For now, the Irish are without wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive end Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore, who are being held out of practice and competition during the ongoing investigation.
“I care deeply about the four young men,” Kelly said following Saturday’s practice. “But I’ve got a job to do. And I’ve got another 100 players that I have to be concerned with.”
Kelly must also concern himself with a rigorous schedule, one that features Michigan, Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State, Arizona State, Louisville and USC.
Five ND opponents also in the poll: FSU(1), Stanford(11), USC(15), Arizona State(19) and UNC(23).— Dan Murphy (@BGI_DanMurphy) August 17, 2014
Only six teams play more AP Top 25 teams than Notre Dame this year. And five of those are from the SEC. Stanford is the other.— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) August 17, 2014
Let’s go game by game through Notre Dame’s schedule and predict the outcome.
For now, it’s only appropriate to approach this exercise as if Notre Dame will be without Daniels, Russell, Williams and Moore for the entire season. Obviously, should any of the four be cleared, these predictions are subject to change.