What Would Keep Notre Dame Fighting Irish Out of A Bowl Game?

By Corey Elliot
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If Notre Dame Fighting Irish win less than nine games they may not be going bowling.

Because the Irish are independent (and proud of it) they don’t have a bowl game that they fall into by way of conference ranking. The Irish essentially have to win nine games and finish in the top 14 to be BCS eligible.

And, of course, we all know that if Notre Dame is eligible for a BCS at-large bid they will get it.


I’m not and you shouldn’t be either. That’s why this issue the Irish may face isn’t anything to lose sleep over. Do you really think that if Notre Dame is an eight or nine win team left out of the BCS they won’t find a bowl game to call home?

Let’s be serious about this. If the great people putting on the Idaho Potato Bowl or the New Era Pin Stripes Bowl are selecting participants and Notre Dame is sitting outside looking in, there won’t be something done to get the Irish in the bowl game?

This goes hand-in-hand with being over-privileged. Don’t confuse that with relevance or recent success. Although Notre Dame played for a national championship last January, the fact is they still haven’t won a national title in over 20 years.

But as cliché as it is, it’s true. It’s Notre Dame and regardless what evidence and truths may be obvious, there is still something synonymous about college football and the Fighting Irish. The thought that a bowl committee, or the BCS bowl committee for that matter, would leave the Irish out of postseason play is asinine.

Notre Dame will play in a bowl game if they go 6-6 and they will play in a BCS bowl game if they go 9-3. It’s not science. It’s the politics of college football.

This debate is laughable. If the Irish are bowl eligible they will play in a bowl game. Nobody is leaving out the most storied program in college football history.

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