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Notre Dame Bowl Projection: Irish to Face Oklahoma State in Orlando’s Camping World Bowl Dec. 28

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Meeting would be first ever between Cowboys and Irish.

Oklahoma State v Iowa State Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Oklahoma State Cowboys will battle for the first time on the football field at the Camping World Bowl, according to the majority of college football analysts.

The game will kickoff at 5:15 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Camping World Stadium (also known as the Citrus Bowl) in Orlando, Fla.

The Cowboys had a remarkably similar season as the Irish in terms of record. They went 9-3 and lost to the two really good teams on their schedule: the TCU Horned Frogs and Oklahoma Sooners.

In terms of style, the Cowboys are remarkably proficient on offense and middling on defense.

NCAA

(Here’s Notre Dame’s for comparison.)

NCAA

While bowl matchups will be solidified later today, almost all analysts believe Notre Dame will end up in Orlando. A few writers still have them in the Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl against a SEC opponent (probably the LSU Tigers or Mississippi St. Bulldogs). The Iowa St. Cyclones could be Notre Dame’s opponent if Oklahoma State is not.

The Irish have played once before in the Camping World Bowl. In 2011, they lost, 18-14, to the Florida State Seminoles when it was called the Champs Sports Bowl. Notre Dame has never played in the Citrus Bowl (the game, not the stadium).

The Irish have an extended Cotton Bowl history, having played in that game seven times previously. Their last major bowl win was Jan. 1, 1994 — a game played against the Texas A&M Aggies in the Cotton Bowl (which was then played in Dallas).

Notre Dame Bowl Projections After Championship Saturday

Writer Publication Bowl Location Opponent Date Link
Writer Publication Bowl Location Opponent Date Link
Jerry Palm CBS Sports Camping World Orlando, Fla. Iowa State Dec. 28 Link
Stewart Mandel The Athletic Camping World Orlando, Fla. Iowa State Dec. 28 Link
Brant Parsons Orlando Sentinel Camping World Orlando, Fla. Iowa State Dec. 28 Link
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
Erick Smith USA Today Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
College Football News Staff CollegeFootballNews.com Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
David Hale ESPN Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
Alec Shirkey Diehards Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
College Sports Madness Staff CollegeSportsMadness.com Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
Brad Crawford 247 Sports Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
Scott Dochterman Land of 10 Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
Brett McMurphy The Score Camping World Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State Dec. 28 Link
Jason Kirk SB Nation Citrus Orlando, Fla. LSU Jan. 1 Link
Eric Single Sports Illustrated Citrus Orlando, Fla. Mississippi State Jan. 1 Link
* Bill Bender Sporting News Cotton Arlington, Texas Penn State Dec. 29 Link
* Bryan Fischer College Football Talk Cotton Arlington, Texas Penn State Dec. 29 Link
* Pick made before Saturday’s games @andrewwinn

Poll

What do you think of Notre Dame playing Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    I like it. Beating a 9-3 team to finish with 10 wins would be a good end to the season.
    (58 votes)
  • 25%
    I don’t like it. This season is ending in disappointment, regardless of the result.
    (41 votes)
  • 37%
    The Irish are not playing in the Camping World Bowl. I’m still convinced they’re going to the Citrus or Cotton Bowl.
    (60 votes)
159 votes total Vote Now