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)
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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)

STAPLES: SI.com’s 2012 All-America Team
VIDEO: The best of college football’s first half
CRYSTAL BALL: SI.com’s picks on bowls, Heisman and more

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.
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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.

STAPLES: What postseason reform means for Notre Dame