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Notre Dame accepts bid to the Pinstripe Bowl

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Notre Dame will face an opponent from the American Athletic Conference in the Pinstripe Bowl.  (USATSI)
Notre Dame will face an opponent from the American Athletic Conference in the Pinstripe Bowl. (USATSI)

Notre Dame is headed to the Pinstripe Bowl after an 8-4 regular season, sources told CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Notre Dame officially announced it accepted the bid Saturday morning.

“Quite simply, we are thrilled to bring our football program to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Brian Kelly in a release. “We were privileged to play in New York City and Yankee Stadium in 2010. The treatment our University received from the Steinbrenner family, the New York Yankees and the entire organization was unlike anything we've experienced in my tenure at Notre Dame.”

The Pinstripe Bowl has agreements with the American Athletic Conference and the Big 12. The bowl has the No. 7 pick from the Big 12, so Notre Dame will be a replacement team because the Big 12 only has six bowl eligible teams.

The Pinstripe Bowl has the No. 4 pick from the American, and BCS expert Jerry Palm currently projects that to be Houston.

The Pinstripe Bowl held its first game in Yankee Stadium in 2010, featuring teams from the Big East and Big 12 in each of the first three years. Beginning in 2014, the game will feature a team from the ACC (of which Notre Dame will soon be a partial member) and the Big Ten.

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