Notre Dame Fighting Irish Articles

Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes Football
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars Football
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Notre Dame has plenty of familiar faces back from last season. But if the Fighting Irish hope to bounce back from a disappointing 4-8 campaign, they will need key contributions from a number of unfamiliar faces.   We all know the Mike...
Matt Fortuna
6 months ago
Alabama Crimson Tide Football
It’s no secret 2016 was a down year in the SEC. While Alabama reached the national championship game, every other program in the league lost at least four games and no team outside of the Crimson Tide finished in the top 10 of the final...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
5 Things That Must Happen for Notre Dame to Make the College Football Playoff
In 2016, Notre Dame finished with a 4-8 record that discouraged fans from the start and revealed weaknesses — often-incomprehensible defensive schemes and questions in the secondary — that previously were masked by the team’s...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
6 months ago
Nyles Morgan
Notre Dame enters 2017 looking to wash the bad taste out of its mouth after a disappointing ‘16. The Fighting Irish went 4-8 last season, prompting plenty of staff turnover and new questions as head coach Brian Kelly enters Year 8 in South...
Matt Fortuna
6 months ago
Tom Herman
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Boise State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Penn State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
ESPN College Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.  ...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago
Josh Adams
Notre Dame’s schedule is always a great source of intrigue, as the independent Fighting Irish play a national slate from coast to coast. That makes measuring the program’s schedule strength something of a chore every year, as it isn...
Matt Fortuna
7 months ago
Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take...
Athlon Sports
7 months ago
Dabo Swinney
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame Football
Very little went right for Notre Dame and Brian Kelly last season. The Fighting Irish went from being a preseason top-10 team with College Football Playoff aspirations to finishing 4-8. To be fair, only one of the losses was by more than eight...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
DJ Durkin
Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with...
Kyle Kensing
8 months ago
Mike McGlinchey
Notre Dame had just two players drafted this past year: quarterback DeShone Kizer (2nd round, No. 52 overall, Cleveland) and defensive lineman Isaac Rochell (7th round, No. 225 overall, Los Angeles Chargers). The Fighting Irish had seven players...
Matt Fortuna
8 months ago
Sam Darnold
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Notre Dame always has one of the most intriguing schedules in the nation, as the Fighting Irish’s independent slate takes them from coast to coast. With that, of course, comes a ridiculous amount of debate about just how strong it is,...
Matt Fortuna
9 months ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
There were plenty of changes at Notre Dame following a 4-8 campaign in 2016. There are six new assistants, a new strength program and a desire from all to make sure something like last year never happens again.   Of course, that all starts...
Matt Fortuna
9 months ago
Survive and advance is a way of life in March and when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, some teams have to sweat it out in order to do just that. Such was the case in the opening round for both Notre Dame and West Virginia, setting up what could...
Bryan Fischer
10 months ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
10 months ago
Notre Dame officially kicks off what is a crucial year for the program Wednesday, as Brian Kelly enters Year 8 in South Bend, Ind., looking to engineer a massive turnaround from last season. That starts with spring ball.   The Fighting Irish...
Matt Fortuna
10 months ago

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