Fighting Irish


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Greg Bryant once looked up to Chris Johnson, back when the then-Titans running back carved up over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns in his second season in the NFL.


Against Rice, Notre Dame scored with five seconds remaining in the first half. Michigan coughed up a touchdown to the Irish a week later with 34 seconds left until halftime.


Plenty can happen between now and December/January, when Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson will have to decide whether or not to forgo his final year of eligibility and jump to the NFL.


Notre Dame hasn't voluntarily replaced any of its opening week starting offensive linemen during the last few seasons. In 2012, the same five guys started every game.


It's hardly a unanimous projection, but a few bowl prognosticators are pegging Notre Dame to land in a New Year's Six bowl game.