It looked like New Year's Day was going to be another underwhelming one for the Big Ten. Then came the Rose Bowl.
The calendar will flip to 2014 at midnight, putting to bed a fairly miserable 2013 for Notre Dame.
Much like the holiday season it takes place during, it sometimes feels like bowl season can drag on forever. But, like the holiday season, it’s all worth it at the end.
Sept. 6, 2014: Notre Dame vs. Michigan; South Bend, Ind.
Despite its status as an independent, Notre Dame — like many conference-affiliated programs — has eight games locked in per season.