Since the Irish upset Utah last weekend they’ve been unexpectedly thrust back into the bowl picture.
Executives for lower end bowls like the Maaco and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl are licking their chops and lighting every candle they can find at The Grotto in hopes that Notre Dame will become bowl eligible and drop into their lap. It’s a relative rating bonanza and a guarantee of boatloads of tickets on both sides being sold.
The Irish have only one true bowl tie-in outside of the BCS (Champs Sports Bowl), which means they’re at the mercy of bowls where conferences don’t have enough eligible teams to fill their postseason slots. This leads to a lot of convoluted scenarios and potential matchups.
Today we’re going to wade through that quagmire and look the five most interesting potential bowl matchups. Let’s break down the potential landing spots, how intriguing they could be, and how realistic the scenarios are.