Irish Debate - Notre Dame’s Toughest 2016 Opponent

June 29th, 2016

Notre Dame faces a number of top opponents in 2016. Michigan State, Stanford, Miami, Texas, N.C. State and Navy all present problems for Notre Dame, but two opponents stand out above the rest. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate which opponent - USC or Virginia Tech - presents the toughest matchup for the Irish in 2016.

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Irish Huddle - Defensive Line Preview

June 27th, 2016

If Notre Dame is going to compete for a championship in 2016, its defense will have to improve. No unit will have a greater impact on the defense's ability to play at that level than does the defensive line. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the depth chart and discuss which players are key to the Irish getting championship production from the front.

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Irish Huddle - 2016 Offensive Line Preview

June 23rd, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview the 2016 Notre Dame offensive line. Despite losing 1st Round NFL Draft pick Ronnie Stanley at left tackle and two-time captain Nick Martin at center, the Irish expectations have not changed much for the line. The combination of tackle Mike McGlinchey and guard Quenton Nelson on the left side is expected to be one of the nation's top groups, but how will the rest of the line shake out? That and more is discussed in today's show.

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Recruiting Corner - Irish Invasion Recap

June 20th, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated recruiting editor Andrew Ivins and football analyst Bryan Driskell recap Notre Dame's 2016 Irish Invasion. Notre Dame picked up three commitments from the event, and there was plenty of other recruiting news to discuss. The staff also breaks down the performance of the players on the field and previews what's next for Irish recruiting.

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Recruiting Corner - Irish Invasion Preview

June 16th, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated recruiting editor Andrew Ivins and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview Notre Dame's premier recruiting event, the Irish Invasion. Notre Dame will have a number of elite prospects on campus, and those players are discussed. The staff also talks about which players are on commit watch, and what they would bring to the game for the Irish.

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Irish Debate - Top Impact Freshman

June 15th, 2016

Notre Dame is bringing in a talented and deep group of freshmen, and several will have an immediate impact. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate which freshman will stand above the rest and make the most significant impact in the 2016 season.

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Irish Huddle - 2016 Wide Receiver and Tight End Preview

June 13th, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview the wide receiver and tight end positions for the Irish. Notre Dame loses the majority of its pass game production from last fall, and players without much experience have to emerge. Are they ready for primetime, and will the tight end become a bigger factor in the offense? Those questions and more are addressed in the latest edition of the Irish Huddle.

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Irish Debate - Notre Dame’s Most Important Pass Catcher In 2016

June 8th, 2016

Who replaces Will Fuller as Notre Dame's top playmaker? Who fills the leadership void left by Chris Brown? Which Irish pass catcher steps up as the go-to player, the one who is most vital to the Irish offense? Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate that topic in this week's podcast.

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Irish Huddle - 2016 Running Back Preview

June 6th, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview the 2016 Notre Dame backfield. What can Irish fans expect from Tarean Folston, who is back from a season-ending knee injury? How will he and Josh Adams fair together? Will Dexter Williams or Justin Brent find a role on the offense? What, if anything, can be expected of the freshmen? Those questions and more are addressed by the staff.

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Irish Debate - Who Is Notre Dame’s Impact DB In 2016?

June 1st, 2016

In order to make a run at the College Football Playoffs, Notre Dame must get better play from its defense, especially its secondary. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate which defensive back is most crucial to Notre Dame getting improved play on the back end of the defense. Is it senior cornerback Cole Luke, or junior safety Drue Tranquill?

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