At this time a year ago, Notre Dame's 2012 schedule was expected to be one of the most difficult schedules that the Irish had ever faced. That was due in large part to the number of quality quarterbacks that the Irish were supposed to face last season—a list that included Matt Barkley, Landry Jones, Stephen Morris, Riley Nelson and Denard Robinson.
As it turned out, Barkley missed the game against the Irish, Jones was inconsistent all season, and Nelson and Robinson were both benched during the season.
The 2013 schedule looks much more manageable in terms of the quarterbacks that they are expected to face, but perhaps the breaks the Irish caught last fall will not be there in 2013.
From No. 12 to No. 1, let's look at the rankings of the 12 quarterbacks who will challenge the Irish defense next season—a defense that finished the regular season as the best in the country in terms of points allowed.