Miami Beach Bowl:
Central Michigan vs. Tulsa (2:30pm ET, ESPN)
Remember 2010 when Brian Kelly decided it was a genius idea to throw the ball into the end zone instead of kick a game-winning field goal? I do. It isn’t that Tulsa did anything wrong or became a historic enemy of Notre Dame, but once you beat them in such fashion, it sticks.
By default, Fighting Irish fans will be rooting be Central Michigan in this one. It isn’t that we hate Tulsa. It’s just that there’s this knot in our stomachs whenever they play. A constantly reminder that we gave up an easy win is something that will never sit well.
They didn’t mean to ruin their relationship with Irish fans, but it happened. It’s going to take a long long time before that relationship is restored.