Notre Dame and Iowa State will square off for the first time on Saturday, December 28 as the Fighting Irish have accepted an invitation to play in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, FL. The Cyclones (7-5) finished third in the Big-12 Conference under Coach Matt Campbell, who is completing his fourth year at the helm. Their best win this season was against Texas, while playoff-bound Oklahoma beat them 42-41 in a classic shootout. Notre Dame (10-2) failed to qualify for a major bowl despite its ten regular season victories, none of which came against Top 20 teams.
The game will begin at 12:00 Noon Eastern time, and will be televised by ABC. It will serve as a prelude to the playoff semifinal games to be played later that day. LSU vs. Oklahoma will follow before Clemson and Ohio State Square off in the other matchup. This year marks the first time in the playoff era that Alabama has failed to qualify for the four team national championship derby. The Crimson Tide will play Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on January 1.
Iowa State is led by sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy, a 66% passer who took over the starting job in 2018 midway through his freshman season. His top receiver is Deshaunte Jones, with 72 receptions, while the leading ball carrier for the Cyclones is Breece Hall with 842 yards. Linebackers Marcel Spears and Vance O’Rien anchor the defense.