All Notre Dame Alumni, Fans, and people around the college football world expect Notre Dame to do well year in and out. Since 2012 was an undefeated regular season a couple of years ahead of schedule the expectations shoot back up for Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish.
The two times other times Notre Dame has won 10 games since 2000 have followed the season with a losing record. In 2000 Bob Davie led the Irish to a 9-3 record and the next year they ended up 5-6 and the end of the Davie era. In 2006 Charlie Weis was the head coach and went 10-3 on the season, but then in 2007 it was the worst season ever in Notre Dame history.
So are people thinking it will be the same? Everyone I have talked to has the Irish winning anywhere from 9-11 games next season. I don’t see Notre Dame losing more than 3 games, but anything is possible as many fans have learned over the years.
Take into account that the defense is pretty much the same as last year, just without Te’o, Lewis-Moore, and Motta. Those were all important pieces, but there are many capable guys that can get the job done in 2013.