Notre Dame Football: 5 Toughest Games for the Irish This Season

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Notre Dame Football: 5 Toughest Games for the Irish This Season
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Coming off an 8-5 season and a tough loss to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl, Notre Dame enters 2012 with a huge chip on its shoulder.

To overcome its sometimes frustrating 2011 campaign, Notre Dame will have to win while facing what Phil Steele ranks as the toughest schedule in all of college football.

Highlighted by a trip to Ireland and road games against two top-10 teams, Brian Kelly and the Irish will have to be competing at an incredibly high level to become bowl-eligible.  If they finish this schedule above .500, no team is more deserving of finishing in the top 25.

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