Bowl eligibility needs to be ND's priority

Elkhart Truth photo/Russ DraperNotre Dame's Josh Adams (right) makes a move against the Michigan State defense earlier this season. ND (2-3) needs to go 4-3 in its remaining games to become bowl-eligible. The Irish are projected as an underdog in five of remaining games.

As we all savored a preseason top-10 ranking and the hopes of a possible playoff run, a postseason trip to the Citrus Bowl or the Russell Athletic Bowl never entered any destination consideration for Notre Dame or its faithful followers.

But as we reach the halfway post Saturday to this strange season — and with the toughest stretch of the Irish schedule still looming — Notre Dame players and coaches find themselves in a full scramble to even reach a second-tier December bowl as this talented team remarkably and unexpectedly still tries to define and reinvent itself well into October.

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