Notre Dame Football: Irish's Top 5 Trap Games of 2013

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Notre Dame Football: Irish's Top 5 Trap Games of 2013
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Notre Dame had a spectacular season in 2012. The Irish, unranked in the preseason, went 12-0 in their regular season, securing themselves a No. 1 AP ranking and a BCS national title berth. 

Ironically, it was not a scrape with a high-ranked opponent that almost cost the Irish a title shot. It was the unranked Pittsburgh Panthers. Were it not for a missed 33-yard field goal by Panthers kicker Kevin Harper, the Irish would have never made the trip to Miami. 

This poignantly illustrates how a single trap game can unravel an entire season of hard work. 

In 2013, Brian Kelly and Co. will attempt to recapture the success of last season and make their way back to the national championship. With major opponents like Michigan, Oklahoma and Stanford looming large on the horizon, it might be tempting to overlook the lesser teams on the schedule. 

Let's take a look at the top five potential trap games on deck for the Irish this season.  

Note: all stats referenced are sourced from unless otherwise noted. All schedules are referenced from

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