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This Stat Shows How Tough Notre Dame's 2017 Schedule Could Be

Notre Dame football is coming off a 4-8 season, and the Fighting Irish need a big 2017 campaign.

It won't be easy. The team's upcoming schedule looks formidable, at least on paper.

According to a stat from John Heisler, the school's Senior Associate AD for Media and Broadcast Relations, only one team on Notre Dame's 2017 slate sat out bowl season this year.

In 2016, Notre Dame faced seven teams that eventually qualified for bowl games. How many will do the same next year? We'll have to wait and see, though Georgia and USC in particular should be ranked quite high coming into the season.

The 2017 Notre Dame football schedule kicks off on Sept. 2 against Temple.