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Notre Dame's Run Likely Steals Champs Sports Bowl

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Quarterback Tommy Rees #13 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Quarterback Tommy Rees #13 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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A few weeks ago, Notre Dame seemed out of the running the the Champs Sports Bowl. Two big wins later and it looks like the Big East will hand that bid to the Irish.

On October 30th, Notre Dame was 4-5 and it looked like the Champs Sports Bowl was out of the question. The Irish have a tie-in with the Big East and if they can go 7-5 and finish within two wins of the eligible Big East team, the bowl can select Notre Dame. The Irish were staring at home games against Utah and Army and a road game at USC.

You figured Army was a win, but Notre Dame wasn't expected to win either of the two other games. Seems like they had other plans as they ran the table to finish 7-5 (side note: By the way, Pitt, that is how you finish a season). They are now eligible to take the Champs Sports Bowl bid and likely will. Even West Virginia, which travels like crazy and would be eligible if it doesn't reach the BCS game, likely won't be selected ahead of Notre Dame.

I've mentioned before that I understand the Big East doing business with Notre Dame, but this is an example of a raw deal for the conference. West Virginia could finish 9-3 and, like Pitt last season, be headed to a nondescript bowl game.

Not that I'm complaining that it's the Mountaineers.