Anyone who suggests that ND is different academically is lying to themselves.
As for national prominence, I don't think playing NC State, Duke, Syracuse, Wake Forest and one rotating ACC team that is top-25 along with USC and Stanford is anything to write home about. Alabama has opened with USC, WVU, and Florida State this year. LSU played Wisconsin at Lambeau last year.
I agree that adding Georgia, Texas and Ohio State to the schedule is a good thing.