We keep hearing about Denard getting hit hard by Big 10 defenses, I am pretty sure ND would qualify for as an upper half Big10 defense on talent alone. That dline was pretty active and they had some big players with 4 star ranking. Teo could start for any team in the conference. The rest of the LBs and secondary were highly ranked coming out of high school. It remains to be seen what Diaco can do with the unit for the rest of the year, but that group looked better than it has under Charlie. That may sound strange to say when it gave up 500 years, but I think that unit simply got Denarded.
the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection