The bowl games are officially set – we’re just a few weeks away from bowl season getting kicked off on Dec. 20. One of the more intriguing match-ups of the postseason is the Camping World Bowl. The 15th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Iowa State Cyclones in Orlando on Dec. 28.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg has released his predictions for every college football bowl game this season. He likes Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish to end their season with a victory over Matt Campbell’s Cyclones.
Rittenber predicts Notre Dame will beat Iowa State 31-23.
Here’s his reasoning, via ESPN:
The coaching matchups here are fascinating, as Brian Kelly leads Notre Dame against Iowa State and Matt Campbell, who would be on the short list to succeed Kelly in South Bend. Defensive coordinators Jon Heacock (Iowa State) and Clark Lea (Notre Dame) are both excellent tacticians. Notre Dame’s offense is a little more reliable, though, and gets the win behind the Ian Book-Chase Claypool passing connection.
Prediction: Notre Dame 31, Iowa State 23
Both teams will have plenty of rest leading up to the bowl game. Notre Dame wrapped up its season with a 45-24 win against Stanford on Nov. 30. Iowa State ended its season with a 27-17 loss to Kansas State, also coming on the last day of November.
The Fighting Irish are expected to win the Camping World Bowl. But it’s foolish to count out Campbell’s Cyclones. This will be a fun one to watch.
You can view ESPN’s full picks here.