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The Triple Option: Notre Dame Football and its night moves

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly yells at officials after what could have been a game-winning touchdown is called back in the closing moments against Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Florida State won, 31-27.
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A day dealing with roofers is a day destined for the triple option — LFG!

I WOKE LAST NIGHT TO THE SOUND OF THUNDER

Even though Deion Sanders — PRIME TIME himself — is an alum of the Florida State Seminoles, it’s the Notre Dame Fighting Irish that are the all-time prime time program. Having a handful of night games on the road each season has been a consistent theme for the Irish football program. So... if you thought the season opener against the Noles on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend was going to be an afternoon affair — you haven’t been paying attention for the last 20 years.

It’s really lining up to be an amazing weekend to kickoff the 2021 college football season.

YOU DON’T NEED PAPER

After the game in Tallahassee, the Irish come home to take on the Toledo Rockets (now feared by Tim Prister). That game will be the first one in which the Irish will use mobile ticketing as the option for home games moving forward.

Fear not paper lover of nostalgia, Notre Dame will provide some type of commemorative ticket option in the future.

DUMBASSERY IS ALIVE AND WELL

I’m not quite ready to work myself into a lather over “rankings” in May, but I’m definitely working my way towards that state (maybe I’ll be full rabid on this week’s OFD Podcast). I do, however, feel it’s my duty to publicly point out nonsense — like this top 25 from Mark Schlabach:

MIDDLE MANAGEMENT

How do you feel about the new NCAA transfer rule? Oh cool — it doesn’t matter. Your opinion about the issue should now be buried in the abyss along with any belief in Q. What truly matters is how coaches will have to work with this rule moving forward. CBS’s Dennis Dodd writes about how people like Brian Kelly now have to take on a GM role to successfully manage their rosters.