You've heard almost everything there is to know about Notre Dame's showdown with Alabama for the national title on Jan. 7. You've also probably heard everything there is to know about the Fighting Irish's monster recruiting class that they are poised to sign exactly 30 days following the BCS Championship Game.
However, maintaining a successful college football program for the long term requires constant planning and always trying to remain one step ahead of the competition. As well has Notre Dame has recruited over the past 12 months, one down class than quickly change the fortunes of any program.
With Brian Kelly and his staff close to putting a bow on the 2013 class, let's look at the biggest needs for the Irish in the class of 2014. This will of course just touch on the high-level issues for the Irish. We'll have far more in-depth discussion on this come February and March.