The Notre Dame football schedule always makes headlines somehow. This year, the Notre Dame football schedule 2010 begins the Brian Kelly era, although this Notre Dame football schedule might not bring the Irish back to power just yet. Kelly has a difficult rebuilding task ahead, as he tries to clear out the memories of the Charlie Weis era. What’s more, he has to do what no coach has done since Lou Holtz, in making the Irish a national contender again. But the Notre Dame football schedule 2010 may merely be a stepping stone for that goal, at best.
No one knows what to expect for the Irish under Kelly, as he doesn’t have the kind of early hype that Weis did. Perhaps that is a good thing, as a seven, eight or even nine win season would be considered a step forward. Of course, if they do that, then the next few years will have a higher bar.
The Notre Dame football schedule 2010 begins with rivalry games, as the Irish host Purdue today and Michigan next week. Afterwards, they visit another old foe in Michigan State on the 18’th, and have an early showdown with Stanford on the 25’th. All of these games are winnable, as these rivals are in the same uncertain state as the Irish.
In October, the Irish visit Boston College, then host Big East favorite Pittsburgh and Western Michigan. The Notre Dame football schedule 2010 will then have the Irish visit the new Meadowlands, to play Navy in what is no longer an automatic win.
The last two home matches of the year bring Tulsa to South Bend on October 30, with Utah coming on November 13. To end the Notre Dame football schedule 2010, the Irish have an historic game at Yankee Stadium against Army, before a season-ending trip to USC on November 27.
In the past, experts predicted the Irish to win 9-10 games and a BCS berth with manageable schedules. As Kelly begins his reign, he isn’t expected to perform big fears right away. Those expectations will change if he wins his first several games – although Weis and Tyrone Willingham have crumbled after hot starts in South Bend.
Kelly made Cincinnati into a national power and conference champion, and is an expert at rebuilding programs. But doing so here is another matter altogether, as success or failure here will define his career. The Notre Dame football schedule 2010 is his opening salvo, as the shadows of the past – both the good and bad ones – will be hovering.
Kelly has been hyped as the ideal man for the job for some time, and now fans get to see if they propped up the right man. The Irish start their new era today at 3:30 on NBC.
University of Notre Dame- “2010 Notre Dame Football Schedule”
Bleacher Report- “Notre Dame Football: Dear Mr. Brian Kelly”