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Even sans titles, Irish relevant

Originally Published: August 17, 2012
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Notre Dame hasn't won a national championship since 1988.

Heck, the Fighting Irish haven't won a BCS-level bowl game since they defeated Florida 39-28 in the 1992 Sugar Bowl, which was played about four months before current quarterback Tommy Rees was born.

In fact, Notre Dame has won only two bowl games since 1994: the 2008 Hawaii Bowl and 2010 Sun Bowl.

But, with apologies to my esteemed colleague Rick Reilly, the Fighting Irish are still relevant in college football.

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