College football analyst predicts Notre Dame will not make a bowl game this season
Notre Dame is off to a 0-2 start after beginning the year with losses to Ohio State and Marshall.
The Fighting Irish host Cal this weekend, but their schedule gets significantly tougher over the course of the regular season. That begins with a game vs. North Carolina in Week 4.
College football analyst Bud Elliott views the schedule as too difficult for Notre Dame to overcome in terms of getting to bowl eligibility.
“It’s kind of clear to me right now,” Elliott said on Wednesday’s episode of the Cover 3 podcast. “I think they’re clear [underdogs] at North Carolina, at BYU, hosting Clemson and going to USC. At Syracuse is probably the coin flip.
“I don’t think they’re going to make a bowl, guys.”
If Notre Dame does lose to UNC, BYU, Clemson and USC, it would have to win the remainder of its games in order to reach bowl eligibility. Notre Dame also has Cal, Boston College, Navy, Stanford, UNLV and Syracuse on its schedule.
Syracuse is off to a great start this season with first-year offensive coordinator Robert Anae running the show. The Orange picked up blowout wins over Louisville and UConn to start the year.
Notre Dame last missed a bowl in 2016.
Notre Dame and Cal kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC on Saturday.