Notre Dame Football: 7 Things Holding the Fighting Irish Back from a BCS Bid

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Notre Dame Football: 7 Things Holding the Fighting Irish Back from a BCS Bid
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With a number of starters departing and the quarterback position dripping with uncertainty, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be flying under the radar come September.

In order to overachieve, the team will have to address some key concerns. 

A starting quarterback is just one of many positions that will have to be named in late spring. The evolution of the running game (particularly, Cierre Wood), and the development of a group of inexperienced wide receivers and linebackers all must happen rather quickly.

Don't forgot about the much-needed improvement in the punt return unit, or how the Irish will have to figure a way to push through a brutal schedule.

If Brian Kelly makes a few adjustments and picks the right players to hit the field, then this season could be a surprising success. If not, well, fans will certainly be disappointed in the results.

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