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Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

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Notre Damealways has one of the most intriguing schedules in the nation, as the Fighting Irish’s independent slate takes them from coast to coast. With that, of course, comes a ridiculous amount of debate about just how strong it is, since it’s such a unique lineup of opponents.

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This year is no different. While last year’s schedule was unusually weak by Irish standards — which ended up not mattering — this year’s slate appears to be much more difficult. Brian Kelly and company know they have their work cut out for them if they want to turn things around after last season's disappointing 4-8 showing.

2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule

Bye: Week 7

— Written by Matt Fortuna, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and spent six seasons covering college football for ESPN.com. Fortuna’s work has been honored by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) seven times. Follow him on Twitter @Matt_Fortuna and like his Facebook page.