Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Schedule
Coming off of a decent 2013 season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will
be looking to continue their upward trend that resulted in a New Era Pinstripe Bowl win over Rutgers. For most teams a 9-4
record (which the Irish had in 2013) is a good season, but expectations are a bit higher in Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish
are one of the most popular, iconic and powerful football teams in the NCAA, with all kinds of big-name players passing through
their ranks over the last several decades. The Fighting Irish are known for being a football powerhouse, and their status
as an Independent (meaning, they aren't part of any NCAA football conference) means that the team schedule changes from year
to year with a varying slew of competitors. The Fighting Irish draw fans by the thousands to their own Notre Dame Stadium
for every game during football season, and especially when the Irish play teams like the USC Trojans or Michigan Wolverines.
There are all kinds of big games on the schedule this season as the Fighting Irish look to make it into a BCS bowl game, and
the odds are in Notre Dame's favor to end the season on a high note. Which bowl will the Irish be part of this year? Be sure
to track the team schedule and follow along as your Fighting Irish head out on the turf.
The home opener at Notre Dame
Stadium will take place on August 30th when the Rice Owls come to town. The home opener is always a spectacle at Notre Dame
and with high expectations for the 2014 season you can expect every Irish fan in the stadium to be worked into a frenzy. Another
big game on the home schedule takes place on the following week when the Michigan Wolverines come to Notre Dame on September
6th. The Fighting Irish will be looking to avenge last season's 41-30 loss to their rivals at Michigan and this could be one
of the most thrilling home games of the season.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Rivalries
team declining the Big Ten when it extended an invitation to join the conference, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish still have
some ongoing rivalries with nearby Big Ten teams, including the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans. In fact,
Notre Dame's century-old rivalry with the Wolverines dates back to the late 1800s and is considered Notre Dame's first rivalry.
The Fighting Irish and the Wolverines have been playing each other on the football field since 1887, when the two teams first
faced off on the turf. Although they do not play each other every year, whenever the NCAA does see a match up between these
two teams, it's a big one. Similarly, the Irish and the Michigan State Spartans are fierce rivals, and these teams face off
every year for the Megaphone Trophy. Notre Dame is leading this series, taking home the trophy more than 45 times. The Irish
also have rivalries outside of the Midwest, and especially against the USC Trojans. The Trojans can be considered Notre Dame's
No. 1 rival, as the two teams have punched out more national titles and Heisman Trophies than most other college football
rivalries out there. The Navy Midshipmen are also a big rival for the Irish, and these two teams have played each other every
year since 1927.
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Can Notre Dame football just make up its
own rules in NCAA football? Sometimes it seems as though it can, as the Fighting Irish are one of the few independent teams
in the NCAA and the only one that receives an automatic bid to a BCS bowl by finishing in the top eight of the final BCS ranking.
The Irish have turned down conferences like the Big Ten and the ACC to join a sanctioned NCAA football conference, yet they
continue to thrive as one of the best college teams in the nation and certainly one of the most financially stable as well.
Notre Dame is the only independent team to score its own national television contract, as home Irish games are broadcasted
on the Notre Dame Football on NBC, and they are certainly a sought after team to beat season after season, regardless of the
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football NFL Players
With 11 claimed national titles, seven Heisman
Trophy winners and 97 consensus All-Americans on the roster over the last century, it's no wonder why Notre Dame football
gets college ball fans all kinds of excited. The Fighting Irish have seen loads of top NFL players through their college years
before jumping into the pros, with current NFL players including big names like Manti Te'O, Golden Tate, Sergio Brown and
Anthony Fasano. The Irish have also sent players onto the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former NFL heroes like Curly
Lambeau, John McNally, George Trafton, Wayne Millner, George Connor, Paul Hornung, Alan Page, Joe Montana, Nick Buoniconti
and Dave Casper. The total of former Notre Dame players to go onto the NFL tops the 400s (and counting), and that's to be
expected from a team with multiple Heisman winners.
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athletes aren't only incredible at their respective sports; they're also quite smart. The Notre Dame athletic program sees
that its stars spend as much time in the classroom as they do on the field, and the statistics reflect such emphasis on academics.
Since the early '60s, the Fighting Irish football team has graduated almost 99 percent of its football players in four years,
with only 13 football players to date leaving the Irish before obtaining their college degrees. The Irish are also in the
Top 20 ranking by U.S. News & World Report in academics, and has had dozens of All-Americans on their roster over the
last several years.