Following a rough 2016 season for Notre Dame, one in which the Fighting Irish went 4-8 on the year, things went much better in 2017. Led by head coach Brian Kelly, Notre Dame finished the season 10-3, including a Citrus Bowl win over LSU, to cap off a much improved year.

How will things go in 2018? Is Kelly still on the hot seat? CBS Sports senior college football writer Dennis Dodd recently joined Tommy Tran to break down the Irish heading into this year and see where things stand with Kelly.

“Well look, there’s tremendous pressure for the Notre Dame coach every year,” said Dodd. “And this has just become about the playoff for Notre Dame. Brian Kelly has done a heck of a job in South Bend. They won 10 last year, but they did lose two of the last four games and got blown out in one of those games. It was a bad finish after they thought they could compete for the playoff. Remember, that blowout loss was at Miami, where Notre Dame saw just how far they have to go physically and athletically to compete at a top level. That was not pretty, I was at that game. I told you they won 10 games this year. They could win 10 again this year. The defense is very, very good. Brandon Wimbush, they’ve got a quarterback. They’ve got to rebuild the offensive line. But again, its all about the playoff. If Notre Dame doesn’t start competing for the playoff, which is for every team playoff or bust, he’s going to be in trouble.”

The Fighting Irish open the season at home inside Notre Dame Stadium against Michigan on Sept. 1.