1. Ending with a strong performance will help 2015 recruiting vs ending with a 4 game losing streak and USC blowout loss
2. Bowl practice time will especially help the newer contributor in 2015. Plus, great game experience for guys like McGlinchey and Morgan.
3. Perhaps someone (Holtz?) got thru to Kelly and told him that ND needs to run the ball (as opposed to running just one of first 15 plays vs USC). Hopefully Kelly learned a blueprint for 2015.
I suspect that virtually everyone who wanted to skip the bowl game now understands that such an opinion was based on emotional exhaustion and not logic.