Notre Dame Fan Guide to All 42 Bowl Games

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Sorry Notre Dame fans, it wasn’t the Fighting Irish’s year. We’ll all have to watch bowl season without Notre Dame, but don’t worry, here’s how we can all enjoy bowl season without the Irish.

2016 wasn’t a season Notre Dame fans want to remember. At 4-8, the Fighting Irish were one of the biggest disappointments of the year.

Now, Notre Dame fans are forced to watch the entire bowl season without the Irish. With 42 bowl games beginning Saturda, the Irish fanbase will need some guidance to each game of the year.

If Notre Dame fans are going to survive the bowl season, they need to know what to expect for each game. On top of that, they will be looking for which team they need should root for and root against. You never want to go into a game without knowing the two teams playing are schools you despise.

Most people know the College Football Playoff schedule, but when it comes to the lower end bowls, there’s to many to remember. Here’s a complete breakdown of each bowl game and how Notre Dame fans should approach each one.

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:

NC Central vs. Grambling (Noon ET, ABC)

Bowl season opens with two FCS teams that mean nothing to Notre Dame. It’s okay, though, because it’s the start of the 2016 bowl games.

It’s always nice to watch a game that means nothing to your team. Unlike many of these bowl games, these two teams have no ties to Notre Dame. That means fans can just sit back, eat some early Christmas cookies, and enjoy the game.

It doesn’t matter who wins this game. All Notre Dame fans want it a great start to bowl season. If this is a close game, there’s nothing more you can ask for.