Notre Dame to Face Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Rutgers - 2013 Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers Scarlet Knights mascot during the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday night we learned that Notre Dame had officially accepted a bid to play in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 28. Late Saturday night we learned that the Irish will be facing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as their opponent in Yankee Stadium.

Heading into Saturday it was still unclear who Notre Dame would square off against in the Pinstripe Bowl with Rutgers and Houston the two rumored opponents.  In order for Rutgers to get the bid to face the Irish though, they had to take care of business on Saturday afternoon which they did in a 31-6 victory over South Florida to attain bowl eligibility.

So mark your calendars.  Notre Dame’s 2013 bowl game is on December 28 in New York City at historic Yankee Stadium against the Rutgers Scarlett Knights.  Kick off is set for 12:15 PM ET.  Not exactly the way most hoped the season would end in August considering last year at this time the Irish were making preparations for Alabama and the national championship game, but given the way this season has gone, this could be a nice way to end the season and build momentum for 2014.

If you are not playing in a BCS Bowl or the national championship, the purpose of your bowl game should be to end your season on a high note, reward the players for their work, use the practice time to prepare younger players, and help on the recruiting trail.

The Pinstripe Bowl with Rutgers as Notre Dame’s opponent accomplishes all of that.  The Irish will be a large favorite in the game, Yankee Stadium will sound like a home game for Notre Dame even though Rutgers is located in nearby New Jersey, and even though New York City in December isn’t the warm weather destination the players had hoped for, there are certainly far worse places the players could spend their new year’s eve than the mecca of all new year’s eve celebrations.

Notre Dame will also have a chance to get a win over Rutgers in their own backyard.  Rutgers is desperate to stake claim to the recruiting grounds in the New York city metro area, but hasn’t been able to do so.  Notre Dame has won recruiting battles in the New York and New Jersey areas much more often than they’ve lost to Rutgers over the years.  Bennett Jackson, Elijah Shumate, Ishaq Williams, Tyler Stockton, Carlo Calabrese, and Jarron Jones are current players on the Notre Dame roster from either New York or New Jersey.  Incoming freshmen Jay Hayes, Quenton Nelson, and Andrew Trumbetti are all from New York and New Jersey as well.

Most importantly, this matchup gives Notre Dame a great chance to end its season on a winning note – something that would give the Irish momentum in recruiting during the final push for the class of 2014.  In recent years, whenever Notre Dame has a lost a bowl game, recruiting has fallen apart in January and February.  After the Champs Sports Bowl in 2011 Notre Dame lost Ronald Darby to the team that beat them, Florida State, and failed to close strong as they did the year before when the Irish soundly beat Miami in the Sun Bowl.

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It might not be the national championship and it might not be a location full of sun and fun, but when you are a 8-4 football team those are luxuries you are not always afforded.  For Notre Dame though, the Pinstripe Bowl gives them an excellent change to be a 9-4 football team with momentum on and off the field heading into a 2014 season that has the potential to end with a much more merrier holiday season for the Fighting Irish.

Go IRISH!  Beat Rutgers!

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40 comments

  1. Shazamrock 6 years ago

    Out of 123 Division-I college football teams, Rutgers ranks 120th in passing yards allowed.(ahead of only Troy, Idaho, & Cal)

    For the year, opponents have attempted 474 passes against the Rutgers Defense, for 3737 yards, good for 31 TD’s, and a passing yards per game average of over 300 per game. (311.4 yards)

    Offensively, both teams rank fairly close to each other with ND holding a slight edge in most offensive catagories.

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    1. jeff 6 years ago

      Sounds like a green light for BK to abandon the run game early and let TR air it out like 50 times. Personally i would like to see Folston carry the ball 23-28 times and get GA3 and Cam a few token carries. Get used to it GA3 and Cam. Thats what your senior year is going to look like.

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  2. irisheye62 6 years ago

    Final Word–short and sweet-

    AN ND WIN SHOULD BE DONE.
    THE QUESTION IS –WILL IT ??
    JUST DO IT, DAMN IT!!!!!!!!

