Bowl-bound Navy put together another stellar season despite a subpar defense. Notre Dame? Let's just say the Irish are green with envy.
Notre Dame's defense has struggled, and the Irish's luck doesn't look like it's going to change when it faces Purdue. Check out the non-automatic BCS conferences and independents notes.
There wasn't much change, for better or for worse, in the independents this past season, writes Adam Rittenberg.
From Ohio turning its season around to Notre Dame extending its streak, the non-BCS and independents are covered here.
Adam Rittenberg takes a look at the best and worst of the I-A Independents, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and C-USA so far.
Boise State and Garrett Wolfe are two of the few highlights for the non-BCS season.
Michigan State has beaten Notre Dame in seven of their last nine meetings. But the Spartans might just be the perfect opponent for a struggling Irish squad.
The unexpected firing of coach Tyrone Willingham capped a season of surprises in South Bend.
Of all the QBs to face Notre Dame in the program's history, Tyler Palko became the first to pass for five touchdowns.
Notre Dame delivers peak performances under only the most challenging of circumstances.
Notre Dame players are used to playing in loud venues. But none of them have been to Neyland Stadium.
Notre Dame having to deal with blowing a lead for two weeks plus series rotations and Navy feelin' better all the time.
Barring a late-season collapse, Notre Dame and Navy will reach the postseason.
Tyrone Willingham absorbs losses like a sponge but recognizes when the Irish have been beaten by a better team.
Irish RB Ryan Grant erased any doubts about his tender hamstring. Plus, Navy's missed opportunity and more.
Notre Dame isn't lacking motivation for Saturday's home game against the hated Purdue Boilermakers.