Matt Fortuna | Dec. 30, 2012 | ESPN.com
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- For as many questions as Notre Dame's football team faced entering this season...the Fighting Irish were facing every bit as many off-the-field uncertainties about their piece in the college football picture.
The answers came during a six-month course that saw the Irish gain access to college football's new postseason and broker a deal with the ACC that allowed the football team to maintain its independence. Then, they further validated their presence at the adults' table by restoring the glory on the field, running the table en route to a 12-0 record, No. 1 ranking and spot in the Discover BCS National Championship on Jan. 7 against reigning champion Alabama.