Notre Dame’s loss to Michigan didn’t just knock them out of the Playoffs; it knocked them out of the New Year’s 6 Bowl Games as well according to most current projections. Now a lot can change between now and the end of the year, and if Notre Dame wins out, the NY6 is still very much in play. That said, if Sports Illustrated’s latest bowl projection for Notre Dame ends up happening, I could be in trouble, you guys. SI is projecting the Gator Bowl against Texas A&M – my wife’s alma mater – after the Michigan debacle.
Again, a lot can happen in a few months, and bowl projections right now are as fluid as most referees’ definition of pass interference throughout a game, but that could be quite the problem for me personally.
We knew this day would come eventually with Notre Dame and Texas A&M scheduled to play in 2024 and 2025, but that is five years from now – not just over two months. We’ve only been married a few months, and this could be our first major test.
The odds of any bowl projection at this point being accurate is slim to none, but the idea of a Gator Bowl matchup with the Aggies would be pretty interesting. The two schools haven’t played since 2001 during Bob Davie’s final season at Notre Dame, but the two schools have an interesting bowl game history with the two playing in back to back Cotton Bowls in the early ’90s.
If you read my five things I liked column from this past weekend’s game, you know I just went to Kyle Field in College Station for the first time and had a great time. Marrying into an Aggie family, I’ve even developed an appreciation for the Aggies. I own Texas A&M gear. I hadn’t owned gear for any team other than Notre Dame in my entire life outside of a brief period when I was like five when I went through a Penn State phase. That wasn’t my fault though – I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the heart of Penn State country.
Football wise there would be some interesting storylines in a Notre Dame – A&M matchup. Most notably, there’s the Mike Elko connection. It would be interesting facing him in a bowl game two years after he allegedly backed out of an agreement to stay at Notre Dame for more money at A&M.
It would be the second time this year Notre Dame faced a former defensive coordinator after shredding Brian Vangorder earlier this month. There would have been another such instance when New Mexico visited, but Bob Davie’s health prevented him from making the trip (don’t forget he was a DC at Notre Damme before being named head coach).
For my sake, let’s hope this projection doesn’t come to fruition. Such a matchup would be some unneeded stress that the first year of a marriage doesn’t need. And god forbid it happens at Notre Dame were to lose. I’m just not ready for that scenario in my life right now.