As spring practices commence around the nation, I’ll be looking at each of Notre Dame’s 12 opponents in the 2012 season and addressing some key questions and potential breakout players.
This installment features the Pittsburgh Panthers and new coach Paul Chryst. The Panthers had a 6-6 regular season in 2011 before head coach Todd Graham bolted for Arizona State prior to the Panthers' bowl game, and after only one season in the Steel City.
The Panthers take the field for the first time on March 15, with their spring game coming on April 14.
On Friday, we’ll look at Navy, the first opponent the Irish will face when they open the season in Ireland.