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Monday, November 14, 2011
Looking at bowl projections

By Matt Fortuna

Before Notre Dame's win Saturday night over Maryland, representatives from the Champs Sports Bowl passed out pins to media members in the FedEx Field press box.

Telling? Likely.

Another week, another round of bowl projections with Notre Dame pegged for Orlando, Fla., as our experts Brad Edwards and Mark Schlabach think Insider the Irish are destined for Disney World, against Florida State. ACC blogger Heather Dinich currently has the Seminoles in the Champs Sports Bowl as well.

The opponent could vary, given the muddied middle of the ACC. Virginia and Georgia Tech could be potential Champs Sports Bowl teams with strong finishes. But with the Big East having no teams in the latest BCS standings, the conference's second-most attractive team -- behind the conference champion -- will probably be a longshot when pitted against the Irish, who have more talent and a larger traveling fan base than any school in the Big East.

The Champs Sports Bowl can replace its pick of the next-available Big East team for Notre Dame once in a four-year cycle, and it would be tough to pass the Irish up this season, given the current climate of the Big East.

Big East blogger Andrea Adelson has the Irish headed to the Champs Sports Bowl as well.