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Our breakdown of each opponent's spring practice and outlook for 2012 took a little hiatus this week, but we'll be finishing up over the next four or five days. In the meantime, this thread will have links to all of them for one stop shopping tear sheets for next season.
As the school year winds to a close, Blue and Gold takes a look at what Irish fans can expect from Notre Dames 2012 opponents based on their spring practices. First up: Navy.
The Boilermakers return 19 starters next year from its first winning season in five years. Optimism is high in West Lafayette following an injury-free spring session.
Michigan State is one of many tough tests for Notre Dame next year. The Spartans return the majority of a top ten defense, but have some major questions on offense.
Notre Dame gets one final shot at erasing a history of heart-breaking losses to Denard Robinson and Michigan next September.
Miami and Notre Dame face off in Chicago this fall. The Hurricanes will be looking to improve on a 6-6 season last year while playing without their normal cast of talent.
The Cardinal come to South Bend in October. Theyll have a hard time getting back to the BCS without quarterback Andrew Luck but should be a good test for Notre Dame.
Fellow Independent BYU visits South Bend this year. They were bitten by the injury bug in spring, but should have a talented defense and a dangerous passing game in 2012.
Senior quarterback Landry Jones and Oklahoma will host Notre Dame this fall in the two programs first meeting in more than a decade.
New head coach Paul Chryst will try to return Pittsburgh to it roots as a running team with senior Ray Graham leading the way.
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