Last season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were oh so close to getting to the final round, and possibly bringing home the title all Catholics want in South Bend. Injuries derailed the Fighting Irish a little bit, and now several of those players have went on to the National Football League.

Head Coach Brian Kelly did a heck of a job recruiting, which should put the Fighting Irish back in the mix when it comes to the Final four in college football. Here is a look at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2016.

Irish Feature Kizer Behind Center

Back as the starting quarterback for Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish is sophomore DeShone Kizer. Backing him up will be the talented Malik Zaire. At the skill positions, the Fighting Irish will be pretty young and inexperienced.

The running back core will be anchored by Josh Adams, while Corey Robinson and Torii Hunter should catch the lion’s share of the passes. Alize Jones has a boat load of talent as the big tight end, as he returns for his sophomore season. Look for Notre Dame to put points on the board in 2016.

Notre Dame With 5 Seniors on Defense

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish project to have five seniors on defense to start the season. Daniel Cage and Tyler Newsome are the lone non-seniors projected in the starting lineup for the Fighting Irish.

The leaders on the defensive side of the ball project to be Isaac Rochell, Luke Cole and Max Redfield. Look for the Fighting Irish to play fast and play physical. They should be able to do enough to keep the team in each and every game this season.

Fighting Irish 2016 Schedule

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are always a team that will never shy away from competition. The Fighting Irish have put together another pretty solid schedule for the 2016 season. Notre Dame will start the season against the Texas Longhorns, another team that is projected to be solid this season.

Notre Dame will then host Nevada, before two more home games; against Michigan State and then Duke. Because the Fighting Irish do not play in a conference, the hodgepodge of scheduling continues. Notre Dame then goes on the road at Syracuse and North Carolina State, before they come home to host the Stanford Cardinal and Miami Hurricanes.

The final four games for Notre Dame feature trips to Navy and Notre Dame at the front and back end of the schedule; with home games against Army and Virginia Tech in between.

Betting on Notre Dame in 2016

Due to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish not playing in a conference; there is no odds to win their conference, of course. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish betting odds that we do want to discuss, first is the win total for 2016.

When you are searching for Notre Dame’s win total, many times you have to look under the independent’s. The Fighting Irish are one of four teams that are not in a conference, along with BYU, Army and Navy. The total for the Fighting Irish in 2016 is 9.5 wins.

Finally, when you are looking at picking Notre Dame to win the national title, they really do not have massive steps in their way on the schedule. Of course Michigan State, Stanford, Miami and Virginia Tech will be good, but those teams are not unbeatable.

You can grab the Fighting Irish at 18/1 to win the national title at BetDSI. Lastly, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are -4 in the season opener against Texas.

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