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Notre Dame's Bowl Game Revealed: Irish to Face Oregon State in Sun Bowl

Breaking down everything we know about Notre Dame's 2023 bowl match-up.

By Trent Moore
Tight end Michael Mayer dives to score a touchdown

The Notre Damę Fighting Irish have wrapped up a solid 9-3 season, and the waiting game is over to find out exactly where and when the team’s chance for a 10th win will come this bowl season.

Notre Dame’s in-season win total matches last year’s total wins, so if the Irish can win a bowl game, they’ll reach double digits on the season. The team dropped its biggest matchup of the year against Ohio State at home, along with losses to Louisville and Clemson. Some of the Irish’s biggest wins this year came against NC State, Duke and USC.

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Quarterback Sam Hartman led Notre Dame this year, ending the regular season with 2,689 yards, 24 touchdowns and a QBR of 68.4. Audric Estime was the team’s leading rusher with 1,341 yards and 18 touchdowns. Chris Tyree led the team in receptions with 484 yards and three touchdowns.

What bowl game is Notre Dame playing in for 2023?

Notre Dame will play Oregon State in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl at 2:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 29 in El Paso, Texas. 

Alabama's upset of Georgia in the SEC Championship, and the subsequent playoff shake-up that saw the Crimson Tide sneak into the playoff bracket at the expense of Florida State, sent shockwaves through most bowl game projections. The Irish were originally projected to potentially see LSU in a bowl game, which would've had LSU coach Brian Kelly facing his old team, but fallout from the playoff bracket shook up most of the expected match-ups once they were finally finalized on Sunday, Dec. 3.

When were 2023 bowl game selections announced?

Bowl matchups were officially announced on Sunday, December 3, 2023, after the conclusion of the various conference championship games. 

Head coach Marcus Freeman and team take the field

How to watch Notre Dame football games

Notre Dame's home games can be viewed on both NBC and Peacock. This marks NBC Sports’ 33rd season broadcasting Notre Dame football. Jac Collinsworth and Jason Garrett will be announcing the game from the booth; Zora Stephenson will be on top of all the action from sidelines.

Games airing on NBC can be found on the NBC broadcast network, available via over-the-air antenna or on most major cable and/or TV streaming packages in the local channel options. This season will also find some games streaming exclusively on the Peacock streaming service.

Games airing on NBC will also be streamed on the Peacock streaming service, which is available for 5.99 per month for a Premium plan, which offers new and hit original shows and films, live sports, current NBC and Bravo shows, plus more than 50 always-on channels. A Premium Plus plan is also available for $11.99 per month, which features no ads (with limited exceptions), plus live access to your local NBC channel and the feature to download and watch select titles offline.

Originally published Nov 27, 2023.

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