Notre Dame doesn't have too many easy games in 2012. The Irish play Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Stanford, BYU, OU, Pitt and Southern Cal.
Navy ranks as perhaps Notre Dame's softest opponent – the teams meet Saturday in Dublin, Ireland — but things might not come easy for the Irish.
After beating Navy 43 straight seasons, Notre Dame has lost three of the last five games in the series. The Irish won 56-14 last year in South Bend, but Notre Dame will play without suspended quarterback Tommy Rees. Sophomore Everett Golson will start for the Irish.
Irish coach Brian Kelly has coached the Irish to 8-5 seasons each of his first two seasons. A victory over Navy is a must to launch Notre Dame to an even better season.