While teams are just beginning spring practices, we're already looking forward to the regular season. Sure, it is still a good six months away, but it's never too early to think about everything that comes with college football and the games that actually matter.
Notre Dame returns a total of 15 starters and are heading into head coach Brian Kelly's third season. The Irish are desperate to climb back on top of the college football world, but this season's schedule aren't doing do them any favors. They will have several difficult games they'll have to win if this is going to be the year.
With all of that said, here are five games that Notre Dame must win if they want to take that next step.