NCAA Football rankings 2016: Early look at the top 25

11. Notre Dame


Brian Kelly has done a good job recruiting talent since he arrived in 2012 and he had to put that to good use this year. Malik Zaire seems to be the starting quarterback, but DeShone Kizer is waiting in the wings to take over if need be.

On defense, the Fighting Irish have to replace Jaylon Smith, but they should be able to do that and compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff, after falling just short of last year.

Jim Mora wants Josh Rosen to think like a NFL QB