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UPDATED: Report States That Citrus Bowl Will Pass Over Irish For Michigan State

Is there a tangerine revolt going on and no one told me? According to the latest update, we got it wrong.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are going to play in a bowl game this year, but we are all still uncertain as to which one. One of the theories floating around is that the Irish will be in Orlando for either the Citrus Bowl or the Camping World Bowl (Formerly Russell Athletic and Champs Sports Bowl).

According to a report from, the Citrus Bowl has already voted for their preferences, and the Irish aren’t in their final two. The preferred two are the Michigan State Spartans and the LSU Tigers.

Citrus Bowl officials met on Wednesday night in Orlando to vote on their preference and LSU was an overwhelming favorite to represent the SEC over Mississippi State and South Carolina, the source said. Michigan State was the choice as the Big Ten rep, with Notre Dame a distant second choice.

So, think about that for a minute. Notre Dame and all that comes with its massive fanbase is being passed over by Sparty - a team with the same record, lower ranking, and have already lost to the Irish this season in a blowout, 38-18.


How do the Irish get pushed aside for Michigan State for a bowl game while having a better resume’, bigger brand (JACK), and higher ranking?

I really don’t know.

I can’t pretend to know all the bowl scenarios for the Irish right now. Truth be told, I’ve been playoffs or bust since October, with a little Cotton thrown in. Last Saturday changed all of that, and I haven’t had the stomach to start sifting through all of those particular scenarios.

What I do know, is that college football bowl representatives are a proud people with many brightly colored jackets, and they can write up expense reports with the best of them. It’s also a very small world, so perhaps the Citrus Bowl representatives know something we don’t about where the Irish are heading. The Peach Bowl has been a game that has been brought up here and there.

We still have to get through the conference championship games this weekend before we actually know what might happen, and on Sunday we will know exactly what will happen.

I’m just bamboozled at the thought of this article’s headline.


I already put this in the comments section, but the Citrus Bowl responded: