Before the season started for Notre Dame, there were many questions surrounding the program.
Who would play quarterback? How would the defensive line react after losing Aaron Lynch to a transfer? How will the secondary shape up after losing much of the experience? Who will step up at wide receiver after losing Michael Floyd?
After a 3-0 start and a convincing win over Michigan State, those questions have vanished. The Irish have their eyes set on a possible BCS run, and although the road remains a bumpy one as far as the schedule is concerned, the Irish have shown everyone that the talent is there to surprise people this year.
Which brings us to another question—with Notre Dame somewhat joining the ACC soon, how would this year’s squad fair against some of the top competition in the new conference? The ACC has a few competitive teams, with a couple currently in the top 10 of the AP Poll.
Here are predictions for how the Irish would stack up against the top competition if they were already members of the ACC in 2012.