Athlon Sports ranked Notre Dame No. 8 in its preseason Top 25, and the magazine named three Irish players preseason All-Americans.
Defensive end Stephon Tuitt and nose tackle Louis Nix III were named to the preseason first team, and left tackle Zack Martin was named to the third team.
Athlon also ranked the Irish's defensive line No. 2, the linebackers No. 6 and the defensive backs No. 10.