Remember when we were all talking about Notre Dame's 2012 schedule as one of the most daunting in recent memory? No? Let me remind you.
The Irish were traveling to the AP preseason Nos. 1 and 4 teams, along with No. 13.
They were hosting Nos. 8 and 21, too, after losing to both three seasons in a row.
They were traveling to Dublin, Ireland, for their opener before an off-site game against rival Miami, and they were facing six teams coming off double-digit-win seasons.
Jack Swarbrick had joked at one point before the season began that he would "fire the AD" for putting together a slate so tough. Throw in question marks under center and in the secondary, and this was the least optimistic outlook for a Notre Dame season that anyone could imagine.
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