I took a hard look at Notre Dame's schedule and as much as I dislike Notre Dame (I think because of Charlie Weis) I had to give it to them, their schedule was tough. Check out who they played:
Purdue, Mich. St., Scum, Miami (FL), Stanford, Oklahoma, USC, and now #1 Alabama. And then of course some not so good teams like BYU and Navy.
All in all that is one hell of a tough schedule. If they beat Bama in the championship, I will have to take my hat off for the Fighting Irish.