True freshman to watch
LB, Notre Dame
The 6'2" 225-pounder from Punahou High in Honolulu, who surprisingly choose the Irish over USC, should thrive in coordinator Jon Tenuta's 4--3 scheme.
Coach on the hot seat
Those BCS bids in his first two seasons are a distant memory. The schedule sets up nicely, but after winning 10 games total the past two years, there is no room for error.
Coach on the rise
In his first season the ex--Oklahoma assistant took an offense that had lost its top two receivers and rusher and made an explosive attack even more productive.