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5 opponents stand between Notre Dame and the College Football Playoff. Who could end its hopes?

Notre Dame's path to glory will zigzag from sea to shining sea.

It starts Saturday night in San Diego, of all places, where the 7-0 Irish take on Navy. Then it's onto an even more novel location - Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. The last time Notre Dame played at Northwestern, in 1976, it was called Dyche Stadium.

The Irish return home to face Florida State before tangling with Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. The five-week journey ends with a trip to LeBron James' new home for a duel with USC.

Based on his computations, SB Nation's Bill Connelly gives Notre Dame a 31 percent chance to finish 12-0. ESPN's Football Power Index puts it at 34

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