Pinstripe Bowl set: Rutgers to play Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Rutgers will play Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl after beating USF on Saturday.  (USATSI)
Rutgers will play Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl after beating USF on Saturday. (USATSI)

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

Rutgers improved to 6-6 with the win, earning bowl eligibility for the eighth time in nine seasons. The Scarlet Knights struggled to earn that sixth win, dropping three straight down the stretch of the regular season before punching finally breaking through with a win against the Bulls on Saturday.

Notre Dame accepted a bid to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, held in Yankee Stadium, 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.

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