Founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University has since become known worldwide as one of the top institutions of higher education in the United States. In addition to its academic excellence over the years, Notre Dame attributes its rise to prominence in large part to successes on the football field. Proud of its Independent status with no conference affiliation, Notre Dame is home to eleven consensus national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 62 members in the College Football Hall of Fame, and 13 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Fighting Irish are coached by Brian Kelly, who led an undefeated regular season team to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

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  • Nickname – Fighting Irish
  • Colours – Gold and Blue
  • Head Coach – Brian Kelly
  • Fight Song – “Notre Dame Victory March”
  • Founded –1842
  • Location – Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
  • Students – 12,393


One of the nation’s oldest football programs, the United States Naval Academy fielded teams as far back as 1879. A long-standing tradition of Naval football, they went undefeated in 1910 and  won the college football national championship in 1926. True to their commitment to country, Navy was one of the very few programs to field a football team during World War II, keeping American football alive. Since then, the Midshipmen have had 19 players and three coaches enter the College Football Hall of Fame. The Midshipmen are coached by Ken Niumatalolo, who has had nine winning seasons in his ten years as head coach. During his tenure his teams have captured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy five times with wins over long-standing rivals Army and Air Force.

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