Notre Dame Football 2011: Top 10 Risks to a 9-Win Season or Better

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Notre Dame Football 2011: Top 10 Risks to a 9-Win Season or Better
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What could stop the Irish this year?

Preseason predictions and expectations for college football teams are not unlike the beer goggles effect. Fans get buzzed listening to coaches and players talk about all the promise and potential shown in training camp and any dissenting voices on the echo chambers of fan message boards are abused into silence.

For Notre Dame, the possibility of winning nine or more games and appearing in a BCS bowl for the first time in five years is enough of a happy thought to plug the ears to any other possibility no matter how remote.

But Irish fans, more than about any other, should know a thing or two about disappointment. Each of the last four coaches duped them with a taste of success only to have a highly-regrettable walk of shame the next morning.

So at the risk of being a Debbie Downer and a complete buzz-kill to kick off game week, here are the top 10 potholes that could put a flat tire in Irish BCS bowl aspirations.

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