USC vs. Notre Dame: Week 7 Preview and Analysis

The 85th meeting between two of college football's most storied programs brings intrigue like no other year for both schools and one of college football's greatest rivalries.Brian Kelly said as much this week about the rivalry:"Our players would be the first to admit that this is our rivalry game ... one that we really look forward to." Last year offered plenty...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke vs. Brian Kelly, part deux. Plus Pat Fitzgerald on Kain Colter, bowl predictions, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and it's influence over college football.   Come around to my way of thinking. Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly changes his mind about whether Michigan-Notre Dame is a national rivalry rather than a regional one. Michigan HC Brady Hoke should probably thank Big Ten commisioner Jim Delany's secret coven of necromancers for...
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September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Post Spring - College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2013

With only a  handful of spring games remaining across the country, I think its time to take a look at an early college football top 25. I can’t believe we are in the neighborhood of 4 months away from the college football season. It seems like an eternity. What’s better to do than some way to early rankings to start a little a conversation going. For your viewing pleasure here...
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April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament (Football) Picks: First Round, West Regional

The NCAA Tournament is here. Is your bracket filled? Earlier this week I shared my take on the tournament’s First Four by determining which school I would peg as the favorite if we were to watch the two schools play in football, instead of basketball. One out of three made for a rough start, but now it is on to the first round of the tournament. Let’s take a look, region by...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Prospectus: Tennessee Volunteers

Since 2008 the Vols have had four different head coaches. Former Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones is the latest that will try to right the ship in Knoxville. Jones took over for Brian Kelly at Cincinnati and went 4-8 in his first season before going 19-6 over the last two years. Jones brings Mike Bajakian and John Jancek with him from Cincy as his coordinators. This trio had a good...
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February 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly looks psyched to be at the Tostitos Bowl

  The Oregon Ducks take on the Kansas Wildcats tonight FOR ALL THE TOSTITOS in the Tostitos Bowl where the Big 12 matches up with the Pac-12. Both teams had a shot to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship but lost a game to lesser opponents. Chip Kelly is rumored to go to the NFL and I’m sure that’s what every reporter will ask Kelly. Kelly has been...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Alabama-Notre Dame Preview

Notre Dame is perhaps the most storied program in college football, a team that played up to its championship history in a resurgent season that has it on the cusp of another title. Earning it will require knocking off defending BCS champion Alabama, another tradition-rich team that's back to dominating the sport the way the Fighting Irish also once did. Top-ranked Notre Dame...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

CFBZ Podcast #11: SEC Bowl Preview

The eleventh episode of the College Football Zealots podcast is in the books! We were joined on the show by Lisa Cornwell of Here's a re-cap on what we talked about and make sure you scroll to the bottom to listen to the thirty minute podcast. You can also download the show by clicking here. Lisa talks about how she got into the sports media...
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December 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Ten Coaches That Have The Most Pressure This Postseason The following ten coaches are feeling some heat after tough seasons due to lofty expectations, but picking up a postseason victory would ease the stress and pressure. Sports is always about the expectations and more often times than not coaches get fired...
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December 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Shouting Down Fran Tarkenton, Defending Te'o & Voting For Coach Of The Year - Join Me!

What would surprise you more about me: I was asked to debate the Heisman Trophy on The Huffington Post with NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, 2001 Heisman Winner Eric Crouch & HuffPost Sports guys Jordan Schultz & Marc Lamont Hill. I get to cast an official, counts toward the award, vote for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. Both are kind of ridiculous...
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December 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Why I voted for Bill O'Brien for Coach of the Year

It's about more than wins and losses Earlier this week I received my ballot for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. With a number of very worthy candidates on the ballot I know that this should be a close race when the votes start being counted by the Football Writers Association of America. Brian Kelly has Notre Dame back on the top of the college football world...
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December 06, 2012  |  Discuss

The Blitz: Irish looking SEC-like in title bid

Bob Davie tried and failed. So did Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis. Now, its Brian Kelly thats trying to raise Notre Dame back to a place in the college football universe that it inhabited for generations. The third-year coach has the top-ranked Fighting Irish playing for its first BCS championship on Jan. 7 against No. 2 Alabama (and at a school thats built on legends and superstitions...
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December 03, 2012  |  Discuss

The Blitz: Irish looking SEC-like in title bid

Bob Davie tried and failed. So did Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis. Now, its Brian Kelly thats trying to raise Notre Dame back to a place in the college football universe that it inhabited for generations. The third-year coach has the top-ranked Fighting Irish playing for its first BCS championship on Jan. 7 against No. 2 Alabama (and at a school thats built on legends and superstitions...
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December 03, 2012  |  Discuss

