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Notre Dame Football: 2021 Fighting Irish Season Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 19 hours ago
Brian Kelly's problem is one that he shares with the rest of the country: Alabama or Clemson has won the national title five of the last six seasons. Either Alabama or Clemson has also finished runner-up four times.   Notre Dame — coming off a 10–2 season and the winner of the ACC regular-season title in a truly unusual 2020 — is back to being an independent and is...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 15 hours ago
The 2021 college football season is scheduled to officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 28, but it's never too early to start thinking about top 25 rankings and projecting what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, that’s not the case at the top, as the list of favorites...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 17 changes, including moves at Texas, Kansas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 17 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. At the top, it's a close call between the hires of Steve Sarkisian (Texas), Clark Lea (...

Notre Dame Football: 2022 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Fighting Irish

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 1 month 1 week ago
After seeing six players selected in the NFL draft in each of the previous two years, Notre Dame surpassed that mark in 2021 with nine members of the Fighting Irish picked this past weekend. The nine draftees set a school record for most selections in a single draft during the Brian Kelly era, as well as the highest total since 10 were selected in the 1994 NFL Draft.   Liam Eichenberg...

2022 NFL Draft: Top Quarterback Prospects

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2022 NFL Draft is slated to take place from April 28-30 in Las Vegas. While the 2021 college football season has yet to unfold, it's never too early to take a look at which quarterbacks could top the rankings or the wish list for teams next spring. The pool of top prospects at quarterback is headlined by North Carolina's Sam Howell, Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler, and USC's Kedon...

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2021 NFL Draft

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
With the 2021 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the...

Notre Dame Football: Fighting Irish’s 2021 Schedule Analysis

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Since the conclusion of the 2016 season, only three FBS programs have had double-digit wins each year. Two are obvious: Alabama and Clemson. The other is Notre Dame. While Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Georgia will point out that if not for the reduced number of games in 2020 they would be included on this list as well, the numbers are what they are. Still, this is very good company for a Notre Dame...

Notre Dame Football: Fighting Irish's 2021 Spring Preview

By Jon Kinne, 2 months 2 weeks ago
On paper, this should be a rebuilding year for Notre Dame. After their second College Football Playoff appearance in three years, the Fighting Irish sustained substantial personnel losses on both sides of the ball and saw Clark Lea, their star defensive coordinator, take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt. A step back would seem to be in order.   But this is Notre Dame. Head coach Brian...

35 Key College Football Super Seniors Returning in 2021

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college football’s 2020 season was unusual in many ways. Conferences starting play at different times, canceled games, bowl matchups shifted to different locations, and more uncertainty as to who on the roster was available on a week-to-week basis were just a few ways the ’20 season was unique. However, in addition to all of those factors, last year was...

Notre Dame Football: Newcomers to Watch for the Fighting Irish in 2021

By Juan Jose Rodriguez, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have built a legacy of sustained success over the years, relying heavily on a culture of attracting top talent and cultivating impactful playmakers as they develop within the program. Coming off its second College Football Playoff berth in three seasons, Notre Dame will see a significant portion of its starters on both sides of the ball go forward in hopes of...