Notre Dame to face South Carolina in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 30

Notre Dame to face South Carolina in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 30

What narrow chance the bowl gods would concoct a Notre Dame-LSU grudge match in the Jan. 2 ReliaQuest Bowl completely dissolved Friday night, when underdog Utah trampled USC, 47-24, in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Taxslayer Gator Bowl, to be precise. Notre Dame still gets an SEC opponent this postseason, just one a little lower on that conference’s food chain and one with a lot less familiarity than an LSU matchup would have offered, with former Irish coach Brian Kelly and his Tigers (9-4) instead headed to the Citrus Bowl to play unranked Purdue (8-5).