Sept. 24—SMU at home
Oct. 1—Indiana at home
Oct. 7—Miami ( Fla.) at Miami (night)
Oct. 15—Michigan State at East Lansing
Oct. 22—Purdue at Lafayette
Oct. 29—Navy at home
Nov. 5—Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
Nov. 12—North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nov. 19—Iowa at home
Nov. 26—USC at Los Angeles
COACH TERRY BRENNAN SAYS:
We will have many problems as the season starts. We are going to have a fighting team, one that will never give up, but we face too many experienced clubs too early. Our chances for a good season depend on a scarcity of injuries and a few breaks during the early games. But the team spirit and the will to win will always be there.
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
Last year at this time Terry Brennan was facing his first season as a college head coach. Gone from the undefeated squad of '53 were 16 lettermen including such greats as Johnny Lattner, Neil Worden, Jim Schrader and Menil Mavraides. This season the situation is about the same, with 18 lettermen lost, including all but one of the starting line. A glaring opening is left by the graduation of the great Ralph Guglielmi at quarterback and his understudy Tom Carey. Paul Hornung, long Gugie's heir apparent, has now been moved from fullback to take over the position. If Captain Ray Lemek's knee holds up after the operation he had this spring there will be few better guards around. Tackle Wayne Edmonds will also be heard from in the line. Don Schaefer, Jimmy Morse and Paul Reynolds are the leading veteran backs returning. Maybe I'm going away out on the limb but it has been a long, long time since I've seen a Notre Dame team that didn't finish the season close to the top. As old Patrick Henry said—I think: "The only way to judge the future is but by the past."
BASIC FORMATION: Split T and T.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20; STARS: Howard Cassady, H; Frank Machinsky, T; Jim Parker, G; Ken Vargo, C; Jerry Harkrader, H.
LETTERMEN LOST: 16.
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Leo Brown, E; Aurelius Thomas, G.
1954 RECORD: Won 9, lost 0. Defeated USC in the Rose Bowl 20-7.