3:28 PM EDT, Tue September 16, 2014

Notre Dame prediction: Week 3 vs. Purdue

No. 11 Notre Dame "hosts" in-state rival Purdue in Indianapolis. Do the Boilermakers have a shot? How Purdue can win: For all the talk of the end of the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry as we know it last week, this is also marks the final Irish-Boilermakers matchup for six years, ending a 69-year streak of matchups between the Indiana schools. This game seems to brings out the best in Purdue, and they certainly will try to catch Notre Dame off guard as the Irish ride high off a shutout over the Wolverines.

B1G fix might require a collective effort

When the Big Ten suffers through a Saturday like this past one, it's only natural to extrapolate about the state of the league. Because this isn't just an isolated incident. Mama clearly was talking about the Big Ten when she said there'd be days like this. Remember Week 2 in 2012, when the league went 6-6 and 1-6 against Power 5 teams and Notre Dame? Saturday felt like a flashback. While the league's Week 2 record this season was better (8-5), it ended on a stinkier note with three double-digit losses in national showcase prime-time games.

Irish deliver final blow in Michigan rivalry

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Joe Schmidt is a former walk-on who worked his way to a scholarship before earning Notre Dame's starting middle linebacker role. He is a coach's dream who never makes one game or snap out to be bigger than it really is. Yet when Schmidt entered the media room after Notre Dame's 31-0 win over Michigan, the optimist in him was outdone by the sheer absurdity of the goodbye his young and unproven defense had just delivered the Wolverines.

Notre Dame Game Day: Lead 21-0 at halftime

SOUTH BEND,  Ind. -- Very few breakups ever go smoothly. Rarely is it a clean break.

Michigan-Notre Dame: It's complicated

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Divorce is always messy, especially when the opposing attorneys are two of the biggest fan bases in all of college football. Notre Dame broke up with Michigan. Heck, the Fighting Irish had been flat-out flirting with other prospects beforehand, arranging to see the ACC five times a year from 2014 to 2025. The Wolverines are the scorned ex-spouse, refusing to see the Irish for the foreseeable future while letting it be known at every turn that "they" started it, not "us.

Take Two: Benefits of ND-Michigan hiatus

The Notre Dame-Michigan series goes on pause Saturday night, most likely for a while. Some are sad to see the annual game go, but there are positives for both sides. So which team benefits more from the series ending: Notre Dame or Michigan? Reporters Matt Fortuna (Notre Dame/ACC) and Adam Rittenberg (Big Ten) debate. Take 1: Matt Fortuna We can probably agree that each side will blame the other for ending this series. We can probably agree that the losing side of Saturday's game will end up doing most of the complaining.

Kelly, Irish sing right tunes after opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- All of that drama surrounding the Notre Dame Fighting Irish the entire month was seemingly reduced to a pair of plays Saturday that yielded different results. There was the first Everett Golson bomb to C.J. Prosise, which Prosise dropped. And there was the second Golson bomb to Prosise, which Prosise caught. The 55-yarder was Golson making something out of nothing before launching a rocket that went right through the unguarded receiver's hands.

ND 48, Rice 17: 3 Things We Learned

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson looked much better than the last time he took the field for Notre Dame, tallying five total touchdowns and protecting the football as he led the No. 17 Fighting Irish to a 48-17 season-opening win over Rice. Here are our three biggest takeaways from this game, starting, of course, with the man under center: 1) Golson is back and he's better than ever. Brian Kelly finally has an elite quarterback running his offense, and that is not a Week 1 exaggeration.

Notre Dame 48, Rice 17

Everett Golson accounted for five touchdowns in his return with Notre Dame, leading the Irish to a 48-17 win over Rice.

Fighting Irish morning links

Well that was fun last night ... Brian VanGorder's personal touch helps players buy in, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. Jarron Jones matures in the classroom and on the field, Chris Hine writes for Chicago Tribune.com. Being a captain is an unbelievable honor for Austin Collinsworth, Pete Sampson writes on IrishIllustrated.com. A Michigan NBC affiliate looks at the Brian Kelly coaching tree. (And has some good old footage.) Will Mahone has landed at Youngstown State.

Notre Dame suspends safety Eilar Hardy as part of academic fraud probe

Notre Dame has suspended reserve safety Eilar Hardy as part of the school's ongoing probe into academic fraud involving several students, which now includes a fifth football player.

Four Notre Dame players under investigation won't play in opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly did not provide any update Tuesday on the academic fraud investigation involving four Irish players, other than to say they would not play in Notre Dame's first game against Rice on Saturday.  

Irish morning links

Happy Birthday Mom! Jimmy Clausen is your new No. 2 quarterback for the Bears. The Lions have moved TJ Jones to the PUP list, our Michael Rothstein writes. Former walk-ons Connor Cavalaris, Charlie Fiessinger and Tyler Plantz have all been granted scholarships for this season. Notre Dame is not worried about its running back dynamic, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. Everett Golson is now taking charge at Notre Dame, Chris Hine writes in the Chicago Tribune.

Fighting Irish morning links

Bravo, Kyle McCarthy. Yours truly joined ESPN Upstate earlier this week to talk some Notre Dame. Is the BYU series in jeopardy? Funny stuff from Tommy Rees and Mike Golic Jr., who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge together. The read-option has become second nature to Everett Golson, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. The Wall Street Journal looks at how Brian Kelly and others fare against ranked teams.

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