Just look at their schedule over the next six weeks. The Fighting Irish face off against three Top 25 teams, including the No. 1 USC Trojans. Their three other opponents -- Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue -- are no guaranteed wins either. Michigan will have something to prove after an embarrassing 0-2 start to the season and Michigan State and Purdue have no intention of ruining their 2-0 records.
Still, Notre Dame's volatile quarterback situation seems to have finally calmed, with Jimmy Clausen available to take the reigns. Will it end up mattering, or are Notre Dame's problems intractable? Can Charlie Weis work the same magic with the Fighting Irish that he did with the Patriots? Cast your vote below!