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Irish Accept Bid to Play Rutgers in 2013 Pinstripe Bowl

UPDATE: The Irish are now officially slated to play AAC #4 Rutgers (6-6) on December 28th.


[This was originally written before ND accepted the bid and before Rutgers beat out Houston for the other slot.]

Friday evening it was reported by CBS Sports that Notre Dame has accepted a bid to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

As of late Saturday night an official announcement hasn't been made by the University however an announcement is expected to be made soon.

The deal isn't done yet...

...but if you're interested in watching the Irish you are probably wise to start scoping out some tickets to the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Pinstripe Bowl is played at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York and has a payout of $1.8 million, although the pot may have been sweetened to keep the Irish in NYC instead of seeking a warmer bowl in San Diego or elsewhere.

The bowl pits the No. 7 pick from the Big 12 versus the No. 4 pick from the American Athletic Conference. Since there are only 6 bowl eligible teams from the Big 12 it will be Notre Dame taking their slot.

As of right now, it is projected that Notre Dame will play the Houston Cougars (8-4) who have had a pretty decent season with all of their losses by a combined 20 points, however, if Rutgers (5-6) wins on Saturday against USF the bowl may select the local Scarlet Knights for a more fan-friendly matchup. [It's Rutgers.]

The Pinstripe Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 28th with kickoff at 12:15 ET.