikings to find my prime predicting form from the first half of last season.

Without further ado, I give you my first installment of my annual foray into clairvoyance.

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Notre Dame Football players discuss Twitter policies

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Twitter is one of the greatest inventions ever for a sportswriter. Is it also a blessing for Notre Dame football? Or a curse?

Twitter gives the reporter a chance to obtain legitimate quotes from players and coaches without actually having to be at the stadium. And sometimes the quotes are much more interesting than what you hear on gameday, because they haven’t been filtered. But to quote famous Notre Dame football fan Taylor Swift “trouble, trouble, trouble” can arise.

13 months ago, Notre Dame football DL Louis Nix (@IrishChocolate9) posted a tweet saying he may leave Notre Dame football and not return. That tweet caused a great deal of distraction for Coach Brian Kelly and his team, and it forced the coach to contemplate a new and stricter policy on what he deems “inappropriate” social media posts.

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Notre Dame QB Everett Golson kicked out of school for academic problems

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University of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has left the school. News of the Everett Golson departure is all over Twitter. It’s been confirmed by Notre Dame spokespeople. This situation is summed up best by South Bend sports talk radio host Craig Williams of 95.7 The Fan.

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Jake Golic leaves Fighting Irish for Cincinnati

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Jake Golic, son of ESPN’s Mike Golic, is leaving Notre Dame and will join the Cincinnati Bearcats for the 2013 season. The transfer will mark the end of the Irish football family legacy dating back to the 70’s.

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What is the Chicago Bears Biggest Need?

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It seems like such a simple question, but no one can provide a definitive answer.

In free agency, the Bears did quite a bit in terms of addressing some of their most glaring needs. The offensive tackle, tight end, and linebacker positions were all upgraded.

But with the NFL Draft less than a week away, predictions are still all over the board for who the Bears may take with the 20th selection.

In my opinion, this is a two-horse race: offensive lineman, or linebacker. Apparently, most draft experts don’t agree with me.

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How Brian Urlacher’s Departure Impacts the Chicago Bears

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“Lip service.”

Those are the exact words Brian Urlacher used to describe the Bears’ efforts to resign him.

Granted, the lack of cap space and Urlacher’s recent rash of injuries put Phil Emery in an awkward situation in terms of how to operate in contract negotiations.

But this disgraceful divorce from the 13-year face of the franchise will impact the Bears in this coming season as well as down the road.

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