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Brian Kelly’s jabs about refs robbing Notre Dame may be strategic

It was a Sunday shot heard ’round the sports world. ‘‘Florida State blew the coverage,’’ Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said, ‘‘and they got rewarded for it. It’s unfortunate.’’ Kelly was speaking with reporters about the key play in Saturday’s 31-27 loss to the Seminoles, …


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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Coach Brian Kelly still doesn’t agree with flag that wiped out Notre Dame’s winning TD


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coach Brian Kelly found out it was Will Fuller, not fellow receiver CJ Prosise, who was flagged for offensive pass interference during Notre Dame’s final possession Saturday against Florida State. But that’s about the only thing Kelly was sure about a day …

Notre Dame shows it's worthy of playoff spot


So much was wrong about the outcome of Florida State’s  31-27 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night. So much, if you’re the Irish. Who will ever forget the flag thrown on wide receiver P.J. Prosise that nullified a touchdown catch by fellow wideout Corey …

Florida State hands Notre Dame first loss in thriller


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It appeared, for a brief moment, that Notre Dame had a season-defining victory.

Everett Golson threw a two-yard pass on fourth down to Corey Robinson for a go-ahead touchdown against No. 2 Florida State with 13 seconds to go.

Only the play …

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz says loser isn’t done


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz didn’t see the Notre Dame-Florida State showdown Saturday as an elimination game for the College Football Playoff. “Florida State and Notre Dame, regardless of the outcome of this game, should win out,” Holtz said during a …

Northwestern lets opportunities get away in loss to Nebraska


There’s a saying about opportunity and what happens when it knocks. But what about when it hits you in the hands?

It would have been good Saturday for Northwestern to catch it.

The Wildcats lost 38-17 to No. 19 Nebraska at Ryan Field, but it …

RB Justin Jackson not playing like a freshman

Last week, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald remarked that true freshman running back Justin Jackson really isn’t a freshman anymore.

Maybe Fitzgerald’s point was that Jackson’s class doesn’t matter. Jackson is arguably the Wildcats’ best player, and no one is featured more in their game plan. …

Northern Illinois powers past Miami (Ohio)

DEKALB — Drew Hare finished 365 yards of total offense, 185 passing and 180 rushing, and three touchdowns to lead Northern Illinois to a 51-41 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Overall, the two teams combined for 1172 yards and 56 first downs.

Cameron Stingily …

National report: Oklahoma, Baylor suffer a Big 12 letdown


I don’t know about you, but I got knocked out of the national championship race Saturday.

Matter of fact, I’m out of the College Football Playoff picture altogether. With me on the outside looking in is my preseason No. 1 team, Oklahoma.

I tell you, …

Notre Dame football midseason grades


Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game against Florida State as a contender for one of the four slots in the College Football Playoff. The statement is remarkable given all the uncertainty at the start of the season.

Northwestern must stick with run vs. Nebraska


Steve Greenberg provides 10 things to watch for in Week 8 of college football action on Saturday.

Notre Dame-Florida State showdown can’t get any bigger


­Jameis Winston doesn’t lose. The Florida State quarterback has made 19 starts, and the Seminoles have won each of those games. Everett Golson hasn’t been bad himself. Notre Dame is 16-1 in games he has started. His only loss came against Alabama in the BCS title game at the end of the 2012 season.

Loyola’s Milton Doyle could be out for season with injury


Loyola’s basketball season hopes already have suffered a blow with a potential season-ending injury to returning Missouri Valley Conference freshman of the year Milton Doyle.

Jameis Winston expected to play, but Notre Dame will prevail against FSU


BIG-GAME HUNTING: Perhaps right up until No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State kicks off, there’ll be at least some doubt as to whether Saturday’s marquee game will feature college football’s marquee player, Seminoles quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Eilar Hardy invited back on Notre Dame roster after academic probe

Eilar Hardy was the last football player named in Notre Dame’s academic probe.

The reserve safety could be the only one returning to practice soon.

“I met with Eilar, we have some work to do in terms of some of his academic work he’s working …

Off-field issues overshadow Notre Dame-Florida State matchup


RICK MORRISSEY: When we last saw Notre Dame in a huge game, the Fighting Irish looked like tortoises racing hares that were late for a wild multiplication party.