Bowl-bound Navy put together another stellar season despite a subpar defense. Notre Dame? Let's just say the Irish are green with envy.
There wasn't much change, for better or for worse, in the independents this past season, writes Adam Rittenberg.
Boise State and Garrett Wolfe are two of the few highlights for the non-BCS season.
For the service academies, bowl berths and national rankings are nice, but the real prize is the Commander-In-Chief's trophy. Navy's defense starts Saturday against Air Force.
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.
Irish RB Ryan Grant erased any doubts about his tender hamstring. Plus, Navy's missed opportunity and more.
Tyrone Willingham absorbs losses like a sponge but recognizes when the Irish have been beaten by a better team.
Notre Dame isn't lacking motivation for Saturday's home game against the hated Purdue Boilermakers.
Led by SS Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame's defense is simply battering its opponents with forced fumbles and INTs.
Notre Dame hopes the party is just getting started.