Notre Dame has been bowl-eligible for a few weeks, but where the Irish will play in the postseason remains a big question mark. There’s still an outside chance of a New Year’s Six Bowl, but that requires a fuss from USC and other fusses beyond Notre Dame’s control.
Boston College’s takedown this weekend seems to limit Notre Dame’s key projections, at least according to most media outlets covering such issues.
Notre Dame’s most common destination right now is the Gator Bowl.
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura has picked the Irish to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Gator Bowl. South Carolina pulled off a 63-38 win over previous No. 5 Tennessee. Notre Dame is 3-1 all-time against the Gamecocks, with South Carolina winning the last matchup (1984) and Notre Dame winning the first three matchups (1976, 1979, 1983).
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has earmarked the Irishman for a game with the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Gator Bowl. Notre Dame and Arkansas have never met in football, but that will soon change when the two teams face off in Fayetteville in 2025.
Athlon Sports and SaturdayDownSouth have both scheduled the Irish to play Kentucky in the Gator Bowl. Notre Dame has never played Kentucky in football.
Notre Dame’s second most enduring bowl projection is the Holiday Bowl. ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura was expecting the Irish to face Utah in this bowl game, and CollegeFootballNews.com has scheduled Notre Dame to face UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.
Notre Dame is 4-0 all-time against UCLA, with the Irish beating the Bruins 20-6 in the last meeting, held in 2007. The Irish also beat UCLA 20-17 in 2006, but the previous meetings were in 1963 and 1964.
Sports Illustrated has scheduled Notre Dame to play Pittsburgh in the Gasparilla Bowl. Obviously, the Panthers are more common than the other opponents the Irish are projected against. Notre Dame has a 50-21-1 all-time advantage over Pittsburgh.
Obviously, Notre Dame has one game left to play, and that’s against No. 5 USC. If the Irish can win this game then you can expect a bit of a shake in the bowl projections.
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