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I recently read an article in which someone had the audacity to say that Notre Dame played an “easy schedule.”
This schedule is brutal!
The Irish will play 10 teams that were bowl eligible (nine if you don’t count USC) last season. In addition, they face two of the top teams in the Pac-12 (Standford and USC), traditional powers Michigan and Michigan State out of the Big Ten, and two of the better teams in the Big East in Pitt and South Florida.
They will also have to navigate around Air Force and Navy, coming off nine wins apiece, and a Maryland team that also won nine games last season.
Finally, at least four of the games at this point are slated for Saturday nights, which is a departure from the norm for Notre Dame.
Looking at this particular schedule, there are no easy stretches for the Irish or even easy games for that matter. It will be imperative that Notre Dame can focus week in and week out, avoid injuries, and come ready to play on Saturdays.