I know you are a big Notre Dame fan, while I'm a Pac-10 alum. I think the best bowl game on the schedule will be New Year's Day in Tempe, where the Oregon State Beavers will beat your beloved Irish in the Fiesta Bowl (played at my Alma Mater).
Can you imagine two more contrasting teams? OSU hasn't had a winning season in 30 years, or a bowl in around 32, yet, last time I checked, the odds makers in Vegas had them a few points up on ND. Tradition versus the ultimate in NO tradition, national following against no following. However, Oregon State's only loss was by three points at Seattle, so don't rely on your victory over Purdue as an indicator that Notre Dame can stack up with a (this year at least) top 10 team. Dennis Erickson's collection of no-names move fast and hit hard. The only question is whether the quick trip to the spotlight is a bit much for a group and program used to toiling in anonymity.
So, may the better team win, and Notre Dame finish second.