Notre Dame was not projected to play in the National Championship last year. So, that makes these projections possibly irrelevant.
Notre Dame is not projected to play in a BCS Bowl Game this season. The Fighting Irish are matched up with Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Pinstipe Bowl is played in Yankee Stadium on December 28th. The game is slatted to be a battle between the Big 12‘s 7th team and American Athletic Conference’s 4th team.
Because Notre Dame is still technically affiliated with the Big East, they must use those tie-ins. However, the Irish used their final tie-in in 2011 when the Irish played Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl. Notre Dame would then need to wait until a conference could not fill a spot. At that point, the spot would become an at-large spot. If Notre Dame would land in a BCS game, however, these scenarios would be irrelevant.
If the Fighting Irish were to lose just 2 games, they would almost certainly be playing playing in a BCS game. So, this projection would suggest that the Irish will lose 3 or more games this season. The most likely losses for the Fighting Irish are Michigan, Oklahoma and Stanford. However, the Irish could definitely drop games against USC and Arizona State too.
These are just projections. What should make Notre Dame fans smile? Brad Edwards, ESPN writer, predicted that Notre Dame would face Cincinnati in the Pinstripe Bowl in 2012. Just sayin’.