Despite the uncertain status of five players implicated in the university's academic investigation, Notre Dame moved up two spots to No. 15 in the USA Today coaches poll and one spot to No.
Now that Louisville-Miami is finished up, a look at how Notre Dame's future opponents fared in Week 1:
Michigan (Sept. 6): Beat Appalachian State, 52-14
While Notre Dame's secondary had its issues against Rice, the Irish front seven was solid — and senior linebacker Joe Schmidt had a lot to do with that success.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Consider this: In 2012, Notre Dame players combined for 46 yards on 21 punt returns. Cody Riggs surpassed that mark after fielding two punts on Saturday against Rice.
Malik Zaire's Notre Dame debut came in about the most ideal situation possible. And it went about as well as anyone could've expected.