Notre Dame keeps BCS hopes alive

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Charlie Weis likes his team’s chances of earning a Bowl Championship Series berth — if No. 19 Notre Dame keeps winning.

Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett does, too. Catlett said the Gator Bowl would love to have a Fighting Irish team that finishes 10-2, but can’t imagine it happening.

“I can tell you that four BCS bowl directors are hoping they finish 10-2 and in the top 14 in the BCS poll,” Catlett said.

That’s because Notre Dame, with its tradition of eight national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners and a national fan base, brings TV ratings and strong ticket sales.

“Everyone involved in the bowl business is aware of Notre Dame, aware of their fan base, aware of the economic impact it would have on their bowl,” Rose Bowl executive director Mitch Dorger said.