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Sept. 24, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 12 of 55 SEPT. 24, 2018 13 THEY SAID IT "While Aaron Rodgers says he's planning to play [week two], Packers coach Mike Mc- Carthy made no promises, which means that he and his coaches will have to get DeShone Kizer ready to play. And Kizer has benefitted from the increased reps he's gotten since Brett Hundley was dealt last month — something that showed in limited action on Sunday night — so [leading into the game] should be good for him regardless of who takes the first snap against Minnesota …" Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer on former Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer "The jury is still out on the Irish — in large part because it's hard to tell how good Michigan is, and the win over Ball State wasn't exactly convincing. There were times when the offensive line's protection broke down, and when the defense allowed too many big plays. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush threw three interceptions and finished with negative-7 rushing yards — the first time in his career he had negative rushing yards. "Notre Dame is right where it should be at 2-0, but in order to be taken seriously in the playoff race, it first has to leave no doubt over the next two weeks that it's better than both Vanderbilt and Wake For- est. Then it has to win back-to-back games against what should still be ranked opponents in Stanford and Virginia Tech. Only then will we start to know whether the Irish have staying power this year." — ESPN's Heather Dinich on what was learned about the Irish as one of the top 10 contenders for the College Foot- ball Playoff "Two things are keeping Notre Dame's prices in check right now, and it's time to capitalize. One is Michi- gan's lack of credibility, temporarily rendering what will stand as one of college football's best wins of 2018 merely a garden-variety quality win. "Then there's the Ball State clunker, which was a hangover, letdown or whatever you want to call it — nothing more, nothing less. The Irish will prepare and play better moving forward, and could be undervalued until their next opportunity in the spotlight when Stanford comes to town in week five." — ESPN's Will Harris on listing Notre Dame in his "buy" category following week two of the college football season "Quenton Nelson, the Colts' sixth-overall pick in April's NFL Draft, got the start at left guard against the Bengals, and played all 82 snaps with the offense. With the Colts dropping back for passes on 60 total snaps, Nelson performed relatively well in his matchup against a talented Cincinnati defensive line, earning a pass blocking grade of 70.3 from Pro Football Focus." — Andrew Walker of OF THE WEEK "Thank you Irish fans for your bone chilling energy and support these last two weeks! Let's keep it going! #ProtectThisHouse #GoIrish. Notre Dame senior tight end Alizé Mack (@AlizeMack97) Sept. 9. PHOTO BY EVAN SIEGLE/COURTESY GREEN BAY PACKERS UNDER THE DOME BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO Box 2331 Durham, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 DELIVERY LIMITED TO CONTINENTAL U.S. PLEASE ADD SALES TAX FOR ITEMS SHIPPING TO: (NC 7.5%, IN 7%, MI 6%) GRILL MAT $49.95 + FREE S&H Available in 2 Styles: ND or Leprechaun (Item #6622-ND or #6622-LEP) (Item #6621) CUSTOM GRILL COVERS Hand-made in the USA using the finest commercial grade vinyl. Mold-resistant, breathable vinyl with drawstring bottom. Logo printed with UV-resistant ink. AVAILABLE IN 2 SIZES & 3 LOGOS: Small: 60" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $51.95 + $15.00 S&H Large: 72" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $54.95 + $15.00 S&H Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery. Made to order & shipped direct from manufacturer, returns not related to damage may incur fee.

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