2012 was a season for the ages in South Bend, as Notre Dame escaped 20 years of mediocrity to go 12-0 and make the BCS National Championship game. They lost badly to Alabama there, but overall the season was a huge success, especially when you look at who they beat to get to that point. They knocked off Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC, all of whom were ranked at the time except USC. And for as much offense as there is in college football, the national title game was a matchup of the best (Alabama) and second-best (ND) defenses in the nation. Notre Dame’s offense was nothing to write home about, as quarterback Everett Golson was a capable game manager and leader, but he has been suspended for 2013 for poor academics. So it may be Tommy Rees’ job to lose, as he still has one year of eligibility left although it seems like he’s been there for a decade. He will be good enough to overcome the loss of tight end Tyler Eifert to the Cincinnati Bengals, as this is a year for T.J. Jones and big-play receiver Davaris Daniels to step up. Both parts of their running back duo graduated last year, so four-star recruit Greg Bryant could get immediate playing time. And while Manti Te’o is gone, five-star recruit Jaylon Smith will slide right in at linebacker, and other five-star recruit Eddie Vanderdoes will be dominant on the D-line. Overall, a ridiculously stacked recruiting class, including the wide receiver son of Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter, has ND is great shape for the future, and they certainly have BCS potential in 2013.
The Fighting Irish operate under head coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame Stadium, which holds just over 80,000 roaring fans bleeding gold and navy blue. They have insisted on remaining independent, meaning their schedule is loaded with great matchup teams from across the country in addition to their rivals. This year is no different, as ND plays Michigan, Michigan State, ASU, USC, Oklahoma, Navy, Pittsburgh, BYU, Stanford, and more. There are rarely gimmes on their schedule, making for intense competition. The NFL plays home to an enormous amount of former Fighting Irish, most notably including: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd. The Fighting Irish boast some NCAA records, having 96 All Americans and seven Heisman Trophy winners, more than any other school, and 32 bowl appearances. In addition, they have 11 National Championships, also more than any other school in Division I football. Gold Coast Tickets has the best selection for your entire Fighting Irish and college football season ticket needs!