A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Notre Dame plans to accept a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not become official, says Notre Dame officials have informed bowl organizers that the Fighting Irish will play in the Dec. 28 game in New York against a team from the American Athletic Conference.
CBS.com first reported Notre Dame’s decision.
The Fighting Irish were left without a pre-arranged bowl destination this season. Notre Dame’s final choice came down to the Hawaii Bowl or the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Fighting Irish (8-4) will play either Houston (8-4) or Rutgers (5-6). Rutgers must beat USF on Saturday to become bowl-eligible.
Central Fla. gets BCS bid
ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 15 UCF qualified for the school’s first BCS bid with Louisville’s victory over Cincinnati.
The Knights wrapped up at least a share of the first American Athletic Conference championship last week. The league’s automatic BCS bid was locked up Thursday night when the 19th-ranked Cardinals beat the Bearcats 31-24 in overtime.
UCF (10-1, 7-0) finishes the regular season Saturday at SMU (5-6, 4-3), seeking an outright league title and undefeated conference record.
If the Knights lose to the Mustangs, they will tie Louisville for the conference championship. UCF has the tiebreaker after beating the Cardinals 38-35 in October.