After a 12-0 regular season record and a trip to the College Football Playoff, expectations at Notre Dame are surely for Brian Kelly's squad to finish the job. Unfortunately, the latest projected bowl games don't appear to see that happening in 2019.
Following the release of the 2019-20 bowl schedule on Thursday, Sporting Newscame out with their projection for every bowl matchup. Fighting Irish fans will certainly be disappointed to know that their school was not projected to make it into the College Football Playoff.
Instead, Sporting News is projecting that the Fighting Irish will take on AAC giants UCF in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on December 28.
Notre Dame appeared in the Cotton Bowl last year as part of the College Football Playoff, but the historic game will not be a venue for the tournament this year.
At the 2018 Cotton Bowl, Notre Dame was beaten soundly by eventual national champions Clemson, 30-3.
Notre Dame has never played against UCF, nor are they scheduled to over the next ten years.
The Fighting Irish certainly have a tougher road to the College Football Playoff than most teams, as their lack of a potential conference championship game essentially forces them to run the table in order to be considered against one-loss teams that won their conference titles.
Of the school's 11 national championships, seven of them came when the team had a perfect record without ties.
Their presence in the Cotton Bowl seems to suggest that analysts think the Fighting Irish are due for at least one or two losses in 2019.