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Fighting Irish Facts

Under Brian Kelly, the Irish have been virtually unbeatable as road favorites while winning just three out of 12 games as the road underdog.

• Notre Dame will be shooting for its second straight double-digit-winning season following last year’s 10-3 mark. The last time the Irish won at least 10 games in back-to-back years was 1992-93 when Lou Holtz’s squad went 10-1-1 and 11-1.

• Since Brian Kelly arrived at Notre Dame prior to the 2010 season, the Irish have won at least eight games each season (55 total). The last time Notre Dame won at least eight games six years in a row was from 1988-93 when the Irish won 64 times. Lou Holtz’s streak of seven campaigns in a row of at least eight wins began in 1987.

• The Irish were 6-0 in Notre Dame Stadium in 2015, marking Brian Kelly’s second season with a perfect home record. The Irish were 6-0 in 2012. Prior to ’12, the last  undefeated season at home came under Bob Davie when the Irish went unscathed (6-0) in 1998. (Lou Holtz’s teams won 19 straight home games from Michigan State on Sept. 19, 1987 through Purdue on Sept. 29, 1990.)

• The combined road record last year of Notre Dame’s six home opponents in ‘16 was 21-13 – Nevada (2-4), Miami (4-1), Duke (4-2), Stanford (4-1), Miami (3-3) and Virginia Tech (4-2).

• Notre Dame’s record under Brian Kelly at true road venues is 14-11. Its three road opponents this season were a combined 11-8 at home in ’15 – Texas (3-3), N.C. State (3-3) and USC (5-2).

• In the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame, the Irish have been a road favorite 13 times, winning 11 and losing two (at Michigan in ’11 and at Pittsburgh in ’13). They’ve been the road underdog 12 times, winning just three (USC in 2010, Michigan State and Oklahoma in 2012).

• In the two seasons that Brian VanGorder has been defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, the Irish have allowed at least 400 yards total offense 13 out of 26 games, including seven of 450-plus.

• In the last 21 games, dating back to the North Carolina game on Oct. 11, 2014, Notre Dame’s defense has allowed 52 touchdown drives of 70 yards or more. That’s an average of 2.47 touchdown drives of 70 yards or more per game. The Irish surrendered 24 such drives in the last eight games of 2014 and 28 over last year’s 13-game schedule.

• In 2014, Notre Dame allowed at least 30 points in seven games, including five of 39 or more. In 2015, Notre Dame allowed at least 30 points in four games, just two of more than 31 points – the last two versus Stanford (38) and Ohio State (44).

• Notre Dame has averaged 32.8 and 34.2 points per game the last two seasons. The last time the Irish averaged more than 30 points per game in back-to-back seasons was 2005-06 when Charlie Weis’ teams averaged 36.7 and 31.0 points per game. The Irish averaged better than 30 points per game from 1988-93 and eight of Lou Holtz’s last nine seasons at Notre Dame. Top Stories