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3 Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly is just three wins away from tying Knute Rockne for most wins all-time by a Notre Dame coach. 4 Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 33-5 (.868). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014. Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled five or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) since the start of 2018. 7 The Irish were ranked No. 7 in the preseason USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Irish in the Kelly Era. It is the highest preseason ranking since 2006 when the Irish came in at No. 3. 9 Notre Dame’s victory over No. 1 Clemson last season was Notre Dame’s ninth win over an AP No. 1 opponent, which ties for second most all-time (Miami). Only Alabama has more (10). 12 Brian Kelly is entering his 12th season as the head coach at Notre Dame. It is the second-longest tenure of any Irish head coach, trailing only Knute Rockne, who coached for 13 seasons. 19 Notre Dame has won 19-consecutive-regular season games against ACC opponents. Its last defeat against an ACC foe in the regular season came back in 2017 against Miami. Of those 19 wins, 15 were won by 10 points or more. 24 Notre Dame has won 24-consecutive games at home, setting the modern-era record for longest home win streak. It is the second longest active streak in FBS. 102 Brian Kelly has tallied 102ˆ wins in his Notre Dame career. He is in sole possession of second place all-time in program history in career wins at Notre Dame. 371^ Career games coached by Brian Kelly, second among active NCAA coaches to Mack Brown (North Carolina). 520 After having nine selections in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Irish have had 520 draft picks all-time. No other college football program has totaled more than the Irish. The nine selections this past draft were the most ever in the Brian Kelly Era.
• Notre Dame is 108-17-5 (.850) in season openers, with victories in 28 of the last 34 lid-lifters. • The Irish are 25-5-2 in true road games to open the season. • The last time the Irish started on the road to begin the season, they defeated Louisville, 35-17, to open the 2019 campaign. • In nine of the last 11 seasons, the Irish have scored the first points in the season’s opening game. • The Irish are 9-2 in season-openers under Brian Kelly. • Since 1958, the Irish are 37-4 (.902) in the season opener when scoring first, while they are 14-6 when the opponent registers the first score. • In 2020, the Irish won the opener against Duke, 27-13, after the Blue Devils notched the first points after a field goal in the first quarter. • In the 108 seasons Notre Dame has won its opener, the Irish have gone on to post a winning record 93.5 percent of the time (101 seasons).
FLORIDA STATE NOTES
» Florida State opens its 2021 season in primetime Sunday, Sept. 5 hosting No. 9 Notre Dame. The game between two of college football’s iconic programs marks the seventh primetime season opener for the Seminoles in the last nine years and the fourth consecutive night game in the series. » The season opener will be FSU’s first football game on a Sunday in school history. » FSU leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 6-4 (.600), including a 4-1 mark (.800) in the state of Florida. The teams have split their two matchups in Tallahassee, with the most recent coming in 2014, when No. 2 Florida State defeated the 5th-ranked Fighting Irish 31-27. » FSU is 30-10 (.750) all-time when opening the season at home, including an 18-4 (.818) mark since 1975. Overall, the Seminoles are 54-20 (.730) in season openers. » Florida State is opening its season in Tallahassee for the fourth straight season, its longest stretch of season opening home contests since starting five straight years at home from 2008-12. The only other times FSU has played at least four straight season openers in Tallahassee are 1947-51, 1954-62 and 1981-84. » After having the youngest team in college football last season with freshmen and sophomores making up 75 percent of the roster, Florida State added 13 transfers with a combined 309 games of collegiate experience for the 2020 season. » FSU’s 13 transfers have recorded 1,677 rushing yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, 630 completions, 8,683 passing yards, 72 passing touchdowns, 102 receptions, 1,106 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns, 590 tackles, 61.0 tackles for loss, 35.0 sacks, 43 quarterback hurries, 32 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. » Last season, Florida State averaged 199.9 rushing yards per game, the program’s highest since 2016, and 5.11 yards per rush, its most since 2015. The Seminoles ranked 4th in the ACC in yards per carry and 5th in the conference in rushing yards per game. » FSU ranked 23rd nationally in yards-per-rush average and 16th among teams with at least 350 carries in 2020. The yards-per-game average ranked 20th among teams that played at least nine games last season.
NOLES OPEN 2021 SEASON AGAINST NO. 9 NOTRE DAME » The Seminoles open the 2021 season, the second under head coach Mike Norvell, Sunday, Sept. 5 on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. Florida State is 6-4 all-time against the Fighting Irish, splitting a pair of games in Tallahassee. » Every game in the series has featured at least one ranked team, with FSU being ranked in eight games, five times in the top-10, and Notre Dame being ranked for six matchups, all in the top-10. » The season opener against Notre Dame will be the first time in Florida State’s 75 seasons that the Seminoles play on Sunday. » In last season’s game in South Bend, quarterback Jordan Travis threw for 204 yards and ran for 96, FSU’s fifth-best rushing performance in series history. Travis passed and ran for a touchdown against the Irish, something he did in five different games last season. FSU racked up 405 total yards, the most for the Noles against a Top-10 opponent since 2016 at No. 10 Miami (FSU had 432 yards against No. 5 North Carolina the week after the ND game). » Dillan Gibbons, a graduate transfer on FSU’s offensive line, spent his first four seasons with the Fighting Irish. SEMINOLES DIP INTO TRANSFER PORTAL » After fielding the nation’s youngest team in 2020, with 75 percent of the roster consisting of freshmen or sophomores, head coach Mike Norvell brought in quarterback McKenzie Milton (UCF), defensive end Keir Thomas (South Carolina), defensive back Jammie Robinson (South Carolina), offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons (Notre Dame), long snapper James Rosenberry Jr. (Maryland), linebacker Cortez Andrews (Maryland), wide receiver Andrew Parchment (Kansas), defensive back Joe Lang (Holy Cross), defensive end Jermaine Johnson II (Georgia), defensive back Caleb Blake (Colorado State), running back D.J. Williams (Auburn), defensive back Jarques McClellion (Arkansas) and defensive end Marcus Cushnie (Alabama A&M) from the transfer portal to provide experience. The group brought 309 games of collegiate experience into the 2021 season. RETURNING PRODUCTION » FSU returns 84.5 percent of its scoring, 80.3 percent of its total offense, 78.8 percent of its all-purpose yards, 84.2 percent of its rushing touchdowns, 81.2 percent of its rushing yards, 80.0 percent of its passing touchdowns, 79.3 percent of its passing yards, 73.0 percent of its completions, 80.0 percent of its receiving touchdowns, 76.7 percent of its receptions, 74.0 percent of its receiving yards, 73.5 percent of its tackles, 71.4 percent of its forced fumbles, 59.2 percent of its tackles for loss, 50.0 percent of its quarterback hurries, 50.0 percent of its fumble recoveries, 100.0 percent of its field goals, 100.0 percent of its PATs, 100.0 percent of its kickoff return yards, 100.0 percent of its punt return yards and 91.9 percent of its punting yards from the 2020 season.