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Christopher L. Gasper

Notre Dame’s revival is gold for college football

Notre Dame football is one of the most recognizable and storied brands in North American sports. But it has been a while since the brand of football played by the Fighting Irish lived up to the brand name of Rockne, Leahy, and Parseghian, Touchdown Jesus, Rudy, and Rocket Ismail.

Always influential off the field, Notre Dame has been part of the college football hoi polloi on the field, going 32-31 the previous five seasons. The Roman Empire of college football was reduced to spinning its well-heeled wheels and spouting its history — 11 national championship (but none since the 1988 season), seven Heisman Trophy winners (but none since 1987), and one melodious fight song, while ceding the national title chase to the Alabamas, LSUs, and Oregons.

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