Recently, an article from yours truly declared that Brian Kelly's biggest challenge as the new head football coach at the University of Notre Dame will be the constant target that opponents put on the interlocking "ND", that Irish opponents treat every game against them as a big game.
Not all of those games will be big games for the Irish (despite what the fan base might think), but at Notre Dame, the big games Kelly will coach will be greater, both in the quantity and in the stakes of victory, than in his other coaching jobs combined.
At Notre Dame, the results of those games will likely determine the success and length of his tenure as coach.
The ability to win the most important games can turn the course of a season, salvaging what was lost, changing good into great, or on rare occasions, from great to legendary.
Past performance is no guarantee of future success, but since past performance is all there is to go on, these 10 games and their results may give ND fans an inkling of what to expect from Brian Kelly.