I think you might be referring to '71 season?
by tf86 (2022-11-30 11:55:06)

In reply to: Ara's era, different AD's and presidents. A two-loss season.  posted by The Flash

ND was offered a bid in the Gator Bowl that year but players voted it down.

Fwiw, there were 12 bowl games that year. There are 41 today (not counting the CFP championship game.)