Except they were in the CFP just last year. Notre Dame goes undefeated and they get in regardless of being an independent.I just don't think I would want to play for ND for the simple fact that they are so limited by their schedule from having real rivalries and from getting into CFP. Not being in an actual conference just doesn't seem like it would be much fun. The only thing your team is playing for is to get into a better bowl game since you can't win a Conference title game. Sure, the school has a historic tradition and it is a good college, but it would be difficult to get up for games after your team loses two games, since your team is playing for nothing really after that other than a better bowl game.