For the first time since 2002, Notre Dame will carry an unblemished record into October.
Head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have looked impressive in jumping out to a 4-0 start, and with a decent spot in the polls (No. 10 in Associated Press, and No. 11 in USA Today Coaches Poll), the Irish are looking to earn their first BCS bowl bid since 2006.
Led by linebacker Manti Te’o, the defense ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense by only allowing nine points per game thus far (via cfbstats.com).
After back-to-back wins over Big Ten powers Michigan State and Michigan, the schedule does not get any easier for the Irish.
Which upcoming games will determine if the Irish can jump into the national title race?
Here are four remaining games that will define the season for Notre Dame.