Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football 2014 News and Updates
2/4/14- After a 2013 appearance in the National Championship and near-perfect year, most people anticipated a lesser subsequent season from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. While the Irish did have a solid season, finishing #20 on the AP and #24 on the Coaches Poll, a 9-4 record is still a step back. Notre Dame landed some big-time prospects among their 2014 No.8 recruiting class (16 4-star players) including: OL Quenton Nelson (No. 29 overall prospect), LB Nyles Morgan, WR Justin Brent and OL Alex Bars. They’ll need as much help as they can get from these recruits, after bidding farewell to Tommy Rees (among top passers in Notre Dame history), TE Troy Niklas & WR T.J. Jones on offense, and six more starters on defense: Stephon Tuitt & Prince Shembo (both top 10 sack leaders in team history), compounded by the suspension of their leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels.
… moreStill, the return of WB Everett Golson and a promising group of recruits will definitely keep the Fighting Irish going strong in 2014.
10/31/13 – While Notre Dame could easily be 8-2 heading into its final two games of the season, they’ll finish against two teams with competitive programs – BYU and Stanford. In 2012, when the Fighting Irish went undefeated, both the Cougars and the Cardinal made for a close finish. BYU vs. Notre Dame tickets to attend Senior night in South Bend, start at $76. For Notre Dame to qualify for a BCS game, they’ll need to finish in the top 14 in the rankings, right now they’re at No. 25. Thus far in the season, the biggest wins for the Irish came against Pac-12 teams – then #22 Arizona State Sun Devils in the Shamrock Series, and rival USC Trojans.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football
Despite losing their starting QB Everett Golson to poor academic judgment, Notre Dame Fighting Irish tickets remain the most expensive in the NCAA. Prior to Golson’s suspension, Fighting Irish tickets averaged $455 over seven home games. Since the suspension was announced, Notre Dame football tickets have dropped $42 on the resale market but remain the most expensive College Football tickets
. Last year, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were the third most desired home team in College Football. Attending a game in South Bend was on average $279.
Since Notre Dame played in its first BCS National Championship in 24 years last season, tickets to a game at Notre Dame Stadium have increased 48 percent. Notre Dame will play many of their rivals at home in 2013 - Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Football (avg. $374), USC Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football (avg. $559, 2.5-times the cost of last year’s matchup in Los Angeles), and Navy Midshipmen vs. Notre Dame Football (avg. $269). USC and Notre Dame have agreed to extend their classic intersectional football series through the 2023 season. Fourth year coach Brian Kelly and the Irish will play the ASU Sun Devils at Cowboys Stadium in the annual Shamrock Series. Arizona State Sun Devils Football vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football is the most expensive game on the Notre Dame schedule, averaging $1,278 per ticket. That is, on average, $567 more than last year’s BCS National Championship tickets between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
One road game in high demand this year is Michigan vs. Notre Dame Football. The game will be played in Ann Arbor and is averaging $465, the most expensive game on the Michigan Wolverine schedule. It is looking as if the game may be the last for the two schools in a while as they are not scheduled to play again after the 2014-15 season. Beginning in 2014, Notre Dame football will play five ACC Conference members each year. As a result, new rivalries will likely emerge. Excitement is already building for next season's Notre Dame schedule that includes matchups against Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Florida State. In addition, the Fighting Irish will play Syracuse at MetLife Stadium for the off-site Shamrock series.