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Notre Dame has high expectations and a lot to prove

Notre Dame has high expectations and a lot to prove

The Times' annual college football countdown continues its march forward toward No. 1 with our pick for No. 17. The power of Notre Dame never ceases to intoxicate, please, annoy and amaze. Confession: we media-types are all guilty of using the Irish's needle-mover to further our own agendas. If Brigham Young hasn't learned by now, there is only one football independent with the gravitas to go it alone, with its own network, in a college football sea of sinners. This summer offers a perfect example, with Notre Dame popping up in preseason top-10 lists from Lindy's to Sports Illustrated. It seems like only yesterday USC drilled Notre Dame last Nov. 29 at the...

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