There are multiple perception problems with the bowls BC typically plays. The destination, the history and the dates are usually undesirable. But the bigger issue for most of our casual fans is the opponent. For every Georgia or USC we played, BC also ended up in games against Colorado State and Toledo. If you play Notre Dame, that is not a problem. Good or bad, the Irish are instant credibility to the typical BC alum and the local media.
When we were good, I bemoaned the Irish-obsession among the casual fans. Now that we're hopefully back on the upswing and still playing in less than capacity home games, I welcome any and all interest BC can get. I think we match up well against Notre Dame this year too. There offense is error-prone and they can be run on. It would probably be a low-scoring slugfest.
Even the most optimistic BC fan will admit a game against Notre Dame in Shreveport on New Year's Eve won't draw many BC fans. But it will do really well in the ratings. Attendance is fairly consistent for the game, so maybe they don't need BC to travel. If ESPN is pushing things as they typically do, a BC-Notre Dame game will be perfect.
The Virginia Tech win was nice and for now serves as Addazio's signature win at BC. We don't need a name-brand opponent to validate this year. But starting a new bowl streak in a new era against our favorite opponent would be a nice way to end 2013.
For those true nuts, here is video of the BC vs Notre Dame in the 1983 Liberty Bowl.