Spring football is over. The transfer portal is closed. The calendar reads June. You know what that means? College football is almost here. It has now been five months since Michigan took down Washington in the national championship game in Houston, and we have made it through the hardest part of the offseason. We are well past the halfway point, and now, there's nothing but excitement to get us to the finish line. We are less than three months away from the start of the college football season, and Notre Dame football is ready. Fighting Irish fans can't wait to see their team take the field for the first time.

The 2024 college football season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons in a long time, and it's because of all the changes that are coming to the game in 2024. Let's start with the expanded College Football Playoff.

It's going to be interesting to see how the first year of the new 12-team College Football Playoff goes. The four-team playoff era is over, and having eight more teams make it is going to make a huge difference.

First of all, college football fans can breathe a little bit easier during the regular season. There's no worse feeling as a fan than seeing your team lose a huge game in the first weeks of the season before conference play even starts. In the four-team playoff era, that's as demoralizing as it gets. You know that one more loss is the nail in the coffin, and even with one loss (or in Florida State's case, zero), there is no guarantee that you will make it. Now, power five teams that go 10-2 should be pretty safe, and even some 9-3 teams will likely be able to make it.

The other big change is more football and a longer season. The College Football Playoff committee recently released the schedule for the 2024 playoff, and it is going to be an exciting month. Instead of three total playoff games played in the span of a week, we will get to see 11 games spread out over the span of a month. That is going to be a lot of fun.

Another huge change to the college football world this year will be with the new conferences. The Pac-12 is gone as everyone except for Oregon State and Washington State found a new home. USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington are now in the Big Ten, Cal and Stanford moved to the ACC, and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah are in the Big 12.

The Big 12 did lose two teams, however, as Oklahoma and Texas are making the move over to the SEC.

All in all, big changes are coming to college football, and it should make for an exciting season. Things are going to look different, and not everyone is a fan of the new changes, but there is going to more football and more good matchups. That's a plus.

Notre Dame football has playoff aspirations in 2024

One team that has had high expectations in recent years but has failed to make the College Football Playoff is Notre Dame football. This will be year three of the Marcus Freeman era in South Bend, and the Fighting Irish are looking to take the next step this season. Years one and two could've been a lot of worse, but they also could've been a lot better. After the way the 2022 season started, it felt like a win to finish the year at 9-4. A home loss to Marshall early in the year was disastrous, but the Fighting Irish bounced back.

Last season was a bit of the opposite. After the great start to the season, Notre Dame football's 10-3 finish was a bit disappointing. The Fighting Irish got out to a great start and were a play away from beating Ohio State at home early in the year. They couldn't get it done, and the loss definitely took the wind out of their sail a bit.

Now, the College Football Playoff is expanding to 12 teams, and the expectation for Notre Dame football is that they make it there. Because of the way that the playoff is lined up with conference champions, the Fighting Irish are unable to get a bye in the CFP, but at this point, their only focus is finding a way to get in.

Notre Dame football will once again have a talented team, and it'll be interesting to see who all of their starters are when the season rolls around. The Fighting Irish have brought in some exciting transfer portal players, like quarterback Riley Leonard who is coming over from Duke. At the end of the day, Notre Dame is going to need to have some guys step up this season if they want to win big. Here is one player poised for a breakout season.

Jaden Greathouse, WR

Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Jaden Greathouse (19) scores in the third quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium.
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Wide receiver Jaden Greathouse is going to have a big season for the Notre Dame football team in 2024. Greathouse just finished up his freshman season, and it was extremely promising. It's common for freshman to sit for most of the season and have to wait their turn to play, but that wasn't the case with Greathouse. He was too talented to be left off the field.

Last season, Jaden Greathouse had a great freshman year. He finished the season with 18 receptions for 265 yards and five touchdowns. He knew how to find the end zone. Greathouse found a way to be a solid contributor for this Notre Dame offense last year, and he should be one of their top WRs this season. Greathouse and Riley Leonard could end up being a great duo for the Fighting Irish.

The recipe is there for Jaden Greathouse to have a big year. The Fighting Irish are going to have good QB play from Leonard, and Greathouse is going to be one of the top receivers on the team. He should get a lot of chances to make big plays.

Jaden Greathouse is going to be a very important player for this team in 2024. Fighting Irish fans can't wait to see what he will do in year two.