In a city that cherishes championships, nobody will confuse a Notre Dame-Rutgers game for the apex of college football. But the New Era Pinstripe Bowl gets one of the more interesting non-BCS games of the postseason, matching up two teams that would like to stake their claim as New York's team.
The Irish already have a loyal following in New York, with thousands of subway alums tracing back generations. That bond brought the Irish into new Yankee Stadium, part of a sold-out first football game in the "House that Steinbrenner Built" in 2010, as part of the Shamrock Series. Rutgers played in Yankee Stadium a year later, and with its inclusion into the Big Ten next season, the team wants this game to help it reclaim a turf war for the Big Apple.
Neither team has reached their goals this season.
The Irish's BCS dreams were dashed after a disappointing loss to Pitt in early November and a slew of injuries that derailed the season. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood very nearly lost his job. He was forced to fire three coaches on Sunday, according to the team's website, with defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski not taking part in the bowl game.
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Date and Time: December 28, 12:15 ET
Place: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y.
Radio: ESPN Radio, SiriusXM Channel 129