College football Insider Phil Steele has released his bowl projections this week. And while Notre Dame fans may not be as ecstatic as they were with last year's destination, Steele still forecasts a pretty favorable landing spot for the Irish.
Steele has the Irish ending up in the Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Their opponent? None other than Georgia, an opponent that Brian Kelly recently said would be a natural matchup for the Irish if they were to schedule an SEC team in the future. (And one whose athletic director, Greg McGarity, recently told CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler that a home-and-home with Notre Dame would be "very intriguing," though the two sides have not discussed the matter.)
Steele says 10 wins are in store for the Irish, who will snatch up the at-large BCS bid.
Another one of our Insiders, Travis Haney, recently ranked the nation's 10 most valuable position groups.
No. 7? That would be the Notre Dame defensive line. Haney, like Kelly on Monday, warns not to overlook Sheldon Day when discussing the unit's strength.
Only Arizona State, at No. 5, has a defensive line ranked higher on Haney's list.
Meanwhile, the college football preview issue of ESPN The Magazine is on newsstands now, with Brock Huard and David Pollack identifying some key sets you may see the Irish use on the field this season. Steele and Brian Fremeau also forecast margins of victory (and defeat) for most of Notre Dame's contests.
All of this content is on Insider, but the pieces are worth a read for Irish fans.