Miracles Will Not Be Needed, Notre Dame Should Reach a BCS Game In 2010

Michael McCormickContributor IAugust 3, 2010

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 11:  Michael Floyd  #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish onfield against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium October 11, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The news media is full of amusing people. They do not verify facts. They read only a line or two of a rumor and then report it as truth. They also forget what was shown last year.

I recently read that Notre Dame has no Heisman class players. What else, beside being healthy for a whole season does Michael Floyd have to accomplish? Notre Dame just lost the best quarter back in school history? How can they have forgotten about Brady Quinn already? Notre Dame has only a few experience offensive lineman returning. Good riddance to those losers who left. Maybe the new group can actually block consistently.

First, lets look at the bad news for the Notre Dame faithful. The Irish have an fairly sad defense and people who could not replace the worst offensive line in Notre Dame history. Fans can truly hope that new head coach Brian Kelly and staff can motivate and condition better than the previous staff. According to the reports I have seen, there has been a night and day improvement in that area. The 3-4 alignment should play to the player's skill sets and I predict that we should see a marked improvement on last year's defense.

The good news is that Notre Dame still probably has the best recieving corps in college football. These receivers have shown speed and skill in the past seasons and the incoming freshmen should fit in well. The running backs should surpass last years efforts. Kelly seems to be able to adjust to his teams strengths. Again, this is an improvement over the previous staff. The presumed starting quarterback, Dayne Crist, has limited experience, but did well against Washington State when we threw a touchdown. 

To sum it all up, there are many question marks in the upcoming season. But, Kelly seems to have the answers. In 2005, people predicted that Notre Dame would lose five games out of the first six played. Notre Dame was within a touchdown in all of their losses last year. It will not take a miracle to win 10 games this season.