This week’s Sports Illustrated cover features the return of Notre Dame football as the Fighting Irish reclaim the nation’s No. 1 spot. (David E. Klutho/SI)
Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann stands on the sidelines during a Oct. 1970 game against Missouri. As a starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish, Theismann compiled a 20–3–2 record while throwing for 4,411 yards and 31 touchdowns. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
The Notre Dame defense stands strong after stopping a Stanford drive during the first half of Saturday’s 20-13 victory over the Cardinal. SI.com named Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o to his midseason All-American team. See who else made the cut. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)
Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana attempts a pass during the 1978 Cotton Bowl against Texas. The Fighting Irish are one of college football’s most popular teams, want to continue playing as an independent, but will that be possible in the NCAA’s proposed postseason? SI’s Andy Staples tackles this question in his latest piece.