The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin the 2013 Season ranked in the top 25 in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll. Notre Dame is currently ranked 14th in the AP Poll and 11th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This year’s rankings mark Notre Dame’s highest preseason billing since 2006, when the Irish entered the season at No. 2 in the AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches’ poll. Notre Dame finished fourth last season in the AP poll and third in the coaches’ poll. The Irish have appeared in 51 of the 64 AP preseason polls, most recently in 2011.
Four Notre Dame opponents appear in the 2013 preseason poll: Stanford (#4), Oklahoma (#16), Michigan (#17), and USC (#24). With more than half of it’s opponents receiving votes in the opening poll, Notre Dame’s 2013 schedule will certainly put the ranked Irish to the test.