Breaking: Wisconsin to Face Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl

Breaking: Wisconsin to Face Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl

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Breaking: Wisconsin to Face Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin has accepted an invitation to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, taking the Badgers to a location they have never played before. Waiting for them will be a familiar opponent.

The Badgers’ accepted bowl bid will have them square off against Miami on December 27 at New York City’s Yankee Stadium. The game will be televised at 4:15 p.m. CT on ESPN.

It will be the third meeting in bowl games between Wisconsin and Miami. The Badgers knocked off the Hurricanes in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and won last season in the Orange Bowl, 34-24, in the Hurricanes’ own stadium in Miami Gardens.

Like Wisconsin, Miami finished the regular season 7-5, including a 4-4 record in the ACC. The Hurricanes won their final two games to gain bowl eligibility after suffering through a four-game losing streak.

Playing in a bowl game for the 17th consecutive season, tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the country, the Badgers have won four straight bowl games, including a 3-0 record under head coach Paul Chryst. Miami has lost seven of its last eight bowl games.

The dominoes for Wisconsin’s bowl game started to fall earlier in the day when the College Football Playoff selection committee took only two Big Ten teams for New Year’s Six bowl games – No.6 Ohio State (the Big Ten champion) will play No.9 Washington (the Pac-12 champion) in the Rose Bowl and No.7 Michigan will play No.10 Florida in the Peach Bowl.

Despite finishing No.12 in the final standings, Penn State wasn’t selected by the committee. That put the Nittany Lions in the Citrus Bowl – the top contracted bowl game in the Big Ten – to play No.14 Kentucky.

Northwestern claiming spots in the Holiday Bowl against No.17 Utah, Michigan State playing Oregon in the Redbox Bowl and Purdue getting Auburn in the Music City Bowl took three other landing spots for the Badgers.

The Pinstripe Bowl began in 2010 and the Big Ten has participated in the last four games (holding a 3-1 record with a two-game win streak). UW hasn’t played in the New York area since losing 34-0 to Syracuse in the 1997 season opener in East Rutherford, N.J.

With an alumni base of nearly 4,000, New York City boasts UW-Madison’s fifth-largest alumni population, and largest outside of the Midwest.

“We have a very large contingent of dedicated fans and alumni in the New York area and look forward to being able to connect with them,” UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players to spend the holiday season in New York City. I am sure it will be an experience they never forget.”

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