BCS bonanza: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Alabama vs. Notre Dame. The BCS championship game couldn't get much bigger. The Crimson Tide locked up a spot in the title game in Miami on Jan. 7 with a 32-28 victory over Georgia for the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday. Sunday's selection show is just a formality. The hype can begin now for what could be the most-watched BCS title game since the system...
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December 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Updated BCS Standings Projections Entering Championship Weekend

Rivalry weekend was exciting throughout the world of college football, as many fans must have been thankful for their favorite team winning during the Thanksgiving Holiday. None are more thankful this morning than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who will fulfill their destiny and reach the BCS Championship Game. As far as the latest results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, when...
November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

A night of upsets and Irish, Tide rise in football

Coming into Saturday, Oregon and Kansas State had the inside track to college football's national championship and the Southeastern Conference's run of six straight BCS titles was in jeopardy. Then No. 2 K-State got thumped 52-24 by unranked Baylor and top-ranked Oregon fell in overtime to No. 14 Stanford, 17-14. Now the SEC is alive and well. And how's this for a...
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November 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame: No National Love For the Irish?

Knute Rockne is rolling over in his grave. With three weeks (plus Army-Navy) left in the college football regular season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 10-0. Yet barring a loss from one of the top two, they will be left out of the national championship game it appears regardless of whether or not they run the table. Now with college football having the most outdated and corrupt...
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November 14, 2012  |  Discuss

College Football Red Carpet: Week 11 Awards (Johnny Football Edition)

Welcome on in to another college football awards, the last one before we trade in one small awards hall for an even smaller one (that's all true. I am really moving. Into an apartment all my own here in McAllen, Texas.)Anyway, on with the show...The "Tide has turned award" goes to Texas A&MI know what all of you are thinking. You're all thinking that a guy like...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

College Football Red Carpet: Week 10 Awards, Close Shaves Edition

Welcome in to another edition of the college football awards, which saw one gigantic game live up to the hype, and saw a bunch of teams barely escape with their BCS lives, as well.Let's go...The "instant classic" award goes to LSU & AlabamaBut don't expect these two teams to just forget about their hatred of each other and the emotions of Saturday night'...
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November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Could Notre Dame Be Only Top 4 BCS Team to Survive Superstitious Separation Saturday?

The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll has given us many things throughout the 2012 college football season, including the fact that the majority of NCAA Football fans are not superstitious. While the numbers do vary by conference, only 12 percent of fans overall say that they believe in superstitions that may play a part in their team’s big game on Saturday. Of all the conferences, fans...
November 02, 2012  |  Discuss

The Easiest Road To Miami

After nine weeks of football, there are four teams that have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. It's no secret that Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon, all 8-0, are this year's elite. That being said, there's still plenty of football left to be played that could alter the current picture. Let's take a look at what remains for the top four and...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 9 Teams Most Likely To Make It To The National Championship Game

(Order by current rankings) 1) Alabama The number one ranked crimson Tide is set up perfectly to be playing in Miami on January 7th.  Not only do they have a team playing great football, but they also have a very favorable schedule.  Yes, I know they are in the very powerful SEC, but the Tide got luck this year and do not have to play Georgia, South Carolina, or Florida.  The...
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October 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma Preview

via Manti Te'o for the Heisman facebook page At the beginning of the season, it was difficult to imagine that the October 27th matchup between the Sooners and the Irish would be the headline game of the weekend. Sure, it is a matchup of two of the most storied College Football teams in the country. Sure, Oklahoma started out in the top-5 of the AP and Coaches Polls. But it is...
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October 26, 2012  |  Discuss

BCS Standings: Which Dominoes Will Fall Next?

Follow @Dan Vasta and like Gridiron Grit on Facebook  The BCS Standings is like a portrait that is just beginning to form as many teams are making their move towards the top of the rankings. There are seemingly hundreds of different questions out there in terms of which non-SEC team will become the sexy team that everybody enjoys talking about. Right now, the Kansas State Wildcats...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

DC's Top 10: Week 7

Jimmy and I have long been proponents of abolishing preseason polls and starting them after Week 6. I wish I could remember why we picked Week 6 in the first place...maybe because it was the halfway point of the season or because we knew conference play would have finally started. It definitely wasn't because we knew Week 6 in 2012 was when all hell would break lose in the...
Via Double Coverage Football
October 10, 2012  |  Discuss
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