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Saturday, October 1, 2011
It's game day at Ross-Ade Stadium

By Matt Fortuna

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Greetings from Ross-Ade Stadium, where Notre Dame will look to climb above .500 against a Purdue team that hasn't played in two weeks.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly called this the Boilermakers' Super Bowl, but that may be a bit of a stretch, to put it nicely. The game likely won't sell out, and only the student section is filling up at the moment with kickoff an hour away.

Fortunately for all, the real Super Bowl is only 65 miles south of here, four short months from now.

It has been extremely windy all day, and that's something to keep an eye on, especially when Notre Dame is returning punts. The Irish have had no shortage of struggles in the punt return game and weather like this probably won't help.

Notre Dame's kickers and punters are on the field now warming up, and Kyle Brindza's lime-green shoes continue to stand out. They should only draw more attention when the sun goes down and the lights come on shortly.

Don't go anywhere, as I'll have more updates and analysis throughout the evening.