This bowl season presents quite a few first-ever matchups between programs. Among them is the upcoming Notre Dame-Iowa State game.
The two sides will face off at the Camping World Bowl in Orlando. Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 15 in the country, after a 10-2 season.
It wasn’t as good as the campaign that landed the Fighting Irish in the College Football Playoff, but another solid year for Brian Kelly’s program. The team’s two losses came to SEC East power Georgia and Michigan, once it hit its stride at mid-season.
Iowa State’s 7-5 season was probably a bit underwhelming for Cyclone fans expecting a big step forward, but ISU is a very competitive club. The team lost by one point to Oklahoma and Iowa, two points to Baylor, and a touchdown to Oklahoma State. This was almost a very special season, but an 8-5 year with a bowl win over Notre Dame would be a nice finish.
The game will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 28. ESPN has revealed the broadcast team that will be on the call: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, and Allison Williams.
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This will be Notre Dame’s second trip to the Camping World Bowl. Back in 2011, the Fighting Irish played in the game when it was called the Champs Sports Bowl, losing to Florida State 18-14.
Iowa State has never played in the game, through any of its many iterations. The bowl dates back to 1990.
The Camping World Bowl currently has ACC and Big 12 tie-ins, though Notre Dame can occasionally grab one of the ACC’s bowl spots in certain situations. The ACC is 3-2 in the current arrangement, with Syracuse blowing out West Virginia last season, 34-18.
The game opens a big day of college football. It is followed by the Cotton Bowl (Memphis-Penn State), and then the two College Football Playoff semifinals: LSU-Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, and Ohio State-Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
The entire slate of bowl games for this year can be found here.