Notre Dame’s updated national bowl projections

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A 31-16 win over USC moved No. 11 Notre Dame to 6-1 on the 2021 season as a favorable schedule awaits them to close the year. Notre Dame won’t play another team who is currently ranked, although 5-2 Virginia is knocking on the door as they’re again in the “receiving votes” category of both the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll and AP Top 25 poll this week.

So where do the experts think Notre Dame will be headed this bowl season?

The loss to Cincinnati will be nearly impossible to overcome in terms of another College Football Playoff appearance, assuming absolute craziness doesn’t happen at least, but the Irish are being seen by more as a New Years Six team in this week’s look around the national bowl projections.

Athlon Sports:

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Athlon Sports Projection:

Fiesta Bowl vs. Michigan State

Related: Notre Dame all-time records vs. every Big Ten team

CBS Sports:

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CBS Sports Projection:

Peach Bowl vs. Pitt

Related: Notre Dame-Pitt Rivalry History

College Football News:

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College Football News Projection:

Fiesta Bowl vs. Pitt

Related: Notre Dame’s all-time bowl history

ESPN (Schlabach):

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ESPN (Schlabach) Projection:

Fiesta Bowl vs. Pitt

Notre Dame football all-time vs. each ACC team

ESPN (Bonagura):

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ESPN (Bonagura) Projection:

Cheez-It Bowl vs. Baylor

Related: Notre Dame football’s all-time results vs. Big 12 teams

The Sporting News:

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Bill Bender of The Sporting News Projections:

Peach Bowl vs. Wake Forest

Related: The teams Notre Dame football has never lost to

USA TODAY:

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USA TODAY Projection:

Peach Bowl vs. Ole Miss

Related: Notre Dame’s all-time results vs. each SEC team

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