College football fans can call the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a lot of things, but one thing that they CANNOT call the team is unmotivated. In a tweet from Pete Byrne of South Bend’s WSBT, one can see that the team’s schedule goes so far as to include two College Football Playoff games.
That’s definitely a lofty goal for head coach Brian Kelly, who took Notre Dame to the BCS National Championship Game in 2013 and got smoked by Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide, 42-14. Notre Dame has gone 17-9 since then, but key returning players and dynamic quarterback Malik Zaire suggest that this season could be the Irish’s best since 2012, when the team went undefeated en route to the championship game.
It will be an uphill battle for Notre Dame as teams like Clemson, Georgia Tech and USC are certainly no joke and will play a tough game, but this team definitely has the potential to run rampant over its opponents this season and make a case for making the College Football Playoff.
With the potential additions to the schedule adding some extra motivation, except the Fighting Irish to come out swinging in 2015, starting with their home opener against Texas on September 5.
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