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10:12 AM ET 07.27 | Temple visits Notre Dame to open the 2013 season. It will take one more year than expected for the Irish to return the favor. The schools agreed to push a 2014 matchup set for Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field back to 2015 in order to accommodate an overflowing Notre Dame schedule for that season, a Temple spokesman confirmed on Friday. Before the rescheduling, Notre Dame had agreements to play 14 teams in 2014 and only the standard 12 spots available. The Irish's five-games-per-year deal with the ACC starts in 2014 and created the logjam, and Notre Dame still needs to rearrange one game to make the schedule feasible. The only candidates for that would seem to be Rice, Purdue and Northwestern, though there doesn't appear to be any momentum -- or for that matter, any talks -- with the Wildcats to reschedule that tilt.

Chicago Tribune

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July 27, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Unfortunately, with programs like ND's (and a few others) the demand for them will always exceed the supply. Even when ND's football programs fell on hard times they were still a major draw (i.e. their NBC contract was never in jeopardy). The good news for The Owls is that regardless of whether they play the Irish at home in 2014 or 2015 it will be the biggest pay day in the history of their athletic department and that they will be willing to wait for.

July 27, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Unfortunately, it is probably the Rice Owls who will get pushed aside so ND can lighten up its schedule. With the new Championship system, any team (including ND) would be unlikely to chose a weak opponent over a strong one. (Of course, you have to win those games!)

July 27, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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Unfortunately, with programs like ND's (and a few others) the demand for them will always exceed the supply. Even when ND's football programs fell on hard times they were still a major draw (i.e. their NBC contract was never in jeopardy). The good news for The Owls is that regardless of whether they play the Irish at home in 2014 or 2015 it will be the biggest pay day in the history of their athletic department and that they will be willing to wait for.

And the Owls will probably walk away with the win too!

July 27, 2013  02:03 PM ET
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And the Owls will probably walk away with the win too!

Keep prayin, Trolli!

July 27, 2013  02:15 PM ET
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Keep prayin, Trolli!

Trolli?

Almost 15K posts - that would be QUITE the trolling effort.

Let's be honest, the National Championship game exposed all the flaws the Irish had/have. They were the benefactors of EVERY fumble and deflection, to expect them to have the same ludicrous luck is nonsensical.

Michigan is going to beat them rather handily in Ann Arbor this year.......watch.

July 27, 2013  02:19 PM ET
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Trolli?Almost 15K posts - that would be QUITE the trolling effort.Let's be honest, the National Championship game exposed all the flaws the Irish had/have. They were the benefactors of EVERY fumble and deflection, to expect them to have the same ludicrous luck is nonsensical.

* Same luck THIS year

July 27, 2013  02:25 PM ET

It has to be Purdue, no question.

July 27, 2013  02:30 PM ET
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Michigan is going to beat them rather handily in Ann Arbor this year.......watch.

Its possible but not provable. However the Irish can't rely on shoelace all thumbs Robinson to fumble the game away.

How embarrassing for you Michiganders that game must have been. You're the laughingstock of college football everywhere.

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July 27, 2013  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Unfortunately, it is probably the Rice Owls who will get pushed aside so ND can lighten up its schedule. With the new Championship system, any team (including ND) would be unlikely to chose a weak opponent over a strong one. (Of course, you have to win those games!)

Appalachain st. The wound that will never heal.

July 27, 2013  02:52 PM ET
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Yeah, it looks like ND is guilty of oversigning. I thought they half-way joined the ACC, but w/the oversigning. looks like they half-way joined the SEC.(waiting to dodge the Van barrage)

For the record its a 1969 Chevy van.

The Irish will own the ACC, then we're coming for the SEC!!

Michigan football is a thing of the past, Big Blue should consider joining the MAC.

July 27, 2013  03:29 PM ET
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Trolli?Almost 15K posts - that would be QUITE the trolling effort.Let's be honest, the National Championship game exposed all the flaws the Irish had/have. They were the benefactors of EVERY fumble and deflection, to expect them to have the same ludicrous luck is nonsensical.Michigan is going to beat them rather handily in Ann Arbor this year.......watch.

Luck is part of the game, and the Irish had it. Something disgraceful about that? They were a good team; Alabama was a great team. Not ND's fault they were invited to play; what team wouldn't accept?

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July 27, 2013  05:03 PM ET
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Luck is part of the game, and the Irish had it.

Something disgraceful about that?

They were a good team; Alabama was a great team.

Not ND's fault they were invited to play; what team wouldn't accept?

Yes they did. My point is don't expect another miraculous season where the ball bounces the Irish's way every time.

Certainly not. Though having the hubris to think that you're team's record is a reflection of talent rather than opportunistic luck, while not disgraceful is COMICAL.

They were a PRETTY GOOD team (needed what SEVEN turnovers to beat Michigan by seven at home?) that played an NFL team (a team that also muscled Michigan by almost as much earlier in the season).

Never said it was, and no I doubt any team would turn down the opportunity. I was alluding to the exceptional 'luck of the Irish' AND the epic collapses of Oregon and (the other team escapes me) who were ranked ahead of ND the final week in the season. Sort of a harmonic convergence of things that enabled ND to go to the championship game, not stellar football - which is usually the case.

July 27, 2013  05:04 PM ET
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and that's all right with me

+1

I remember when that song came out on the radio.

July 27, 2013  05:07 PM ET
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Yes they did. My point is don't expect another miraculous season where the ball bounces the Irish's way every time.Certainly not. Though having the hubris to think that you're team's record is a reflection of talent rather than opportunistic luck, while not disgraceful is COMICAL.They were a PRETTY GOOD team (needed what SEVEN turnovers to beat Michigan by seven at home?) that played an NFL team (a team that also muscled Michigan by almost as much earlier in the season).Never said it was, and no I doubt any team would turn down the opportunity. I was alluding to the exceptional 'luck of the Irish' AND the epic collapses of Oregon and (the other team escapes me) who were ranked ahead of ND the final week in the season. Sort of a harmonic convergence of things that enabled ND to go to the championship game, not stellar football - which is usually the case.

Kansas State.

July 27, 2013  08:52 PM ET
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Yes they did. My point is don't expect another miraculous season where the ball bounces the Irish's way every time.Certainly not. Though having the hubris to think that you're team's record is a reflection of talent rather than opportunistic luck, while not disgraceful is COMICAL.They were a PRETTY GOOD team (needed what SEVEN turnovers to beat Michigan by seven at home?) that played an NFL team (a team that also muscled Michigan by almost as much earlier in the season).Never said it was, and no I doubt any team would turn down the opportunity. I was alluding to the exceptional 'luck of the Irish' AND the epic collapses of Oregon and (the other team escapes me) who were ranked ahead of ND the final week in the season. Sort of a harmonic convergence of things that enabled ND to go to the championship game, not stellar football - which is usually the case.

You just keep Prayin' Mr. Utley for an ND collapse, and watch the Irish keep winning.
We're coming after Alabama and the entire SEC, just to prove that an educational institution can also recruit the best and beat a minor league Pro team without academic pretensions.

July 27, 2013  09:30 PM ET
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You just keep Prayin' Mr. Utley for an ND collapse, and watch the Irish keep winning.We're coming after Alabama and the entire SEC, just to prove that an educational institution can also recruit the best and beat a minor league Pro team without academic pretensions.

What Sporty said!

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO IRISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
July 27, 2013  10:13 PM ET
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+1 I remember when that song came out on the radio.

Means you're old. Not to worry though, my grandfather always said that people who have more bithdays live longer. And I remember even before when that song played on the radio; I'm old too.

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