Saturday was a day for some of the new stars of Notre Dame football to take center stage, and they did just that.
It was business as usual for No. 7 Notre Dame Saturday as they defeated New Mexico, 66-14, in the Fighting Irish’s home opener. It was the most points in a home opener for Notre Dame since 1932.
With a number of starters graduated from the 2018 team, it was expected for some young players to have an impact for Notre Dame in the 2019 season. They did just that in the 35-17 season-opening win for the Fighting Irish on Monday in Louisville against the Cardinals.
For the first time in program history, Notre Dame football will open its season on Labor Day. The No. 9 Fighting Irish are the only game being played on the holiday when they visit Louisville on Monday at 8 p.m.
The Notre Dame defensive line returns a lot of talent. The Louisville offensive line is coming off one of the worst seasons for a line in the country last year. Needless to say, the Fighting Irish defense is licking its chops for Monday’s showdown in Louisville.
After his college football playing days were over, Chip Long sent out his resume to every NCAA Division-I school in hopes of getting a position on a football coaching staff. Only one called him back: Louisville.
The good news about the Notre Dame football offensive line is that four of five starters from the Cotton Bowl loss to end the 2018 season are back in 2019.
A season ago, Chase Claypool entered Notre Dame's fall football camp as the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart. With Miles Boykin now a member of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, though, Claypool will get a chance to be the No. 1 guy for the Fighting Irish this season.
Replacing Drue Tranquill and Te'von Coney from a playoff team is going to be tough. Notre Dame hopes to find their replacements in the next four weeks.
The last time the Notre Dame football team was in action, the Fighting Irish were losing to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal. A 30-3 defeat brought an abrupt end to an otherwise perfect season that saw Notre Dame in the championship picture for the first time since 2012.
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