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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Irish need BCS berth in 2013

By ESPN.com staff


AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Notre Dame's bowl opportunities this fall appear pretty clear cut: It's BCS or bust.

If Notre Dame does not qualify for a BCS bowl and there are 70 bowl eligible teams to fill all 35 bowls, the Fighting Irish could be left without a bowl.

"We don't have something set," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told ESPN at the ACC's spring meetings.

Notre Dame can qualify for a BCS bowl by winning at least nine games and finishing in the top 14 of the final BCS poll. If the Fighting Irish win at least six games and are not in the top 14, they are not guaranteed of a bowl berth and could get shut out of a bowl game.

"We have a lot of bowls and with conference realignment I think how that dynamic likely will play out in a few places, I think there will be bowl opportunities available," Swarbrick said. "I understand you can create a scenario where there's not [an opening], but I think there will be."

To read Brett McMurphy's full story, click here.