Notre Dame football has struggled over the last few years.
Highly-touted players haven't performed up to standard and the fans have let the team know about it.
This year, the Fighting Irish have high expectations again as they are ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
But, for the Irish to get into the BCS and perform up to expectations, certain players must have big seasons.
Here's a look at five players who will help decide the fate of the Irish's season.