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Douglas Farmer

Notre Dame is in rather good shape physically, but a hangover can be more than physical, and if the Irish show up hungover at Duke, it could mean Ohio State beats Notre Dame twice for the second year in a row.
Notre Dame’s schedule has not unfolded as expected, not with Clemson and Pittsburgh down, but challenges await, nonetheless.
Duke has long been a college football doormat, enjoying only a year or two of success at a time and usually decades apart. Mike Elko has conjured up two seasons of success in only his second season as Blue Devils head coach. Can he continue that stretch as an underdog this Saturday night?
Notre Dame took too long to bounce back from its Ohio State loss last year. Such a hangover would be just as costly at No. 17 Duke on Saturday.
Any top-line Notre Dame upset or near-upset in the last seven years depended on an opposing injury or hopes of a fluke play. The Irish didn’t need either Saturday. They lost, but they know they should have won, and that will carry forward through the rest of the 2023 season.
Notre Dame will long wonder if it would have made a dramatic goal-line stop if it had played at full strength, but a last-second substitution mistake left the Irish shorthanded when it mattered most on Saturday night.
A clutch fourth-quarter drive led by Sam Hartman and a stellar Irish defensive performance fall just short against the Buckeyes, falling 17-14 on a last-second goal-line touchdown.
One of Notre Dame or Ohio State will leave tonight firmly entrenched in the College Football Playoff conversation. Which?
Notre Dame has lost five straight to Ohio State. What numbers could suggest the Irish will stop that streak tonight?
No. 9 Notre Dame hosts No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday night, the first true test for both teams this season as they look to keep alive Playoff hopes.
A year ago, Notre Dame’s best defense against Ohio State was the sputtering Irish offense. Now, Notre Dame might trust its defense enough to let Sam Hartman and the Irish offense play to its peak in Saturday’s top-10 tilt.
Notre Dame Stadium has filled with red before, in three notable and memorable losses this century. Rare trips to South Bend have that effect. There is nothing more to it.
Notre Dame may need to emulate Michigan to beat Ohio State this weekend, something Irish fans should take as a compliment.
Notre Dame’s next four opponents all remain undefeated, with all four looking likely to be that way when they meet the Irish, obviously beginning with No. 6 Ohio State this Saturday night.
Four-star Massachusetts offensive tackle Guerby Lambert joined Notre Dame’s next recruiting class just a day after four-star dual-threat quarterback Deuce Knight added star power to the Irish class of 2025.
Notre Dame leaned on an ultra-conservative approach against Ohio State last year. Led by the best pass defense in the country, expect the Irish to be more ‘attacking’ this weekend.
Saturday’s deep touchdown passes proved Notre Dame’s offense can attack defenses in all ways, a first for the Irish since ... well, it’s been a long, long time.
Sam Hartman connected on two touchdowns of more than 70 yards, and Irish running back Audric Estimé hurdled Chippewas defenders, but don’t overlook how strongly Notre Dame’s offensive and defensive lines controlled Saturday afternoon.
Notre Dame’s defense may have been caught looking ahead in the first half against Central Michigan on Saturday, but the Irish offense never faltered and that provided plenty cushion.
Notre Dame should be expected to blow out Central Michigan this afternoon on Peacock, but the last time the Irish thought that against a MAC foe, Toledo made life very tense.
Notre Dame vs Central Michigan will be available exclusively on Peacock this weekend, putting the Irish and Chippewas in the company of blockbusters.
Notre Dame has managed only four sacks through three games. That is not an Irish worry. It has, in some ways, been part of Notre Dame’s defensive plan and one that may be seen again against Central Michigan.
Most of Notre Dame’s coming schedule spent last week in relative exhibitions, though one future opposing passer struggled in that environment.
Marcus Freeman can do his best to set the record straight about Notre Dame’s rain-delay diet or try to keep folks from thinking ahead to Ohio State in two weeks, but the ‘Hollywood’ legend is already set, and the Buckeyes loom.