I have a buddy who played at a MAC school and has been to ND for a couple of games. He's also been to BDS and stadia all over the country. He said gameday at ND is abysmal. Sure they draw some recruits for the obvious reasons - nationwide TV and all. But he said that compared to Tuscaloosa, Knoxville, Baton Rouge, Gainesville, Oregon, USC, etc. the experience is pretty anticlimactic to a blue chip recruit.
Back on thread, if they play any decent SEC school they stand a 65-90% chance of losing. Then they and their recruits will hear about it until they schedule and go beat another 1-2 SEC teams, which they'll have the same probability of losing to.