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It would for me.

 

Yesterday was not as bad as the FSU loss to me. If we finish 10-2 or 9-3 and get a respectable bowl game against a good team, I'd be fine with that. I don't know what it would take for that to happen. Is it possible with 10-2 or 9-3?

 

I believe the Orange is still an option at 10-2, not sure about 9-3.

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I believe the Orange is still an option at 10-2, not sure about 9-3.

 

With the playoffs taking the 4 best teams, I think that opens the door a little wider for ND to squeak in at 9-3.

 

EDIT: ND will still need to meet the other requirements though - Top 8? 9 Wins and something about being ranked higher than the other non AQ conference winners or something...I forget :-)

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Yes, regardless of what people may say now right off of a loss. If we finish 11-2 with a win in a New Year's Bowl, this site will be rocking through the off-season. The negative nancies will bring this loss up every now and then, but the overall mindset will be positive if we finish 11-2.

 

I do think we need to finish 10-2 to make it to the big bowls though.

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If we cant make the Orange, then I want the Cotton. We need the right opponent though. You guys who are clamoring to play a good team, ask yourselves this: do you really want to play LSU or Auburn or Alabama? I would rather face an opponent that we have a more realistic shot at winning, say a Nebraska or a Wisconsin, etc.

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If we cant make the Orange, then I want the Cotton. We need the right opponent though. You guys who are clamoring to play a good team, ask yourselves this: do you really want to play LSU or Auburn or Alabama? I would rather face an opponent that we have a more realistic shot at winning, say a Nebraska or a Wisconsin, etc.

 

I think we can beat any of those teams personally and yes I would much rather play one of them.

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If we cant make the Orange, then I want the Cotton. We need the right opponent though. You guys who are clamoring to play a good team, ask yourselves this: do you really want to play LSU or Auburn or Alabama? I would rather face an opponent that we have a more realistic shot at winning, say a Nebraska or a Wisconsin, etc.

 

Just saw a "projection" of a Russell Ath bowl bid vs West Virginia.

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If ND gets to 10-2, they will more than likely end up in the Orange Bowl against either Clemson or Duke, which I would rather have Clemson for the namesake.

 

ND is NOT going to the Orange Bowl. They need to be the HIGHEST ranked team left (after playoff selections) between the B10 and the SEC. Likely would need to ranked #5 and I dont see that happening. A Top 10 finish and a invite to one of the other major bowls is more likely.

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ND is NOT going to the Orange Bowl. They need to be the HIGHEST ranked team left (after playoff selections) between the B10 and the SEC. Likely would need to ranked #5 and I dont see that happening. A Top 10 finish and a invite to one of the other major bowls is more likely.

 

Right. The Orange Bowl is out barring a major collapse from a bunch of teams, however, they can "jump" the auto team and select a lower team if they wish.

 

The Cotton, Fiesta and Peach have no current auto-tie ins, so the committee will selects the next best 5 teams to fill those spots, but there is also a spot for the highest ranked Non-power 5 team.

 

However, if the Big 10 champ is not in the playoff, they automatically get a spot in the Peach, Cotton or Fiesta.

 

So there are a bunch of contingencies, but to make it simple, essentially, the 6 highest rated non-playoff teams should land in one of the top tier bowls.

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I fear dropping the final 2 vs Louisville and USCum....

 

Then ND will be somewhere awful for bowl season.

 

If this doesn't happen I think the coaches did a masterful job with all that has happened with the preseason misery of the frozen 5, the FSU rip off, Losing Schmidt and this 5 TO debacle in the desert.

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Absolutely 10-2 and a top tier bowl game against a KSU or MSU or auburn will do plenty to get people fired up and very excited for next season

 

 

Not to mention it would give us another shot at a top team to get this taste out of our mouths

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