Every year, we hear talk that Notre Dame's schedule is among the toughest in the country. While sometimes it may be little less true than others, a quick look at the 2014 slate shows a gauntlet that should test the Irish early and often.
In Notre Dame's first season playing an ACC-aligned schedule, the Irish will take on the conference's best as they head to Tallahassee to play the defending national champions Florida State. Notre Dame will also visit Syracuse while hosting North Carolina and Louisville.
The Seminoles are far from the only elite team that Notre Dame will battle. According to early projections by Bill Connelly at FootballStudyHall.com, the Irish will play three top 10 teams, five in the top 25, and seven of the best 35.
While the challenge is steep, the last time Notre Dame faced a schedule that looked this difficult, they ran the table and made it to the BCS title game. While that might be far more difficult in 2014, getting to 11 wins could land Notre Dame a spot in the College Football Playoff, which is designed to reward schools for their strength of schedule.
Let's take an early game-by-game look at Notre Dame's 2014 schedule.