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Brian Kelly sees bright Irish future

Yankees president Randy Levine, left, presents Notre Dame

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Notre Dame’s 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium was significant in that it marked the end of the road for Brian Kelly’s first recruiting class since he took over as head coach for the 2010 season. It culminated a 9-4 season that he said was good but that fell short of the Irish goal of double-digit wins every season.

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Gamecocks vs. Badgers highlight non-BCS Bowls

Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks prepares

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While many are waiting for the BCS Bowl games to begin, here's a preview of several non-BCS Bowl matchups that are worth a look.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6) (Dec. 28, Noon, ESPN): Notre Dame playing in Yankee Stadium? The Fighting Irish will be the big draw. Rutgers should have no problems with that. Just playing Notre Dame in a major venue on national TV is enough...

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Notre Dame football aims to stay relevant

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Notre Dame’s decision to join the ACC in all sports except football raised a lot of eye brows. The move forced the decision makers in South Bend to make some touch choices, including dropping Michigan from its schedule after 2014.

The move also prompted the Irish to stagger their rivalry with Michigan State a bit. Notre Dame won’t play Michigan State again until 2016. But that doesn’t mean...

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The best of the non-BCS bowl games

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees throws against Purdue

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Now that the bowl matchups are set, here is a summary of the best of the non-BCS games.

Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State vs. USC (Dec. 21, 3:30 ABC): This is one of the more intriguing bowl games as Fresno State’s David Carr will take on a legit defense. Considering Carr’s status as an NFL prospect and Fresno State’s near-perfect season, this is a game worth paying for. It could be Carr’s big selling...

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College football games to watch

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston smiles on the

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There are several games this weekend that have serious national title implications. Florida State is looking to stay undefeated and in the top 10, while two undefeated PAC-12 teams in Washington and Stanford look to keep its names in national headlines. Ohio State will get its toughest test (vs. Northwestern) to date and Notre Dame looks to keep its BCS hopes alive against Arizona State.

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Games to watch this weekend

DROPPED OUT: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (pictured). ON

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No. 6 LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) @ No. 9 Georgia (3-0, 1-0), 3:30: Georgia QB Aaron Murray has vaulted himself right into the Heisman Trophy conversation. If anyone disagrees with that check his last two games. Murray has completed 39 of 53 passes for 717 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. He threw for 309 yards and four TDs in the Bulldogs’ 41-30 win over South Carolina. Murray will need to...

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Games to watch this weekend

There are many things that could be decided this weekend, including the futures of Mack Brown and Bo Pelini, the plight of Notre Dame and the legitimacy of Auburn and Michigan State. Tennessee needs to beat Florida for the first time in what feels like 50 years, Arizona State needs to prove last weekends win against Wisconsin wasn't a gift and Notre Dame needs to win to keep itself in BCS title...

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Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry ending, just not yet

Michigan fans wave pom-poms before an NCAA college

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It's sad to see the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry coming to an end.

With a move to the ACC and new scheduling obligations, the Fighting Irish last year opted out of games against Michigan scheduled for 2015-17. The teams will meet next season in South Bend and then that’s it for now. The series could start up at some point in the future, but that’s undetermined.

But let’s be clear on something:...

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Games to watch this weekend

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees drops back to

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Here are a few weekend matchups to look forward to.

No. 14 Notre Dame @ No. 17 Michigan, 8:00: This game isn’t likely to have any national title implications, but a road win in a hostile stadium would be just what Notre Dame needs. Tommy Rees was efficient in the Fighting Irish’s 28-6 win over Temple, completing 16 of 23 passes for 346 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The competition...

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UConn and Rutgers disappoint

Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova passes against Cincinnati in

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A few quick notes on the opening weekend of college football.

Rutgers: How long are we to drink the Kool-Aid. Instead of kicking the extra point to force a fifth OT in their 52-51 4OT loss at Fresno State, the Scarlet Knights went for two. Ok, so you like to see coaches taking chances. It can make the games more exciting for the fans. But losses in college football are tough to swallow. One...

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