The Notre Dame Fighting Irish open up the second half of the season this Saturday at home against USC. It won’t be the only difficult matchup down the stretch of the 2017 season for the Irish.
Four of Notre Dame’s final six games are against opponents currently in the AP Top 25. Then the other two contests are against Navy and Wake Forest, who are a combined 9-3.
With that type of slate, things could easily go one of two ways for the Irish. Either Notre Dame runs the table and becomes a legitimate College Football Playoff contender or completely fall flat.
That’s what makes the Fighting Irish college football’s most interesting team of the second half, which is a title AP writer Ralph D. Russo gave them in a column Tuesday afternoon.
The 13th-ranked Fighting Irish face the toughest second-half schedule in the country, with four ranked teams plus Navy and Wake Forest (combined 9-3). The possibilities for Notre Dame range from serious playoff contender to total collapse and renewed talk of Kelly’s job status.
The Fighting Irish will begin this tough stretch against USC at 7:30 ET this Saturday.