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Why they’re here: Because there’s no possible way Notre Dame could have worse luck with turnovers. Coach Brian Kelly has a significantly upgraded roster on the defensive side of the ball, and star LB Manti Te’o decided to return for his senior season. Elite skill players (TB Cierre Wood, TE Tyler Eifert, WR Theo Riddick) and a solid offensive line should mean solid production.
Why it could change: If QB Tommy Rees can’t protect the ball (interceptions, fumbles), Kelly must move on to someone else (Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson?). It’s stunning the Irish won eight games with quarterback production that looked like this: 21 touchdowns, 17 interceptions. Another problem: road games vs. Oklahoma, USC, Michigan State. Woof.