The UHND Opponent Poll returns for a second season. Here is our first poll of the season.
2009 UHND Opponent Poll
|1.||#4 Southern Cal
|12-1||vs. San Jose State (9/5)||Even with USC replacing most of their defense and starting a true freshman at QB in Matt Barkley, USC is by far the toughest opponent for Notre Dame in 2009.|
|9-4||vs. Montana State (9/5)||Michigan State is a dark horse contender in the Big 10 in 2009. Mike Dantonio has Michigan State headed in the right direction, but the Spartans will miss Javon Ringer early in the season|
|9-4||vs. Youngstown State (9/5)||Pitt will miss LeSean McCoy greatly in 2009, but Dave Wannstedt’s solid recruiting has Pitt in a position for a nice year again this year.|
|7-6||@ #23 Notre Dame (9/5)||A lot of people are overlooking Nevada, but the Wolf Pack have a potent offense that can put up a lot of points on a lot of defenses.|
|5-7||@ Washington State (9/5)||I’m still not buying into all of the hype of Harbaugh, but I think Stanford will be a little better than they were a year ago.|
|9-5||vs. Northeastern (9/5)||Boston College will be breaking in a new quarterback and coach in 2008, but new head coach Frank Spaziani is a very familiar face for BC.|
|3-9||vs. Western Michigan (9/5)||There’s a lot of turmoil in Ann Arbor right now. Michigan can’t be worse than they were a year ago, but quarterback issues are really going to hamper Michigan in 2009.|
|8-5||@ #6 Ohio State (9/5)||Navy won’t beat Ohio State this weekend, but they’ll give them a tough game and will have a solid season.|
|8-5||@ Ohio (9/5)||UConn lost their QB and RB. Former Notre Dame QB Zach Frazer will be the starting QB for UConn this year.|
|0-12||vs. #11 LSU (9/5)||As long as Jake Locker is healthy this season, Washington will at least have a chance each week this season after going winless last year.|
|4-8||vs. Toledo (9/5)||Purdue is in rebuilding year this year with a new head coach. That is not the recipe for a good season.|
|2-11||vs. Stanford (9/5)||The Cougars are looking like the weakest team on the Notre Dame schedule to start the season.|
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