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ESPN says Notre Dame will have breakout year?

Irish fans are not the only ones who beleieve Notre Dame will perform well this year. UND was listed as one of the teams in ESPN’s Mark Schlabach’s article on teams to play for a BCS Bowl game even though they might not be ranked high at the start of the season.

Here’s what he said about Notre Dame:

The last time Notre Dame fans were excited about a new coach’s fast start, the Irish fizzled at the end of Charlie Weis’ tenure.

Brian Kelly’s first Irish team showed a lot of promise late in the 2010 season, winning its last four games after a 4-5 start, including a 33-17 rout of Miami in the Sun Bowl.

If Notre Dame can settle on a starting quarterback — Tommy Rees, Dayne Crist and youngsters Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson will battle for the job during preseason camp — it might be even better in Kelly’s second season.

A lot of Notre Dame’s success will depend on its defense, which should be better after the addition of several young defensive linemen. If the Irish can stop opponents more effectively than they did last season, they might actually have a chance to compete for a BCS bowl game.

Mark made a great point on our defense being so critical for this year. If we can play defense like we did last year at the end of the season. This year could be a speical one.

Do you agree with Mark?

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