Notre Dame Football: Power Ranking Irish's 5 Best Classes of the BCS Era

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Notre Dame Football: Power Ranking Irish's 5 Best Classes of the BCS Era
JOE RAYMOND/Associated Press

The BCS era wasn't exactly kind to Notre Dame football.

During the 15 years that college football crowned its champion using the BCS system, the Irish never won a major bowl game. All four of their BCS appearances resulted in losses by double digits, with the 2001 and 2006 Fiesta Bowl, the 2007 Sugar Bowl and the 2013 BCS Championship game all showing the disparity between the Irish and the elite teams of the era. 

Off the field, it's no wonder that the Irish football program also went through its most tumultuous run in school history. Bob Davie, George O'Leary, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis all were fired as head coach. 

If there was an area of success for the Irish during this period, it was their resurgence on the recruiting trail. After Lou Holtz and Vinny Cerrato built up a war chest of talent, the Irish lost their edge, with talent eroding under Davie and Willingham. But Charlie Weis rejuvenated the recruiting efforts for Notre Dame, and Brian Kelly has taken that success to a new level. 

With Signing Day just around the corner, let's take a look back at the top Irish recruiting classes of the BCS era.  

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