2011 Bowl Predictions: Rutgers Headed To Pinstripe Bowl Against Iowa State At Yankee Stadium

Rutgers will play Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl

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2011 Bowl Projections: Rutgers Football Wearing Pinstripes

It unanimous. According to three major every college football bowl projections -- SB Nation.com, CollegeBowlProjections.com and Scout.com -- Sunday morning, the Rutgers University football program is heading to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 30, at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY.

What is not unanimous, however, is the Scarlet Knight's opponent, which will come from the Big 12 Conference. Both SB Nation and Scout.com has Rutgers playing the University of Missouri, while CollegeBowlProjections.com thinks it will be Iowa State University

It was about a month ago, the Scarlet Knights (8-4) become postseason eligible with a 20-17 victory over the University of South Florida, Nov. 5. Last week, Rutgers finished its regular-season schedule with a 40-22 loss to the University of Connecticut. The loss assured that the Scarlet Knights would not earn a share of the Big East Conference title, which comes with a possible invitation to a Bowl Championship Series bowl -- West Virginia University is expected to earn the league's BCS berth to the Orange Bowl, as its projected to finish higher in the BCS rankings

-- For more on the Rutgers football program visit SB Nation's On The Banks..

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2011 Bowl Projections: Rutgers Football Pinstripe Bowl Bound

Despite falling to the University of Connecticut, 40-22, and failing to earn its first Big East Conference title Saturday, the Rutgers University football program is still in the hunt for a quality bowl invitation according to multiple bowl projections. Currently, the Scarlet Knights (8-4, 4-3 Big East), who do not have anymore games left on their regular-season schedule, are pegged for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 31, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson and CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm both have Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl in their latest bowl projections. Palm has the Scarlet Knights playing the Big 12 Conference's the University of Missouri in the house that George Steinbrenner built.

If Rutgers is invited to play in the Pinstripe Bowl it could also face the Big 12's Baylor University, the University of Texas or Iowa State University.

-- For more on the Rutgers football program visit SB Nation's On The Banks.

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2011 Bowl Predictions: Rutgers BCS Hopes Crushed By UConn

The Rutgers University football program committed six turnovers and totaled minus-nine yards of rushing yards Saturday in a 40-22 loss to the University of Connecticut in a Big East Conference game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. The loss dropped the Scarlet Knights (8-4, 4-3 Big East) out of the league-title race and erased any chances at a Bowl Championship Series bowl berth.

For a few weeks, bowl projections had Rutgers earning the Big East's automatic qualifying spot for the BCS' Orange Bowl. Now, that it is no longer possible for that to happen, my best guess is that the Scarlet Knights will be asked to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, Dec. 31.


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If so, Rutgers would play a member of the Big 12 Conference. Likely candidates could be: Baylor University, the University of Missouri or the University of Texas.

Last year, Syracuse University earned an invitation to the inaugural game that featured the Orange defeating Kansas State University, which more than likely will not be invited back.

Meanwhile, the Orange are still searching for their sixth victory that would allow them to become bowl eligible -- On Saturday, SU lost to the University of Cincinnati, 30-13.

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