Notre Dame rose to the top of college football by the conclusion of 2012. They were the only remaining undefeated squad before the bowl season began.
However, a big loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game opened eyes to a number of positions that will face battles heading into spring.
Running back will have a big void, with the coaching staff looking for new playmakers, and the linebackers will have to find an instant-impact player from day one with the graduation of Manti Te’o.
Notre Dame has a lot of incoming and returning talent that will fill out the depth chart for 2013.
Looking ahead to the spring, these are the top five position battles for the Irish.