I know the economy sucks. I know there has to be a lot of concern amongst the bowls about being able to draw a sufficient number of supporters to the games. I know that Notre Dame draws. I know. I know.
Despite some struggles down the stretch, Notre Dame is still drawing interest from the Cotton, Gator and Sun bowls heading into its final two games.
“The great thing about the system the way it is now is you can really afford to wait until the whole season is over before making a decision,” Cotton Bowl president Rick Baker said.
The Irish (6-4) are 19 1/2-point favorites against Syracuse (2-8) on Saturday and will be heavy underdogs a week later against sixth-ranked USC (9-1). And although neither the Cotton Bowl nor the Gator Bowl has ever awarded a berth to a five-loss team, the presidents of both bowls said a loss to the Trojans wouldn’t necessarily eliminate the Irish from consideration. [Emphasis added.]
“I don’t think we necessarily look just at the records,” Baker said. “We’re going to look at the matchup and the history that we have with the programs that we’re considering. That’s not a policy that we don’t take a 7-5 team, that’s just the way that it’s happened.”
That’s “just the way that it’s happened”? Bowl Dude, please.
While he’s at it, maybe he can pair the Irish with a 6-6 team so that they actually have a shot at winning. There’s probably no policy against that either.