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Regular Season Romance & the CFB Playoffs

I’ve always given Dan Wetzel a lot of credit. Ever since I left childhood behind there was this thought inside me that sneered at bowl games and welcomed a new college football post-season format. When I read Wetzel’s “Death to the BCS” years later in 2010 I was completely sold. Even then, the push back [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Football|13 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: Miami Hurricanes

Using the S&P+ rankings the Miami Hurricanes were the second best team Notre Dame played last year. Even though the Irish went 4-8 they were able to beat the 'Canes in South Bend. Now, the Irish will play at Miami's home stadium for the first time since the infamous 1989 game. It'll also be the [...]

By | June 21st, 2017|Football|3 Comments

Uniform Concept: Chicago Soldier

We could lay it on thick with a bunch of corporate speak with this uniform. Something about the shade of blue corresponding to a piece of history found on campus. Something about the fabric being revolutionary. Remember with the 2014 Shamrock Series jersey they put the tiled mosaic on the Main Building floor up on [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Football|5 Comments

Uniform Concept: In the Year 2029

Today's concept started with a pair of ideas. The first was taking some inspiration from South Carolina basketball's Under Armour shorts following their run to the Final Four this spring. From there I wanted to try something futuristic on a Notre Dame uniform. Full disclosure, we've kicked around several ideas on futuristic uniforms and it's [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Football|5 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Notre Dame is becoming very familiar with Wake Forest in the Brian Kelly era. This fall we will see the Irish take on the Demon Deacons for the 4th time since 2011. Notre Dame is undefeated so far in the series so we've got that going for us, which is nice. Wake Forest 2016 Record: [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Football|6 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: NC State Wolfpack

Notre Dame fans are well aware of the ill-timed contract extension for head football coaches. Dave Doeren went from 3-9 to 8-5 in his second season and was awarded with a $400,000 raise and 2-year extension. Since then, the Wolfpack have gone 14-13 and more importantly really struggled to make an impact in the ACC. [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|Football|2 Comments

Uniform Concept: Shamrock Football

Today brings us to our 10th Notre Dame football uniform concept and it began with a simple question: Why aren't there more logos featuring a football? I had something in mind for the Irish but first let's take a look at how odd this lack of footballs used by football teams is in the United [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|Football|17 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: USC Trojans

USC started 1-2 last year in embarrassing fashion with just 16 combined points against Alabama and Stanford. The Trojans switched to quarterback Sam Darnold (former 5-star Max Browne was benched and is now with Pitt following a grad transfer) in week 4 and still lost to Utah, although the offense scored 27 points and showed [...]

By | June 13th, 2017|Football|10 Comments

On Stoops

Late last week I was leaving work when one of the more surprising stories broke in recent college football memory. Seemingly out of nowhere Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was retiring. Like many, I was stunned. Stoops was a pretty interesting cat on the scene, neither ultra hateable or likeable. He was perfectly vanilla. For [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Football|15 Comments

Uniform Concept: Academic Black

Today we publish our 9th Notre Dame football uniform concept and the second of a handful of Black for Black's Sake designs from our collection. Our first effort explained some of the challenges surrounding using black with the Fighting Irish colors in addition to some of the modern bells and whistles usually seen on black [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Football|18 Comments

The Observer Ads: Six Months Later

We are approaching the half-year anniversary of a group of fans and alumni publishing two memorable advertisements in The Observer, Notre Dame’s student-run newspaper. When they were released we laughed, we cried, and we laughed some more. Today, we are going to look back at the wild times that provided the world with one of [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Football|39 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: North Carolina Tar Heels

Larry Fedora has built things up at North Carolina to unprecedented success for their program in modern times. Their 19 wins over the past 2 seasons is the most since the Tar Heels went 21-3 from 1996-97. Additionally, their two-year S&P+ rankings of 28 and 21 convey a program built on a solid foundation. This [...]

By | June 6th, 2017|Football|1 Comment

Scholarship Update: Two Backups Leave Notre Dame

Only a matter of days ago our 18 Stripes Twitter feed joked that the 2018 senior class was almost under 20 bodies which has always been the case in recent years and frankly happens at most schools. That was after a transfer on May 31st and just 5 days later another transfer brings the 2018 [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Recruiting|18 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: Miami RedHawks

On October 8, 2016 things were looking pretty bleak for Chuck Martin. His Miami RedHawks had just been soundly defeated 35-13 on the road to an Akron team that would be obliterated 41-0 the following week by eventual MAC champion Western Michigan. This loss was the 6th straight defeat to begin the season and dropped [...]

By | June 2nd, 2017|Football|1 Comment

The Video Board & the Future of Advertising

In 2009, the University of Texas officially passed the University of Notre Dame for the most valuable college football program according to Forbes business magazine. In recent years, the Wall Street Journal has been doing their own valuation and coming up with the same results--Texas has a comfortable lead as the No. 1 most valuable [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|Football|25 Comments