Irish Huddle - N.C. State Preview

July 27th, 2016

One of Notre Dame's toughest games in 2016 could be the Oct. 8 road game to N.C. State. It will be Notre Dame's first trip to Raleigh, and it will be a must-win situation for the Irish. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview the Wolfpack heading into the 2016 season.

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Irish Huddle - Previewing Duke and Syracuse

July 26th, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview Notre Dame's fourth and fifth opponents, the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange. Notre Dame will be heavily favored in both games, but both opponents do present unique challenges, led by great offensive minds in head coach David Sutcliffe (Duke) and Dino Babers (Syracuse).

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Irish Huddle - 2016 Special Teams Preview

July 25th, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview the Notre Dame special teams heading into the 2016 season. Notre Dame returns a talented kicking duo in sophomore placekicker Justin Yoon and junior punter Tyler Newsome to go along with sophomore return man C.J. Sanders. A look at the coverage units is a part of the show, and the staff takes a look back at the Ohio State game where the Irish were dominated on special teams.

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Irish Huddle - Michigan State Preview

July 22nd, 2016

Notre Dame is 3-1 against Michigan State under Brian Kelly, but the Spartans have emerged as one of the nation's premier programs in recent seasons. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview the Spartans, and discuss how the Irish matchup against the reigning Big Ten Champs.

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Irish Huddle - Previewing Texas and Nevada

July 21st, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview Notre Dame's first two opponents, the Texas Longhorns and the Wolfpack from Nevada. Texas head coach Charlie Strong is on the hot seat in Austin, but he has a young and talented roster. Former Irish assistant Brian Polian is also on the hot seat at Nevada, but the Wolfpack will have a much harder time against the Irish.

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Irish Debate - Continuing the Shamrock Series

July 20th, 2016

Notre Dame will be taking a break from the Shamrock Series for the 2017 series. The question is, should it return in 2018, or is it time for Notre Dame to move past it. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate that very topic.

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Recruiting Corner - July 15

July 15th, 2016

Notre Dame has landed three Rivals250 players in the last week, providing a significant impact on the 2017 recruiting class. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the three new commits, and look forward at how Notre Dame will look to finish out the class.

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Irish Debate: Notre Dame’s Offensive Line vs. Defensive Line

July 13th, 2016

Notre Dame must play well in the trenches if it wants to make a playoff run in 2016, but which unit has more pressure on its shoulders, the offensive line or the defensive line? Which unit has to play better if the Irish are to maximize their potential as program? Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate this topic.

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Irish Huddle - Defensive Back Preview

July 12th, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview the Notre Dame secondary heading into the 2016 season. With KeiVarae Russell, Elijah Shumate and Matthias Farley now off to the NFL, the Irish return an inexperience - but talented - group of defensive backs. Several questions must be answered. Is Cole Luke ready to emerge as a shut down cornerback? Can Drue Tranquill stay healthy, and if so can he be productive? Does Max Redfield finally have his breakout, or will freshman Devin Studstill steal his playing time? Those questions and much more are discussed on this week's show.

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Irish Debate - Notre Dame’s 2016 Trap Game

July 6th, 2016

It happens almost every year. Some opponent that Notre Dame is supposed to beat - soundly - gives the Irish a tough game, and sometimes even knocks them off. The 2016 is filled with potential trap games, but which one is the scariest? Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate which 2016 opponent is the biggest trap game.

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