With spring practice over and done with, this is the time that we begin looking forward to the real stuff. The regular season is still months away, but with so much to talk about, there's no better time to get a head start than now.
Notre Dame returns a total of 15 starters, including eight on the offensive side of the ball. There is talent all over this roster, but many have their doubts about the Irish, mainly because of the brutal schedule that awaits them. It's certainly going to be no cakewalk for Notre Dame this year.
As we inch closer to the regular season, let's break down the 2012 Notre Dame schedule and see exactly what the hype is about.