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Nine Close and Late

Prediction No. 4 in our summer-long preview series posits Notre Dame will be involved in nine "close and late" games, next fall.

Notre Dame will again play plenty "close and late" in 2014, but for the first time in the five-season Brian Kelly era, that trend won't continue to escalate. In 2010, there were six such contests. 2011 housed seven, as did 2012. Last fall, Kelly and the Tommy Rees-led Irish played a remarkable 11 games "close and late," hereafter defined as a contest in which the losing team was within one...

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