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  3. irisheye62 6 years ago

    Just run the damn ball, hog the clock and give a great defensive effort.
    It isn’t rocket science.
    I don’t CARE if it is in “Rutgers back yard”–Most of the Nation still is FILLED swith ND Alumni. Take Rutgers seriously and put these dudes away–and get some killer instinct for the love of heaven and earth.
    It’s Rutgers–Not Florida State.
    C-Dog asks “why Rutgers isn’t Pitt?”
    That deserves to be looked at.
    ND lost on fundamentals –loose ball, easy 7 points–not alert.
    Turnovers ( again)
    ND LOST that –Pitt did not necessarily win.
    They were just more hungry–especially on Heinz Field.
    That is the ONLY reason Rutgers would like to make New Years Eve memorable by beating a name team in their “back yard.”
    They will have target practice for ND -and ND should expect that –and take them as seriously as Mich. St –and bring it —immediately–not letting Rutgers in the game. No excuses–NO BEING DRIVEN INTO THE GROUND LIKE NAVY And AIR FORCE AND PITT–Defense rise to this occasion as it if were Clemson, USC and Sparty.
    It SHOULD BE DONE.

    Kill, destroy, conquer.
    No apologies.

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  4. duranko 6 years ago

    Jack, rankings are elections, a behavioral science, not football. Always have been, always will be.

    I believe that is a shame, and absurd that we don’t have a 16 team playoff.
    That’s sports. That’s competition. Settle it on the gridiron.

    Notwithstanding, when Notre Dame went 12-0 last year we got the berth in the National Championship game against Alabama.

    The solution is simple (uncomplicated) but difficult. Win all the games you play.

    Just win, Irish!

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  5. BJ 6 years ago

    i just dont believe in kelly.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

      I believe in you to repeatedly ask the same questions and make the same comments over and over.

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  6. BJ 6 years ago

    I SAW THGIS TODAY,

    “I always liked this guy; when I’ve seen him interviewed he is impressive: Razor sharp, clean cut and exudes confidence and optimism. I’d think most parents like it when he comes into their living room.

    Having said that, the play calling was ofteny highly questionable this year.
    Was it Martin calling 51 passes per game vs UM?
    Or all those long, low % throws against MSU on 3rd & short? Etc.
    Was it Martin abandoning the run game?
    Or was Kelly responsible?
    Or was it Rees checking into all those throws?

    This will probably forever remain a mystery.

    One thing I will say is this: For a guy who swore he wasn’t calling the plays this year, BK was doing a great imitation of a guy calling plays.

    Talking furiously into headset with laminated game plan card held up to his face to defeat lip readers as ND huddled. Isn’t that what guys who call plays do?

    Whatever. I wish Chuck well. Chicago Irish guy who gave ND his very best for 4 years.”

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  7. BJ 6 years ago

    does kelly have the guts to hire a great offensive coordinator?

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    1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

      Do we know where the offense is yet bj?

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      1. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

        Hey, Burgundy, heck of a coaching job your man Mike Tomlin is doing in Pittsburgh. Losing to Miami in a snow storm! Perhaps ND should hire him and try to repeat the “Golden Era” of Tyrone Willingham, another under-qualified affirmative action cautionary tale. But, of course, lest Burgundy play his race baiting card, I’d love to see Tony Dungy, a truly qualified coach, who learned his craft from Chaz Knoll, be the coach of any of my teams at any time!

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    2. fxm 6 years ago

      It is not a matter of guts, so much as I think he thinks offense is his bag and he wants a, I know this is a dreaded term, “game manager” to execute his philosophy and plan. So, don’t hold your breath on a “guru.”

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    3. Storespook 6 years ago

      BJ
      Who are you thinking as candidates for possible OC besides in-house possibilities MD or TA as meeting your criteria. Please don’t think I am being flippant. I am just curious as to who you were thinking.

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      1. fxm 6 years ago

        Not my choice, but I think it will be Denbrock. I won’t claim to have a great knowledge of up and coming OCs. It is just that I think BK is a real hands-on when it comes to the offense and wants to OC to be an extension of himself.

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      2. Storespook 6 years ago

        FXM
        I tend to agree with you it will be Denbrock.

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