The 2010 Notre Dame football schedule just got a lot more interesting on Monday when BlueandGold.com reported that the Irish could add Tulsa and TCU to the schedule. These two additions could move ND from a "middle of the road" schedule to one of the tougher schedules around.
If the Irish are able to finalize the deals with TCU and Tulsa, the 2010 schedule would look something like this:
Sept. 4 PURDUE
Sept. 11 MICHIGAN
Sept. 18 @ Michigan State
Sept. 25 STANFORD
Oct. 2 @ Boston College
Oct. 9 PITTSBURGH
Oct. 23 @ Navy (played at the Meadowlands)
Oct. 30 TULSA
Nov. 6 TCU
Nov. 13 UTAH
Nov. 20 ARMY (played at Yankee Stadium)
Nov. 27 @ Usc
Essentially, Nevada, Michigan, Washington, Washington State, and UConn are replaced with Tulsa, TCU, Utah, Army.
Chances are the new teams on the schedule will be very different in 2010 than they were in 2008, but let's take a look at how they fared last year just for fun.
Tulsa: finished the 2008 campaign 11-3 with a win over Ball State in the GMAC bowl. Tulsa had one of the most explosive offenses in the nation averaging over 50 points per game.
TCU: finished the 2008 season 11-2 with a big win over a tough Boise State team in the Poinsettia Bowl. Both the USA Today and the AP had TCU ranked No. 7 in the nation in their final polls.
Utah: finished the 2008 season an amazing 13-0. The Utes defeated Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl. This tremendous win boosted Utah up to No. 2 in the final AP poll and No. 4 in the final USA Today poll.
Army: finished the 2008 season a disappointing 3-9. This game was added to the schedule to commemorate the ND-Army rivalry at old Yankee Stadium. This game will be the first ever football game played at new Yankee Stadium.
Tulsa, TCU, and Utah should prove to be great additions to the ND schedule. These teams certainly give the Irish one of the most interesting, and potentially difficult schedules in the nation.