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Notre Dame finally pulls away at Boston College

Notre Dame finally pulls away at Boston College

Two Massachusetts teams taught Notre Dame more about itself than the Irish probably want to accept on the third weekend of the college football season.Boston College was one. Notre Dame had trouble before pulling away for a 49-20 victory on Saturday afternoon at...

Notre Dame story lines to watch at BC

Notre Dame story lines to watch at BC

Here are three keys to watch as Notre Dame (1-1) tries to recover from last week’s disheartening 20-19 loss at home to Georgia (2-0). The loss knocked the No. 24 Irish out of the rankings. The Irish are lucky kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Boston...

Notre Dame fans raise a red flag

Notre Dame fans raise a red flag

Many concerns arose from Notre Dame losing 20-19 to Georgia despite the Bulldogs’ 12 penalties for 127 yards last week in South Bend. I’ll list several red flags before I get to the one that should worry the Irish the most.One apprehension is that Notre Dame redshirt...

Notre Dame scheduling Georgia backfires

Notre Dame scheduling Georgia backfires

One reason Notre Dame had scheduled Georgia was to gain a win over a Southeastern Conference school in a tough matchup. The Irish hoped to see it factor into their College Football Playoff selection hopes.Notre Dame’s strategy was to play a tough 12-game...

Clemson resembling other Alabama school

Clemson resembling other Alabama school

Clemson’s color is orange rather than Alabama’s Crimson. And Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney is too likable and engaging to be confused with the grouchy coach of the Alabama Death Star.But defending national champ Clemson sure is taking on other Alabama characteristics that...

Young quarterbacks showdown got younger

Young quarterbacks showdown got younger

The coaching bromide that young quarterbacks sit and learn behind veterans suffers another hit this weekend. It already has been in tatters with QBs like Louisville’s Lamar Jackson winning last year’s Heisman Trophy as a true sophomore.This week’s hit plays out in a Top 25...

Notre Dame defensive line hears message

Notre Dame defensive line hears message

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly turned to more than Xs and Os to overhaul his football program. The former Gary Hart 1984 presidential primary campaign aide recognized a fresh message was needed.The Kelly voice that worked in 2012 for a national runner-up finish no longer resonated....

Prospective doctor on path to Notre Dame

Prospective doctor on path to Notre Dame

On the day Jahmir Smith committed to Notre Dame, the 2,000-yard rusher casually announced it with a Twitter post. He pinned the July 23 message of 74 characters, leaving 66 to spare, to his Twitter page along with four shamrock emojis:“I gave my blood … sweat …...

Why college teams turn to young QBs

Why college teams turn to young QBs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anyone who’s grown up on football believes quarterback is the most difficult position to play in the most complicated team game. Hall of Fame coaches have maintained over the years that it takes time for QBs to mature.So explain how three of the last...

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Now that unranked Notre Dame is off to an impressive 1-0 start, let’s give head coach Brian Kelly some straight-talk credit.The coach on the hot seat following a 4-8 season didn’t fall back on the usual coach-speak of wishing for more practice days to be ready...