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Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2016 preview

Notre Dame opens the season ranked No. 10, and the Irish might have two top-tier talents at quarterback, but questions remain elsewhere.


Who does college football need more?

Notre Dame or Ohio State? It's nearly impossible to select one program over the other when rating all-time success and importance for the sport. Mark Schlabach does his best to differentiate the two. Tough calls in blue-blood rankings

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Who are college football's blue-blood programs?

It's a fun-but-complicated question: Who are college football's blue-blood programs? Our writers ranked all 128 and pinpointed the eight schools the sport wouldn't be the same without.

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The 11 commandments of the College Football Playoff

What have we learned from two years of the College Football Playoff? More than anything, strength of schedule and conference titles matter. And you need a star QB -- well, unless you're Alabama.

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CFB royalty: Why blue bloods matter

Without them, a sport just isn't the same. Why college football blue bloods like Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and USC make the game what it is.

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How to define Charlie Weis

Charlie Weis and his wife used to raise a glass when the check from Notre Dame arrived.

Kelly: Further actions could be taken against arrested players (0:47)

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Notre Dame WR Torii Hunter Jr. talks about how lessons from his father helped him become a captain.

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How to define Charlie Weis

What words best describe the former Notre Dame and Kansas football coach? Through the ups and downs of his career, there are many options.

No answer for Notre Dame at QB

Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish haven't made a decision on either DeShone Kizer or Malik Zaire, electing to play them both in the season opener against Texas. It's a good problem to have, but still a problem nonetheless. Most pressing questions (Insider)

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Not guilty plea entered for Notre Dame's Butler

Notre Dame senior cornerback Devin Butler entered a preliminary "not guilty" plea at his arraignment on two felony charges Wednesday. His hearing before a judge is set for Sept. 1.

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Dark-horse Heisman hopefuls

Five potential Heisman sleepers are given 20-1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, per Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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4dSharon Katz and Mark Schlabach

Man vs. metric: Two views on each top 25 team's toughest game

What matters more: What you see on the field or what you see in the analytics? Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz discuss each top 25 team's toughest game of the year through those two lenses.

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McShay's top DB prospects for 2017

Todd McShay ranks the top 10 cornerbacks and safeties on his draft board heading into the 2016 college football season, including Oklahoma's Jordan Thomas.

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ND's Butler formally charged with two felonies

Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, who was taken into custody after allegedly punching a police officer and slamming the officer to the ground, has been formally charged with two felonies.

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Kelly stresses 'priorities' in disciplining key players

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said Monday he hopes the discipline he issued out to six players arrested last weekend helps teach his team about accountability and responsibility.

Kelly expected more from Notre Dame's only two seniors (1:51)

Can Irish finish what they started?

Notre Dame is No. 10 in the preseason AP Poll. It's just the second time in the past 20 years that the Irish have started the season in the top 10. They haven't started and finished a season in the top 10 since 1993. AP Top 25

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Notre Dame dismisses Redfield; Butler suspended

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has dismissed safety Max Redfield and suspended senior cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after two separate weekend incidents that saw six Irish players arrested.

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Seven teams receive No. 1 votes

Last year, Ohio State became the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in the history of the preseason AP Poll. Seven different teams received No. 1 votes in this season's first poll. View AP Top 25

Team Stats

Passing Yards256.737th
Rushing Yards214.825th
Points For34.833rd
Points Against22.434th

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