Five Big Things I’ll Be Watching In The Blue-Gold Game

Hope springs eternal at Notre Dame -- and after the wonderful rebirth of Notre Dame football in 2012, that never rings more true than this year. The 84th annual Blue-Gold game is upon us this weekend, and there's quite a few things that I'll have my eyes on -- here's a few of them (in no real order): 5. Players returning from injury - Lo Wood. Alex Welch. Austin Collinsworth. Amir Carlisle. Chase Hounshell. These are just a few of the big-name injuries from last year, all guys that were … [Read more...]

Is Notre Dame’s 2013 Schedule The Nation’s Hardest?

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Okay, so we held out for as long as we could -- we made it to April before starting to discuss Notre Dame's 2013 football schedule. We'll certainly have a number of pieces on this year's upcoming slate throughout the offseason, so we'll just get our feet wet a little bit here, but let's get this out of the way immediately -- 2013 will not present an easy set of opponents. … [Read more...]

Kelly Still Learning, Ready To Refocus Team

In the past decade or so around this time of the year we have been using phrases such as "hope springs eternal" or "everyone's undefeated in March" -- this year it's a little bit different. And it's not because there's no longer hope in South Bend, it's better than that -- the mentality has switched from hoping for a good season to now expecting something great. That shift has to be attributed the success under Brian Kelly, and his continued work toward bringing home a crystal trophy. This … [Read more...]