Notre Dame football: 3 reasons the Irish will return to the CFP

Kyle Hamilton (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 19: Safety Kyle Hamilton #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates with defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey #7 after a first-quarter interception against the Clemson Tigers during the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 19, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Notre Dame football: 3 reasons the Irish will return to the College Football Playoff

Irish have All-Americans on both sides of the ball

Not many teams in the country can state that they have All-American talent on both sides of the ball, but that is certainly the case for the Fighting Irish. With Kyle Hamilton on the defensive side of the ball, a legitimate top-5 prospect as well as a first-team All-American, Notre Dame football should dominate in the passing game.

On offense, Notre Dame has a collection of players who could be first-team All-Americans in 2021, including Jarrett Patterson and Cain Madden, the best offensive guard duo in the country. Running back Kyren Williams and tight end Michael Mayer are also All-American-caliber players and will be leaned on heavily in the offense in 2021.

Overall, the Irish have as many as six players who could end up being All-Americans in 2021, including the aforementioned Foskey coming off the edge. There is plenty of young, and veteran talent on this roster as well, and as is the case every season, you never know who is going to step up and shock the college football landscape, much like Williams did last season.