Notre Dame and tradition are synonymous.
Of the variety of the unique tenets within the program, perhaps none set the Irish apart from others as powerfully as their annually grueling schedule.
The 2013 slate awaiting head coach Brian Kelly and Co. is a continuance of that tradition. It is replete with harrowing challenges.
And with Notre Dame at the forefront of the BCS National Championship discussion, each of the Irish's opponents will carry with them the fire of acute motivation.
Which of those challengers poses the greatest threat to knock the Irish from the pedestal?