Stassen recently posted a summary of the preseason rankings, and ND comes in at #12.
Stanford is the highest ranked ND opponent, coming in at 8. Ohio State, despite The End Times, is ranked 11, but many of these predictions were before ShitHitTheFanGate. Michigan State comes in at 20, which actually feels a bit low to me (I’d put them 15ish), and USC’s second-meaningless-season-in-a-row starts off ranked 22. No other ND opponents cracked the Top 25, though USF came in at #34 in the Others. That USF game is going to be tough, mark my words. We should handle them, but they will come in Fired. Up.
Most interesting to me is that Texas actually fell outside of the Top 25. Weird.
I think ND might be slightly high at 12 given the uncertainty on offense regarding Floyd, the QB conundrum, and depth concerns at RB. Pre-season I’d probably put us in the mid-teens though, so I don’t think it’s way off. Regardless, ND is well-positioned to make a run at a BCS Bowl/MNC if we’re able to put together a really solid season.