Notre Dame a far different team than a year ago

Updated: December 5, 2005, 1:48 AM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame is going back to Arizona for a bowl game for a second year in row -- this time, though, under dramatically better circumstances.

Instead of trying to win one for fired coach Tyrone Willingham in the low-profile Insight Bowl as they did last year, the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish are cashing in on their turnaround season under first-year coach Charlie Weis and playing No. 4 Ohio State in the high-profile Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The bowl appearance is worth at ...

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