Entering the 2012 season, much of the conversation about Notre Dame was regarding its murderous schedule and number of quality quarterbacks that the Irish would face. Landry Jones, Stephen Morris, Denard Robinson and Heisman Trophy favorite Matt Barkley would all get their shots at the Notre Dame defense.
The Irish, of course, went 12-0 and qualified for the BCS Championship Game.
In 2013, a glance through the Notre Dame schedule showed a dearth of good quarterbacks. Oklahoma's Blake Bell and Michigan's Devin Gardner, who were entering the season as full-time starters for the first time, were thought to be the toughest tests for a stout Irish defense.
The Irish, of course, went 8-4 and settled for a Pinstripe Bowl berth.
What does 2014 have in store? Well, it should be somewhere in between 2012 and 2013. Ten of the 12 Notre Dame opponents return quarterbacks who have started at least half of a season. Roughly one-third will be major challenges, another third are hot and cold, and the final third are unlikely to test the Irish defense.
Let's take a closer look, from worst to best, at the 12 quarterbacks who will do battle with the Notre Dame defense in 2014.