Notre Dame-UNC Takeaways

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The Notre Dame-UNC battle was a tight affair for most of the first half. But the Irish ripped off a 24-0 run spanning the second and third quarters that turned the game into a laugher. Entering as 1.5-point underdogs, Notre Dame walloped their hosts 45-32 in a game not nearly as close as the final […] READ MORE


Notre Dame Offense Keys vs. North Carolina

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It’s easy to complain about a Notre Dame offense that ranks 115th out of 131 teams in scoring average. Certainly, the lethargic nature of this unit has been the source of struggles in the Irish’s 1-2 start. But, the Irish get a gift in Week 4. After the Notre Dame offense, led by quarterback Drew […] READ MORE


Notre Dame grades vs. Cal

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Head coach Marcus Freeman and the Irish finally got in the win column on Saturday, but what were the Notre Dame grades vs. Cal? The Irish struggled in the first half, trailing 10-7 at the break. They then proceeded to trail into the fourth quarter before coming up with a comeback and multiple defensive stands. Here’s […] READ MORE


A Notre Dame Win Starts With These Players

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The Freeman era has yet to oversee a Notre Dame win, and that desperately needs to change this weekend. The Irish have the chance to do it against the Cal Golden Bears. Their Pac-12 opponent is 2-0 this year, but they’re ultimately not expected to be a top Power-5 program. However, the Irish are averaging […] READ MORE


Expectations for Notre Dame Must Reset

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When the season started, the expectations for Notre Dame football were through the roof. Perhaps, quite unreasonably so. Head coach Marcus Freeman won virtually every day of the offseason, but now, just two weeks into the season, he’s sitting with an 0-2 record. Including last year’s Fiesta Bowl loss, he’s the first Irish coach to […] READ MORE


Grading Notre Dame’s Tommy Rees

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Tommy Rees has been an oft-criticized figure during his time at Notre Dame. When he was a player, he garnered the unfortunate moniker “Tommy Turnover” with 37 career interceptions. Now, Rees has taken over the offensive playcalling duties for the Irish. And, again, he remains frequently scrutinized. After the Irish scored just 10 points against […] READ MORE


Notre Dame Takeaways vs. OSU

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Given the expectations, there were a lot of good Notre Dame takeaways on Saturday night. The No. 5 Fighting Irish led the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes for over half the game. They held Ryan Day‘s offense to their lowest point total since October of 2018. At times, they looked like a much better team, despite […] READ MORE


Notre Dame Defense: 3 Key Stats vs. OSU

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Can the Notre Dame defense slow down Ohio State on Saturday? Slow down is the operative term here. Because the Irish won’t completely stop the nation’s most explosive offense. In two losses last year, Ohio State scored 27 and 28 points. Notching 30+ is basically a requirement for the Notre Dame offense. But if the […] READ MORE


Notre Dame Offense Keys vs. Ohio State

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In its toughest game of the season, how can the Notre Dame offense attack Ohio State this weekend? While the defense is the strength of this team, the expectations against the Buckeyes’ high-powered offense can only be so high. This means the Irish’s relatively inexperienced skill position players must show up and try to find […] READ MORE


Notre Dame Schedule, Ranked

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With a pair of preseason Top-Five matchups, it’s no secret the Notre Dame schedule is a gauntlet this year. Add in some seriously sneaky difficult road games, and some trap games at home, and it gets worse. So here’s a look at the Irish schedule in Year 1 of the Marcus Freeman era, from the […] READ MORE