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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants it more?              

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school basketball followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week's schedule features several games with teams battling for first place in their respective conferences. We're going to spotlight a few of them:

Niles North at Highland Park, 7:00 p.m.

St. Viator at Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

St. Ignatius vs. Loyola, 7:00 p.m. (at Loyola University)

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.

78 Days to Kickoff: Notre Dame

78 Days to Kickoff: Notre Dame

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Niles Notre Dame

Head coach: Michael Hennessey

Assistant coaches: Dan DeFranza, Fred Proesel, Jim Morrissey, Eric Hennessey, Pat Gallagher and Joe Pauley

How they fared in 2018: 10-3 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Notre Dame made the Class 6A state playoff field and defeated St. Ignatius, Crystal Lake South and Antioch. They lost to Cary-Grove 28-21 in the semifinal round. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Geneva
Sept. 6 vs Oak Forest
Sept. 13 vs Marist
Sept. 20 @ Benet Academy
Sept. 27 vs St. Laurence
Oct. 4 @ St. Viator
Oct. 11 @ St. Patrick
Oct. 18 vs Carmel
Oct. 25 vs Joliet Catholic

[MORE: 90 Days to Kickoff - St. Patrick]

Biggest storyline: Is there life for Notre Dame after the graduation loss of All-State running back Ty Gavin (Winona State)?

Names to watch this season: QB Anthony Sayles (Jr.), RB Julian Schurr (Sr.), LB Anthony Ranallo (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Dons will need to replace 15 graduated starters from a season ago. That includes replacing all five starting offensive linemen. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's no question that the Dons will have several questions to answer this summer; however, Notre Dame has an exciting playmaker under center in junior QB Anthony Sayles. He has enough firepower to compete with all challengers in 2019. This will be Michael Hennessey's 33rd season at the helm of the program. If this program can reload, especially up front on both sides of the line, look for them to challenge for a state playoff spot this fall. 
 

Notre Dame loses 'big' game again, gets dominated by Clemson in CFP semi-final

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Notre Dame loses 'big' game again, gets dominated by Clemson in CFP semi-final

No. 3 Notre Dame entered Saturday's College Football Playoff semi-final matchup with a recent reputation of falling in big postseason games. They did nothing to change that reputation against No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.

Clemson absolutely dominated Notre Dame, defeating the Fighting Irish 30-3 to advance to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Clemson will play either No. 1 Alabama or No. 4 Oklahoma on Jan. 7 at Levi's Stadium.

Notre Dame and Clemson were actually tied at 3-3 after the first quarter, though the latter took over from that point on. Clemson scored 27 unanswered points the rest of the game, including 20 alone in the second quarter before pulling their starters early in the fourth quarter.

Clemson picked up more first downs (26-17), total yards (538-248), passing yards (327-160), rushing yards (211-88) and forced more turnovers (2-1) than Notre Dame. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (27-39, 327 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions) also out-played Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (17-34, 160 yards, no touchdowns and one interception). 

For Notre Dame, the loss is more of the same in terms of losing big in the "big" postseason games. The Fighting Irish ended the BCS era 0-4 in BCS bowl games, losing the 2001 and 2006 Fiesta Bowl, the 2007 Sugar Bowl and the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Saturday's loss to Clemson dropped Notre Dame's record in New Year's Six games to 0-2, as the Fighting Irish also lost the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. A look at the scores of those games, respectively:

Game Score
2001 Fiesta Bowl Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
2006 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
2007 Sugar Bowl LSU 41, Notre Dame 14
2013 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14
2016 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 44, Notre Dame 28
2018 Cotton Bowl Clemson 30, Notre Dame 3

Clemson improved to 14-0 with Saturday's victory, so the strength of Notre Dame's opposition should not be understated. Clemson also is coming off a blowout loss in the 2017 CFP; No. 4 Alabama beat No. 1 Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl en route to winning the 2018 CFP National Championship.

Regardless, the fact that Notre Dame is now winless in their last six "big" postseason games is still a disappointment, especially considering that they went 12-0 in the 2018 regular season.