Every year, the expectations at Notre Dame are soaring. As with most big-time programs, fans want a trip to a BCS bowl, anything less is considered a colossal disappointment.
During Charlie Weis’ tenure, the hopes of the Notre Dame faithful rested upon the team’s high-octane scoring ability. While the expectations this year are just as high as any other, the excitement has largely revolved around the stout defensive unit.
Even if the offensive production doesn’t improve much (in my opinion it will because of better quarterback play and Brian Kelly’s system is in its second year), the defense will keep the Blue and Gold in every game.
Although the team has been infused with young talent, these upperclassmen will have a major impact on the upcoming season. These players have all played plenty of downs for the Irish. All have exhibited solid performances on the field already, but the past is the past, these predictions are about how these players will size up this season.