Notre Dame has had little, if anything to gripe about regarding its position with the BCS. And recent developments have improved the outlook for non-BCS conferences as well, writes Adam Rittenberg.
Take a quick look at the position battles, coaching changes and other key factors to pay attention to during spring practices from Notre Dame to the Mountain West and WAC.
Boise State and Hawaii have reached the BCS promised land over the last two years, but neither the Broncos nor the Warriors sit atop our Non-BCS spring power rankings.
There's no way that Nevada defensive coordinator Ken Wilson will not prepare for a banged up Colt Brennan. That's just one of the topics covered in the non-BCS notebook.
The BCS computer rankings haven't been kind to Hawaii, but a tough closing stretch should give the Warriors a boost. That's just one of the topics covered in the non-BCS notebook.
Evan Sharpley gets the nod at quarterback for Notre Dame but perhaps Charlie Weis should have made the move sooner, writes Adam Rittenberg.
From Notre Dame's struggles to establish a running game to Northern Illinois' injury woes, the non-automatic BCS conferences and independents are covered here.
Boise State and Garrett Wolfe are two of the few highlights for the non-BCS season.
It's been a long recovery for the Green Wave, but Saturday they welcome SMU to Tulane's first home game in nearly two years.
Michigan State has beaten Notre Dame in seven of their last nine meetings. But the Spartans might just be the perfect opponent for a struggling Irish squad.
Boise State has found another star; a passing milestone at Ohio; injury updates at Notre Dame, Navy and UNLV and more in the non-BCS notes.
Fresno State earned its keep; UTEP has a chance to defeat Texas Tech; San Jose State and Arkansas State try to find starting QBs and more in the non-BCS notes.
Take a midseason look at the C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and the Independents.
There might not be a Utah-like story in 2005, but Notre Dame's rise and a surprising TCU squad are stories worth following.
The Irish still have unfinished business to take care of, but Notre Dame has turned a corner under new coach Charlie Weis.
After ending a 17-game losing streak, George O'Leary and Central Florida can breathe a little easier.