May 11, 2016
Notre Dame’s path to the 2016 College Football Playoff mostly travels through South Bend, but the Fighting Irish need to avoid road upsets along the way.
Most key matchups bring the opponent to Notre Dame, which has nine power-conference opponents on the upcoming slate. A particular league presents the biggest obstacles, though.
While the Irish don’t yet have a starting quarterback, their outlook for 2016 shouldn’t change much with either DeShone Kizer or Malik Zaire theoretically under center.
Rather, the X-factor for the upcoming year is Notre Dame’s defense, as a few of the nation’s best players will challenge the unit.
Note: Although most predictions won’t change, the smallest factors can change the biggest games. For better or worse, those projections might not last once the regular season arrives.