The 2015 football season at Notre Dame will mark year two of the much-dissected agreement with the ACC that sees the Irish scheduling an average of 5 ACC football teams per year in exchange for full membership in all other ACC sports. It'll be the first, though, in which ND's schedule looks dramatically different than it otherwise would have, since last season the Irish played only four ACC opponents, while this year they will play six.
However, I think the ACC 'experiment', as some call it, has been and will continue to be a net positive for the Irish. The most immediate benefit from the relationship came this last spring, when ND won the ACC championship in men's basketball on its way to the best season for the team in many of our lifetimes. However, the football relationship has provided benefits now and in the future.
With that in mind, it's unfortunate that ND has two games that are essentially filler on the schedule this year (UMass and @ Temple), but in the future, that number will hopefully be limited to one more often than not. Trips to Temple and Northwestern are the only remaining road games that were scheduled prior to the ACC deal taking full shape, outside of Texas next year. Beyond those two largely superfluous trips, I imagine we've seen the last of ND road games that exist neither to fill a rivalry slot or to strategically position the Irish to land top recruits. Perhaps fans would rather see schedules less designed for strategic purposes than for more pure football reasons, but that's the way college football has gone, and ND is wise to follow it in this case.