After a buzzing summer, which included departed seniors, police arrests and a quarterback war, the Fighting Irish prepare, once again, to take the field. And where better than Dublin, Ireland?
On September 1, Notre Dame will play its season opener against Navy.
Season openers are highly experimental. Head coach Brian Kelly will be a mad scientist in Dublin, moving players around and observing how they play.
Kelly's options were limited in May when, according to the Chicago Tribune, senior quarterback Tommy Rees and senior linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested in a confrontation at a house party. Consequently, Calabrese and Rees received suspensions for the opener against Navy.
This development makes the quarterback war in Notre Dame that much more interesting. Rees, who was the front-runner for starting quarterback, could be dethroned by an impressive performance from one of his teammates.
There is also the question of how Kelly will fill Calabrese's shoes along with the uncertainty that accompanies every season opener.
With that being said, here are six predictions of what will happen in the Notre Dame season opener.