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5 Players that Need to Step Up for Notre Dame in 2017

Irish must rely on these players in order to erase memories of 4-8 record in 2016
5 Players that Need to Step Up for Notre Dame in 2017

Though the Fighting Irish suffered through a disappointing 4-8 record in 2016, there were some bright spots that shone through during the trying times. DeShone Kizer performed reasonably well despite the record, leading to being selected 52nd overall by the Cleveland Browns.

 

Running backs Josh Adams and Dexter Williams combined for a dynamic ground attack last year and enter their junior and sophomore seasons, respectively, looking to increase production and take some pressure off newly-minted starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush.

 

5 Things That Must Happen for Notre Dame to Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

How will the Fighting Irish rebound from last year's 4-8 record?
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 success.

4 Reasons Why Notre Dame Will Beat Florida State

Believe it or not, No. 5 Notre Dame could win at No. 2 Florida State
Believe it or not, No. 5 Notre Dame could win at No. 2 Florida State

When Florida State and Notre Dame played "The Game of the Century" on Nov. 13, 1993, Jameis Winston (b. Jan. 6, 1994) had not been born and Everett Golson (b. Jan. 2, 1993) was not yet one-year old. The '93 epic showdown ended with No. 1 Florida State falling at No. 2 Notre Dame, 31–24, before bouncing back to claim the National Championship.

15 Weird, Wild and Bizarre Facts about College Football's Best Bowls

LSU coach Les Miles can't eat chicken at the Chick-fil-A Bowl because of a previous endorsement.
<p> 15 Weird, Wild Facts About College Football's Best Bowls, including the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game, Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl, Florida Gators and Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, Florida State Seminoles and Northern Illinois Huskies in the Orange Bowl, Stanford Cardinal and Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl, Texas A&amp;M Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl, and LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.</p>

The 35-ring circus of bowl season is full of sideshows, freak shows, split stats and split personalities. And the biggest and best bowls have the most exciting high-wire acts, thanks to their award winners, NFL prospects, high-priced coaches, rabid fan bases and big dog endorsement deals. Here’s a look at 15 weird and wild facts, stats and trends from the best bowls this postseason.