The beauty of Notre Dame's journey to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game was the improbable context in which it transpired.
College football pundits had predicted that the Irish should have been ecstatic with a regular-season record of 8-4, while others blathered on endlessly that 2012 would, much to the dismay of the Irish faithful, be a rebuilding season for then third-year head coach Brian Kelly.
Yet the discussion of the ever-unpredictable world of college football is what makes the sport, in this humble writer's opinion, the best league on the planet.
And while the commencement of the 2013 regular season is six arduous months away, it's never too early to hand out game-by-game predictions for how the Irish will fare in Kelly's fourth season.
Could he lead Notre Dame to another appearance in the title game?
For that answer and more, enjoy the following slides.