Author: John Vannie

Still Not Ready

Notre Dame could not hang with Clemson on Saturday as the Tigers slowly but surely used their superior speed and athleticism to wear down the Fighting Irish and coast to an easy 30-3 victory in the national semifinal game. Trevor Lawrence hit on 27 of 39 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns, while the…

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Irish, Tigers in Heavyweight Battle

Notre Dame makes its debut in the college football playoff on Saturday as the third ranked Fighting Irish take on number two Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. The venue is lavish AT&T Stadium near Dallas, TX, which is also the home of the NFL’s Cowboys and often referred to by its flamboyant owner’s name as…

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Committee May Face Tough Choice

Even though it would appear that only one of the four playoff spots is still in doubt, the possibilities remain intriguing. Let’s start with the nuclear option, in which Georgia knocks off Alabama in the SEC Conference Championship. This would give Georgia the most impressive victory among the one-loss contenders that include Oklahoma and Ohio…

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Imperfect Game but a Perfect Season

Notre Dame appeared to be dazed and confused for much of the first half, but managed to regroup and make a precious handful of clutch plays to prevail by 24-17 over the USC Trojans. The outcome of the hard-fought, tense battle was in doubt until Miles Boykin recovered an onside kick for the Irish with…

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Playoff Path Runs through Troy

Undefeated Notre Dame (11-0) heads to Los Angeles to take on traditional rival Southern California on Saturday evening in its final audition for the college football playoff committee. The Fighting Irish are currently ranked third and are playing at a high level, having demolished 12th-ranked Syracuse last week in New York. The Trojans (5-6) are…

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