ND may well steal a win against USC, Stanford or Georgia (1 of 3 at the most) but lose at least 3 games against inferior teams. Despite all the stuff about how ND will run more and Run Pass Option (which to me is code for "duck, cover and run") the offense will only go as far as our quarterback. And our quarterback, for all his potential and raw talent, is brand spanking new.
Thus we will lose to Navy when Wimbush throws an interception inside Navy's 20 yard line with 45 seconds to go (after our defense cannot stop Navy on 4th and 3 and they score a go-ahead touchdown). We will lose to North Carolina when Wimbush makes the wrong read on a RPO(DCR) and is sacked on 4th down inside the Tarheel 10 yard line and the clock runs out. And we will lose in equally spectacular fashion to either NC State, Boston College or Michigan State.