Aside from the classic against UCLA, Coach Brey has done his best yet again to ensure the Irish have the worst competition available to get them ready for the Big East. I love Coach Brey, unlike many Irish fans who criticize his every mover, but this is something I have always disagreed with him upon. Every year, except for last season, the Irish have played some of the easiest teams D-1 ball has to offer and this year will be no exception.
So get ready for thrillers against the great Idaho State Bengels and the always formidable Long Beach State 49ers! And who could forget the Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash?
However, depending how good this relatively new, unknown, mysterious Irish team is, the games against Bucknell and Northwestern could serve as some form of competition. Still, anything more than 2 loses in non-conference play should be unacceptable.