By Kenny Howell
So we have gone through all through conferences, now let's look at the schools who think they are too good for conferences, or no one wanted them this year, the Independents.
Really only two teams factor into any type of discussion, Notre Dame and BYU. They are probably going to be the only two going to bowls, and the Irish could go to a BCS game again, though probably not the National Championship.
Notre Dame's road schedule works out fairly well except for two games. They will have to travel to Michigan and to Stanford. I think they split those games. USC and Oklahoma both come to South Bend, and I think they win both of those.
People are concerned about the loss of Manti Te'o and Everett Golson, but I honestly don't think they will miss a beat. Brian Kelly is just a winner once he gets his system in place, and he established that last year.
BYU will go to a bowl game with eight wins. Games against Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Boise State will be tough, but I think they get one of those.
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1. Notre Dame (11-1)
2. BYU (8-4)
3. Navy (5-7)
4. New Mexico State (3-9)
5. Army (2-10)
6. Idaho (1-11)