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Uniform Concept: 2017 Fall Catalog Collection II

Today we publish our 20th Notre Dame uniform concept. Like the previous concept we are taking some inspiration from the 2017 Under Armour Fall/Winter catalog. This time it’s a shorts and base layer outfit for lacrosse that caught our eye. Several of our concepts have dealt with the blue/gold/green combination and this one shows off [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Football|19 Comments

Top 11+2+3 Poll, You Were Bad & Week 8 Preview

Straight up massive carnage during Notre Dame's bye week finally brings our first week of true disagreement over the polls. Now the college football season has really begun! Oh, but hey Alabama is still atop the world. So not too much has changed. Top 11 1 Alabama (+1, 7-0, 41-9 W vs. Arkansas) Through 7 [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Football|23 Comments

Uniform Concept: 2017 Fall Catalog Collection

Today we debut our 19th Notre Dame football uniform concept and I was shocked that you have to go all the way back to June 14th since our last green jersey offering. Well, let's rectify that right now! This concept found inspiration several months ago from a track & field outfit in the 2017 Fall/Winter [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Football|9 Comments

Half Way Through the Heisman Race

Notre Dame was chilling out maxing relaxing all cool this weekend with a bye and half of their regular season completed. We have lots of football remaining across the country but the Heisman picture has come far more into focus since August. Let's walk through the pageantry, tradition, and respect for the world's most prestigious [...]

By | October 15th, 2017|Football|2 Comments

Scholarship Update & Mega Roster Review

Our last major update came in early June and since then a lot has happened with actual games being played, several roster moves, and plenty to discuss for the future. Let us not waste more on an intro. Out of Eligibility Following the 2017 Season: TE Durham Smythe WR Cam Smith OL Mike McGlinchey OL [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Football|60 Comments

Top 11+3+2 Poll, You Were Bad & Week 7 Preview

The bulk of our rankings remained stable through week six with the exception of a pair of delicious upsets in Ann Arbor and Norman. This has caused a little bit of shifting but the top of the polls are still intact. Top 11 1 Clemson (E, 6-0, 28-14 W vs. Wake Forest) Dinged up Kelly [...]

By | October 9th, 2017|Football|23 Comments

North Carolina Review: Solid First Book Report

I was expecting a North Carolina team that, despite heavy injuries and numerous new starters from a year ago, to show up and play a tough game in front of their home crowd. You could say the Tar Heels hung around for a bit and then were slowly strangled by the more talented and determined [...]

By | October 8th, 2017|Football|68 Comments

North Carolina Preview

For just the second time in 42 years the Fighting Irish will be invading Chapel Hill for a football game. During the 50's and 60's Notre Dame had a nice little rivalry with the Tar Heels and overall have dominated the series. The 2006 game that resumed the series for the first time since 1975 [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|Football|43 Comments

Uniform Concept: Campus Blue

Today we debut our 18th uniform concept and we haven't returned to a blue uniform since late June. In this example I was trying to combine two concepts. One, an overall base that worked with Notre Dame's traditional set up of gold helmet, blue jersey, and gold pants. Two, I wanted to try to mix [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|Football|4 Comments

Top 11+2+3 Poll, You Were Bad & Week 6 Preview

In my game recap of Notre Dame's win over Miami (OH) some discussions broke out about former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. That got me thinking about Dat Boy Swinney and I noticed he has a very similar record to Lou Holtz at Notre Dame. The Clemson Tigers are so hot right now. Top 11 1 [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|Football|22 Comments

Miami (OH) Review: Another Blowout Win!

For what seems like the 8th or 9th time in the Kelly era an offensive output in the first half threatened several school records only to see things slow down in the second half for a much more boring win and few to no records broken. On Saturday evening, the Irish scored touchdowns on 6 [...]

By | October 1st, 2017|Football|126 Comments

Miami of Ohio Preview

Chuck is coming back. After 4 years as a Notre Dame assistant--the last 2 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach--Chuck Martin returns to South Bend for the first time as an enemy coach. Now in his 4th season with the RedHawks, he showed some promise late last season and is looking to build upon a [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Football|32 Comments

Top 11+2+3 Poll, You Were Bad, & Week 5 Preview

We were really close to having 3 teams drop hard down our rankings. As it happened, a Big Ten team made a furious late-drive comeback and survived in a tough road environment. A team from the SEC and Big 12 were far less fortunate. Top 11 1 Alabama (+2, 4-0, 59-0 W at Vanderbilt) Tide [...]

By | September 25th, 2017|Football|8 Comments

MSU Review: Irish Discover Big Road Wins Again

Notre Dame came to play on Saturday night and actually put away a rival early while playing on the road. It happened and it was glorious to watch. Well, except for the long TV timeouts, excessive replay reviews, and Michigan State dragging the game out for a prettier 7 additional points. Other than that, it [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|Football|78 Comments

Michigan State Preview

When you think back to weird games from 2016 nothing can top the circus that was the NC State game. However, don't sleep on the Michigan State game and its ridiculousness. Case in point, the Spartans raced out to a 36-7 lead. A 3-9 team was beating the Irish by 29 points! A switch was [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|Football|25 Comments