Sunday, December 8, 2013

Rutgers accepts bid to play Notre Dame in Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers accepted a bid to play Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl, coach Kyle Flood announced after the Scarlet Knights' impressive 31-6 win against South Florida on Saturday.

Rutgers improved to 6-6 with the home win, earning a bowl bid for the eighth time in nine seasons. It was the Scarlet Knights most satisfying game in a long time after struggling to to earn that bowl-eligible sixth win. Rutgers had lost five of their last six games before finally breaking through with a win against the Bulls on Saturday.

“Probably the most complete game we played all year,” Flood said.

Notre Dame already accepted a bid to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, held in Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28, Saturday morning. The Fighting Irish are a replacement team for the Big 12 after the league was unable to fill it's spot with a seventh bowl eligible team.

The Pinstripe Bowl has the No. 4 pick from the American, a selection that is leftover from its previous agreement with the Big East. Inviting Notre Dame and Rutgers makes sense when you consider that the game will feature ACC and Big Ten teams moving forward, as the Fighting Irish will have access to the ACC's bowl ties as a partial member and the Scarlet Knights will be members of the Big Ten in 2013.

For Rutgers, it's another trip up I-95 and over the George Washington Bridge to the Bronx for the second time in three years.

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