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Notre Dame's Kyren Williams (23) rushes past North Carolina's Jeremiah Gemmell (44) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

No. 2 Irish close out home schedule against Syracuse

Dec. 3, 2020 4:40 PM EST

Syracuse (1-9, 1-8 ACC) at No. 2 Notre Dame (9-0, 8-0, No. 2 CFP), Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EST (NBC). Line: Notre Dame by 33 1/2. Series record: Notre Dame leads 6-3. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Notre Dame’s final tune-up for the ACC title game on Dec. 19 against either No. 4 Clemson or No. 9 Miami with...

Notre Dame's Kyren Williams (23) rushes past North Carolina's Jeremiah Gemmell (44) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

No. 2 Irish hope to build ACC, CFP resume against Orange

Dec. 3, 2020 2:52 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The script has been rewritten off and on for No. 2 Notre Dame in a year dominated by the pandemic, but the overall goal remains the same for Brian Kelly and his team: win two championships. The Fighting Irish (9-0, CFP No. 2) ended 131 years as a football independent to join the...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs off the field after the team's win over Pittsburgh in an NCAA college football game Saturday, NovĀ 28, 2020, in Clemson, S.C. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool)

In the ACC, even without fans, there's no place like home

Dec. 2, 2020 1:37 PM EST

Clemson’s Death Valley does not have as many signs of life on game days. Hard Rock Stadium is often very quiet when Miami scores. Lane Stadium isn’t shaking atop its foundation when Virginia Tech takes the field before kickoff. These are obvious deviations from the norms, further proof that nothing...

Notre Dame's Kyren Williams (23) reacts after scoring on a 1-yard carry against North Carolina during an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

No. 2 Notre Dame rolling behind talent and quality depth

Dec. 1, 2020 9:25 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — If No. 2 Notre Dame manages to secure its second College Football Playoff berth, coach Brian Kelly’s words before his Fighting Irish secured their first one in 2018 will have proven prophetic. “Look, we need to get better from 65 to 85 — that 65th scholarship to...

North Carolina's Jeremiah Gemmell (44) stops Notre Dame's Kyren Williams during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Book, defense help No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 25 UNC 31-17

Nov. 27, 2020 9:07 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Ian Book kept scrambling to buy time and help No. 2 Notre Dame put together multiple long touchdown drives. The Fighting Irish's defense allowed little room for Sam Howell and No. 25 North Carolina's potent offense to do the same. Book threw for a score while the Fighting Irish...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Week 13: Notre Dame-N Carolina; Iowa St-Texas top game menu

Nov. 26, 2020 9:18 PM EST

The jockeying for position begins in earnest now that the first College Football Playoff rankings are out. Among the four teams at the top, only Notre Dame (No. 2 CFP) is expected to face a strong challenge this week. Alabama (No. 1) hosts Auburn in the Iron Bowl rivalry, Clemson (No. 3) is at home against...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book looks for a receiver during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Clemson in South Bend, Ind. Book's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (Matt Cashore/Pool Photo via AP, File)

No. 2 Notre Dame visits No. 25 UNC in key ACC matchup

Nov. 26, 2020 10:52 AM EST

No. 2 Notre Dame (8-0, 7-0 ACC) at No. 25 North Carolina (6-2, 6-2), 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Notre Dame by 7½. Series record: Notre Dame leads 18-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Notre Dame has won 14 consecutive games dating to last season and is closing in on a spot in next month’s ACC championship...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

No. 2 Notre Dame visits No. 25 UNC in pivotal ACC matchup

Nov. 26, 2020 9:33 AM EST

Second-ranked Notre Dame is moving closer to playing for its first-ever conference championship and returning to the College Football Playoff. The next challenge is slowing No. 25 North Carolina’s high-scoring offense. The Fighting Irish enter Friday’s game sitting alone atop the Atlantic Coast...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 25 UNC meet in ACC headliner this week

Nov. 26, 2020 4:02 AM EST

Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 25 North Carolina. Brian Kelly's Fighting Irish (8-0, 7-0 ACC) face their toughest remaining hurdle in their march toward the ACC championship game with Friday’s trip to face the Tar Heels (6-2,...

Wake Forest defense back Ja'Sir Taylor (6) defends North Carolina's Dyami Brown (2) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Taylor intercepted the pass. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Howell, No. 25 Tar Heels offense a challenge for No. 2 Irish

Nov. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly has postponed No. 2 Notre Dame’s Thanksgiving dinner for two days — perhaps for good reason. His Fighting Irish (8-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to be light on their feet when they take on the explosive offense of Mack Brown’s 25th-ranked...