Say this about Notre Dame. It’s always an interesting ride on the Golden Dome rollercoaster.

In 2016, when the Irish went 4-8, some restless alumni and fans bristled for change, and never mind the long contract extension Brian Kelly had received.

Last fall, despite losing QB DeShone Kizer to the NFL, Notre Dame got out of the gate quickly. After losing an early 20-19 heartbreaker to Georgia, the Irish went to Miami on Nov. 11 with an 8-1 record and a real chance for compelling playoff resume.

They endured a 41-8 meltdown there, though, and got beat 38-20 at Stanford to end their regular season with a sour taste.

A 21-17 Citrus Bowl win over LSU then gave ND a 10-3 record, its second in double digits in three years.

Now what?

Here are Five Burning Questions for the 2018 Fighting Irish.

1, CAN NOTRE DAME GET OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT?

The Irish could build a lot of momentum by beating Michigan in their opener. The atmosphere in South Bend will be rockin’, just as it was when Georgia came to town last fall.

All things considererd, even a loss won’t take any goals off the table. It will just reduce the margin for error. But the Michigan game will set the tone for the season. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.