We have until April until spring ball gives us a meaningful glimpse of college football again, so I am going to go ahead and start the ridiculous speculation: Is Notre Dame back, or is it too early in Kelly’s regime to expect a great year, even 12-0?
Notre Dame returns 16 starters, two QB’s with game experience, a good kicking game and signed several 4- and 5-star recruits that could provide significant depth, if not quality minutes from day one. There are probably too many potential landmines in the schedule and the new recruits are too raw to put ND over the top, but somebody (me) has to put forth the proposition that ND could be undefeated in 2011 so the rest of college football can ask what I’m smoking.
So, although I more honestly think ND is likely to stumble at least twice, I've had enough green Koolaid to think there’s a reasonable chance they could win out with good health and enough breaks (see Michigan State 2010).
Although far fetched in the reality of a long college football season, ND’s path to 12-0 actually makes sense on paper when you breakdown each game.