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Prior to the opening weekend of the season, Notre Dame's 2012 schedule was pegged as the nation's most difficult.
Through five weeks, that notion has lost its substance.
Irish opponents USC, Oklahoma, Michigan and Michigan State—all considered to be boosts to Notre Dame's BCS resume—have faltered out of the blocks this season.
USC lost to Stanford (the Cardinal were upset by Washington last Thursday night), Oklahoma lost at home to Kansas State, Michigan has fallen out of the top 25 and Michigan State no longer looks like a top 10 team after losing to Ohio State at home on Saturday.
Add in a BYU team that lost to Boise State by a score of 7-6, and all of a sudden, Notre Dame is now ranked higher than each of the remaining eight teams on the schedule. None of the eight appear to be sure losses for the Irish, though road games at USC and Oklahoma are likely to be losses.
Even a two-loss Notre Dame team will be BCS-bound.