The expectations aren't as high as they were last season for the Irish, but Notre Dame would still like to see some progress this year. A majority of the team stayed intact, but there is that wonderful quarterback controversy going on and a few issues in the secondary to worry about.
While the talent usually figures itself out, it's the schedule that many Irish fans are worried about. Taking on Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Oklahoma and USC is no cakewalk. Then when you throw in teams like Miami and BYU, you have a lot on your plate to deal with.
Notre Dame has finished the last two years with eight victories, topping that this season may be a little difficult, but there are always ways to knock off even the best teams in the sport.
We've broken down the schedule, gave a few predictions and provided you with a few games the Irish must win. Now it's time to look at the keys to victory against every team on Notre Dame's 2012 schedule.