According to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, Notre Dame will play in the Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium.
Notre Dame is headed to the Pinstripe Bowl, per source. Irish informed appropriate parties— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) December 6, 2013
The Irish have made sense for the Pinstripe Bowl since Charlie Weis and Kansas beat West Virginia last month, rendering the Mountaineers ineligible for a bowl and all but opening up a spot in New York. The Pinstripe Bowl has the Big 12's seventh bowl tie-in; the conference only produced six bowl-eligible teams this year.
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Notre Dame defensive lineman Jarron Jones -- a native of Rochester, N.Y., tweeted after Fowler's report: "PINSTRIPE BOWL!!!!!! Coming home!!!!! #yankeestadium!!!!"
Notre Dame seniors said last weekend they hoped to play in a warm-weather location, though the team's options were limited in that regard. Only the San Diego-based Poinsettia Bowl would be guaranteed to have pleasant conditions, with other options in Dallas, Detroit and Shreveport, La., hit-or-miss, weather-wise. Coach Brian Kelly was slated to meet with his senior class Thursday to discuss Notre Dame's bowl options.
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The Irish are 1-2 in bowl games under coach Brian Kelly, with a Sun Bowl win in 2010 followed by losses in the Champs Sports Bowl and BCS Championship in the following years.
Notre Dame would either play Rutgers or Houston in the bowl, based on how Rutgers fares this weekend against South Florida. A win would make Rutgers bowl eligible, and its proximity to New York makes it an obvious choice. Houston, at 8-4, would provide a higher-quality opponent for Notre Dame.
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Kickoff for the Pinstripe Bowl is 12:15 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Dec. 28.