Letter from the Editor: Football Issue

Author: Caroline Pineda

A usually raucous stadium atmosphere was muted this year, as 11,000 fans sought to simulate the energy of 80,000. The limited capacity was one of many restrictions brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions that went far beyond the stands and permeated classrooms, dorms and locker rooms.

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Rose Bowl

Author: Caroline Pineda

If there was a search for an image to encapsulate the talent gap between Alabama and Notre Dame, it would end with the picture of Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris hurdling cornerback Nick McCloud.

After the 31-14 loss in the relocated Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, head coach Brian Kelly was adamant that the final score wasn’t an issue of talent but an issue of making plays — or failing to do so.

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The Wide Receiver Room

Author: Caroline Pineda

Despite COVID-19 disrupting countless aspects of a normal season, all of the pieces appear to be falling into place for the Notre Dame football team as they approach the season’s marquee matchup against Clemson.

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Michigan: Mucking It Up at Michigan

Author: Caroline Pineda

If Notre Dame’s first loss of the season was a close nail-biter, the second was the opposite. The No. 8 Irish fell behind early to No. 19 Michigan in the contest and never recovered, losing 45-14 in the midst of a relentless downpour in Ann Arbor.

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Linebackers: Holding the Line

Author: Caroline Pineda

In 2018, Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff appearance was due in no small part to the linebackers who anchored its overwhelming defense. In 2019, their departure spelled uncertainty.

 

 

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