Notre Dame hits crunch time for bowl destination

Notre Dame hits crunch time for bowl destination
December 1, 2013, 12:15 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO — When Brian Kelly meets with his senior class Thursday for input on where Notre Dame should play its bowl game, he can expect to hear this argument:

"Definitely not to play somewhere where it's snowing," wide receiver T.J. Jones said Saturday.

"That's how everyone feels," concurred offensive lineman Zack Martin.

If playing somewhere warm is the desired outcome, that'd throw a wrench in plenty of bowl projections. With the Big 12 not filling its seventh bowl slot and Notre Dame having a large alumni base in New York, the Pinstripe Bowl would seem to make the most sense.

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But there are other options. The Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego fulfills the warm weather wish, though its payout is only $500,000. The Advocare V100 Bowl (better known as the Independence Bowl), despite being played in Louisiana, isn't guaranteed to have pleasant weather.

The Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit would be the easiest trip, though it has a payout of less than $1 million. The Heart of Dallas Bowl has a $1.1 million payout and could be in warm-ish weather (at least compared to South Bend), but Notre Dame played in the Metroplex two months ago.

Those are the post-Christmas bowls with openings as of right now, though there's still a possibility some back-room dealings open up something else.

Even if Notre Dame is pushed into a cold-weather locale for its bowl, that'd wind up being fine with the team's senior class if they can win the game.

"I don't really care, I just want to win," linebacker Dan Fox said.

"We'll go wherever, we'll play wherever," Jones said. "We'll get the win if we can."