Notre Dame Football: When Will Fighting Irish Be Back in BCS Picture?

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Notre Dame Football: When Will Fighting Irish Be Back in BCS Picture?
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Those college football fans who say one loss doesn’t ruin a season certainly aren’t fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 

Fair or not, the 2011 season went up in smoke this past Saturday night for the Irish, who suffered a debilitating 31-17 setback to their hated arch rivals, the USC Trojans.

With the defeat, Notre Dame is now a meager and disappointing 4-3, certainly not the record fans envisioned when the season began.  Fans had their eyes on a return to a prestigious BCS bowl.

Those dreams are officially dashed—at least this year.

But all hope is not lost, as a return trip to a major bowl will come sooner than many people think for the Irish.

Here are five reasons the Irish will return to a BCS bowl game in 2012.

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