Notre Dame's bowl destination seemed pretty straightforward for weeks. On Sunday, the Irish officially learned their fate and the opponent that will await them.
CFP No. 15/AP No. 14 Notre Dame (10-2) will take on Iowa State (7-5) in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28. The bowl, played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., will be televised on ABC at noon EST.
Iowa State finished tied for third in the Big 12 with a 5-4 conference record alongside Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Head coach Matt Campbell is 26-24 in his four seasons with the Cyclones.
Iowa State placed three players on the All-Big 12 First Team: tight end Charlie Kolar, left tackle Julian Good-Jones and safety Greg Eisworth. The Cyclones rank No. 9 in the FBS in passing offense with 318.3 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy has completed 295 of his 445 passes (66.3 percent) for 3,760 yards and 27 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
Notre Dame has never played a football game against Iowa State. The Irish are 29-6-1 against teams currently in the Big 12.
Camping World is the seventh sponsor of what is now known as the Camping World Bowl. It's most recent iterations were the Russell Athletic Bowl (2012-16) and Champs Sports Bowl (2004-11). Notre Dame lost to Florida State, 18-14, in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.