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College Football World Reacts To Notre Dame Bowl Drama

Marcus Freeman watches from the sideline.

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 02: Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebackers coach Marcus Freeman looks on during a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Cincinnati Bearcats on October 2, 2021, in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Despite finishing with an 8-4 regular season record, Notre Dame is still a hot commodity on the bowl market.

According to Action Network's Brett McMurphy, two different bowls--the Gator and Holiday--are battling to secure the Fighting Irish as a participant. 

"This shouldn't come as a surprise, but there is a real Battle Royale b/w Gator & Holiday bowls to get Notre Dame, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ," McMurphy tweeted. "This will impact several SEC/ACC bowls depending where Irish go. Also, some late shuffling among Big 12 teams in bowl lineup. Fun times."

Notre Dame may have had a slightly "down" year, but the Irish are still a big bowl draw due to their national fanbase. 

McMurphy's report has elicited a variety of reactions from fans and media members.

"This MIGHT be part of the hold up for the Sun Bowl (Pac-12 vs. ACC) and maybe whatever bowl game UCLA is in (especially if it is the Sun Bowl)," noted UCLA reporter James H. Williams.

"ND *with* Drew Pyne was already trash ND in a bowl game with the 3rd stringer lol ok," said an unimpressed fan.

"BUt notRE damE Is IRRelEVAnt," countered another.

"Like I said, lots of horse trading going on," added's Creg Stephenson.

Whatever the drama was, it seems like it's finally over. McMurphy is reporting Notre Dame will go to the Gator Bowl.