Jan. 5, 2008
Prediction: Notre Dame vs. Central Michigan
Big East/Notre Dame vs. MAC
Notre Dame has teamed up with the Big East to send a representative to the International Bowl. The way things look right now, it appears as if Louisville, South Florida, West Virginia and Rutgers will all be more attractive representatives for bowl games than traditional powerhouse Notre Dame. It will be a definite down year for the Fighting Irish after losing lots of offensive playmakers including Brady Quinn, Darius Walker, Jeff Samardzija and Rhema McKnight. Perhaps the best returning player on the team is strong safety Tom Zbikowski who hopes to make an All-American bid. The International Bowl will gladly gobble up a mediocre Notre Dame squad who would be sure to send lots of fans to Toronto.
If the International Bowl is lucky enough to get a high profile team like Notre Dame, the MAC will be sure to send its conference champion to this game. Right now the favorite to win the MAC championship looks like Central Michigan, a team that hopes to defend its MAC crown. Quarterback Dan LeFevour leads the team that also returns last year's leading rusher, Ontario Sneed. Look for the Chippewas to go bowling in Ontario come January.